Co-curriculars activities and clubs in the upper school

The American School of Paris offers a wide range of enriching experiences for your children in the Upper School. For more details and information click on the panels below.

A Cappella / The Trebels

Student-run a cappella singing group. Members are chosen through audition.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International aims to identify, bring attention to, and petition grave abuses of human rights across the world. A movement of over 3 million activists and supporters, Amnesty uses the power of international pressure to affect change. Amnesty at ASP is an officially recognized affiliate of Amnesty France, and so the club often works in conjunction with their headquarters in Paris; while still remaining independent, with the flexibility to chose which topics the club members wish to pursue. Faculty supervisor: Maryama Antoine (mantoine@asparis.fr).

Art Club

In ART CLUB, students may work on various projects involving diverse materials and supports (choice made individually). Photography included! This club is for the student who needs more time to do their art work (IB) or the student who cannot fit art into their schedule. Group projects, such as murals for the school may be proposed. Faculty supervisor: Frank Vescio (fvescio@asparis.fr).

Aspire Student Newspaper

Aspire is the ASP student newspaper. Our reporters cover school-related topics as well as social issues, world events, and human interest stories.

Green Team

Green Team is an environmental club that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment at ASP and beyond. It oversees the recycling at schools and works to reduce the consumption of paper, water, electricity and other such resources. We also fundraise for various charity groups every year. Faculty supervisor: Cristin Colbert (ccolbert@asparis.fr)

Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat Club at ASP continues to battle poverty by building homes for low-income families. Club members, in addition to raising awareness throughout the year, prepare for a trip to a build site; past trips have included Portugal, Romania, Poland, Macedonia, and Indonesia. The club welcomes Upper School students from all grades! Faculty supervisors: Duncan McEachern (dmceachern@asparis.fr) & Alyssa Pierce (apierce@asparis.fr).

India Club

India Club raises funds and collects donations for the Jyoti School for handicapped children in Rishekesh, India as well as the Luxman Jhula Medical center, which treats people with leprosy. Goals include giving as much support as possible to these two institutions and learning about India and its culture, as well as how to perform community service. Faculty supervisors: Laurence Duclos (lduclos@asparis.fr) & Luke Curtis (lcurtis@asparis.fr).

INK Magazine

INK is ASP's student-led literary magazine. We take part in expeditions into Paris (Shakespeare & Co most recently), host an open-mic literary evening every year and publish a magazine containing student photography, poetry, short fiction, essays, graphic stories, etc. Our aim is to allow budding writers to explore their talents, their imagination and their self-confidence. Contributions are always welcomed. Faculty supervisor: Maryama Antoine (mantoine@asparis.fr).

Jazz Band

We are a standard 'big band' that plays a wide variety of musical styles. These include blues, swing, cool jazz, funk, rock, Latin and movie themes. Upper School musicians with at least 2-3 years of playing experience are welcome to join on the following instruments: Flute, alto / tenor / baritone saxophones, trumpet, trombone / euphonium, electric guitar, piano, bass and drum kit. Good reading of musical notation is essential for our repertoire, including chord symbols for guitarists. Improvising is encouraged but not required from all musicians.

We perform at school concerts as well as school events on and off campus. Members of the band are also eligible to audition for the AMIS Honor Jazz Festival (https://www.amis-online.org/mshmc-festival-details) which takes place each year at various locations worldwide. There is also an opportunity to attend the AMIS Jazz Skills Workshop, part of the main jazz festival, which is open to all musicians who wish to learn or improve their jazz techniques. Faculty supervisor: Matthew Hall (mhall@asparis.fr).

Junior / Senior Math Team

This club is focused on improving Math skills, but from a different perspective. In the club, we tackle math problems using “outside of the box” thinking. Club members also participate in international mathematics competitions. Faculty supervisor: Sara Kopp (skopp@asparis.fr).

Kalahari Education Experience

The Kalahari Education Experience culminates in a two-week trip that ASP students take during summer vacation (the last week of June and the first week of July) to the Moshaweng Valley in South Africa. We specifically travel to the small village of Ganap, where we work at an intermediate school during the students' winter break. The students at this school will have to take and pass a matriculation exam in English in order to gain acceptance into high school. At our meetings, we work on two things. The first task is fundraising for school supplies for the students of Ganap. The second thing that we work on throughout the year, and possibly the most important thing, is the anthology used as the basis of the lessons we provide. Faculty supervisors: Jo Jarvis (jjarvis@asparis.fr).

Kenya Club

Kenya Club is a philanthropic organization which conducts fundraising in order to help a special youngster in Kenya, Kelvin Atuya, pursue his education. The club has been in existence for several years. Its immediate goal is to support Kelvin through to the end of his secondary education. The club has recently broadened its interests to fund the education of a young woman and address issues particularly affecting young African women. Faculty supervisor: Cora Enard (cenard@asparis.fr).

Kids Home Club

Kids Home Club supports the Baan Dek Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This organization supports four different programs, which help families and children of different ages. The main program provides support for migrant children on construction sites where they do not have access to education or health care. The Kids Home at ASP thinks of creative and fun ways to raise money to help these children in Thailand, including an annual Fashion Show.

Model UN / Paris Model UN

Model UN is a club in which we debate global issues, with the goal of finding solutions to these issues in the UN framework. In meetings, we practice our skills of debate and public speaking, while researching the nations we represent to learn about foreign policy. We also attend several conferences throughout the year, which require great levels of leadership and collaboration with others. In addition, we host the Paris Model UN conference held annually at UNESCO which brings together approximately 900 participants. Faculty supervisor: Ouriel Reshef (oreshef@asparis.fr).

Rebel TV

The High School media production club. We will be producing PSA videos, comedy skits and learn about the inside of a production studio. Our videos will be shown in PAC to the whole High School throughout the year. Faculty supervisor: Erick Pessoa (epessoa@asparis.fr).

Robotics Club

The Robotics Club is for anyone interested in engineering and/or coding. We participate in two annual competitions: the Zero Robotics Challenge in the fall and the FIRST Tech Challenge in the spring. Zero Robotics is run by MIT and NASA, and we have the opportunity to code small autonomous robots on the International Space Station. FIRST requires us to build a large robot capable of competing against other teams doing a series of complex tasks. We travel to Grenoble to go head to head against other schools throughout France. Everyone of any level is encouraged to join the club! Faculty supervisor: Ron Schildge (rschildge@asparis.fr).

Role Playing Games (RPG)

Looking for more excitement and adventure in your week? Are you ready to be the hero of the story, saving those in need and besting your enemies? Do you like working with friends to overcome puzzles and challenges? Then come join the RPG club on Thursdays in the Upper School! Come have some fun playing games with your peers while also building skills that will benefit you in Middle School, Upper School, and beyond!  New players are always welcome. Come help create the stories that you'll be telling your friends about for years! Contact Mr. Klempa (aklempa@asparis.fr).

Romanian Children's Relief

For over ten years, the Romania club has been supporting the work of Romanian Children’s Relief/Fondatia Innocenti, which runs a playroom for abandoned babies and a program for elementary school Roma children in Bucharest. The club usually sends groups of students to Bucharest for a week during the Toussaint and April breaks to work. Faculty supervisors: Jim Dennison (jdennison@asparis.fr) & Sonata Sardinha (ssardinha@asparis.fr).

Student Council

The Student Council is an organization that acts as a liaison between the students and the administration. We seek to address the concerns of the students whilst striving to create the most favorable environment and culture for the entire student body and school. We are composed of 4 officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary) 12 representatives (3 representatives from each grade) and a Spirit Liason. Advisor: Brian Brazeau (bbrazeau@asparis.fr).

Sumba Foundation Club

Sumba Club is an ASP service club that, through fundraising, aims to lessen the consequences of poverty on the island of Sumba. Each year we focus on a specific goal that can be anything from funding mosquitos nets to funding water tanks for the villages. We try to come up with fun and original fundraising ideas while spreading awareness and making a difference. Faculty supervisor: Mary Jean Lowe (mjlowe@asparis.fr).

Yearbook Club

This club works in tandem with the Yearbook class to produce our annual school yearbook. Students are engaged in artfully and efficiently creating perhaps the key publication associated with our school. Every student enrolled at ASP receives a copy of the yearbook. Faculty supervisor: Cora Enard (cenard@asparis.fr).