Student Clubs, Activities, and Hiking Challenge

Clubs & Groups

Opportunities beyond the classroom inspire students to explore specific interests and give back to the community. From raising awareness of other cultures and traditions through the International Club to kayaking and rockclimbing as part of Middle School Expeditions, there is an extracurricular activity for everyone.

Lower School Clubs & Groups

Newbery and Caldecott Challenges: Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Stephanie Howell

Odyssey of the Mind

100-Mile Club

Girls on the Run

Safety Patrol: Grade 5

Student Ambassadors: Grade 5





Art Classes

Music Lessons

Medieval Swordplay

STEM Activities

Nature / Environmental Activities

Martial Arts

Key School Clubs & Groups

Odyssey of the Mind

Girls on the Run

100-Mile Club

Afternoon Adventures

Middle School Clubs & Groups

Young adolescents are exploring their interests, deepening their passions, and developing a variety of skills. It is a joy and a responsibility for us to support this type of growth by offering well-rounded enrichment activities beyond the classroom. Here is a snapshot of these offerings. 

Book Club is for those who love to read. Members will gather to have rich discussions about both compelling fiction and non-fiction titles alike.

Flex Band is a music-making opportunity offered during Guided Learning. Expertise is not a prerequisite but dedication and commitment are. All instruments and skill levels are welcome.

Literary Magazine is an opportunity for budding creative writers, artists, graphic designers, and editors to create a published showcase for their original works.

Math Club is an opportunity for students with an interest and affinity for mathematics to get together in a safe and stimulating environment to grapple with thorny math challenges and problems

Odyssey of the Mind is a team-based creative problem-solving challenge. Members present their creation at a regional competition and also have the opportunity to progress to competitions at the national and international levels. This is a fall-to-February commitment at minimum. 

Outing Club is for those who want to spend time in the natural world developing and practicing their outdoor skills. Backpacking, climbing, and hiking are just a few of the disciplines offered.

Scholastic Art Awards provides studio time for student artists seeking to submit work to the juried competition of the same name. Winning pieces go on exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum.

Tinker Lab is an opportunity to take household objects and simple machines apart, understand how they work, and “upcycle” them into new creations. Students will use a variety of hand tools to disassemble objects and reassemble them into whatever their imaginations can conceive and their skills can support.

Varsity Jazz Ensemble is for any band or orchestral player who (a) has his or her own instrument in good working order and (b) is at an intermediate playing level or higher.

World Explorers is a Geography Bee-inspired club for those who are curious about the globe. Not only will participants gain greater familiarity with the countries and regions of the planet, but they will also learn about significant landmarks and geophysical features.

Upper School Clubs & Groups

Ambassadors– Serve as guides, buddies, spokespersons, and resources for new prospective students and families.

Black Student Union– This group serves as a forum for communication between students and faculty, with an aim to advocate the needs of students at CDS while empowering, teaching, discussing and exploring the Black experience.

Chorus– Practice and perform vocal arts for our school and the greater community.
Debate Team– Trains and competes against other schools in multiple speech and debate categories.

GSA- Group that allows for those who identify as LGBTQ or those who support/know those who identify as LGBTQ to discuss and share experiences.

Honor Council– Elected members serve to uphold the Honor Code in the CDS community.
International Club– Raises awareness of other cultures and traditions through the enjoyment of authentic music, food, and other cultural celebrations.
Literary Society– Shares the magic of the written word with poetry and prose, producing a bound collection of work in the spring each year.
Math Team– Learns, trains and competes regionally with other math teams of all skill levels.

Model UN– Participants learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations, and may attend conferences together as delegations sent by their respective schools.

Newspaper– Participants work together in various roles to produce The Scratching Post, Carolina Day's Upper School newspaper.
Outdoor Club– Pursues outdoor activities outside of school including paddling, climbing, and mountain biking.
SAFER (Students Allied for Environmental Responsibility) - Improves the environment at CDS and our local community through projects and fundraisers.
Science Olympiad– Learns, prepares and competes against other schools in multiple scientific categories.
Ski/Snowboard Club– Trains and competes against other schools during the winter season.

Social Justice Club– Discusses issues that are pertinent to adults and teens alike, and puts forth school-wide awareness programs for local and national issues.

Student Government– Elected representatives plan activities, promote school spirit, and support community service and school-based cultural events.
Theatre– Puts on award-winning productions for the CDS and Asheville community.

Yearbook– Participants work together in various roles to produce The Silhouette, Carolina Day's PreK–12 yearbook.

*Students may start new clubs each year if they obtain faculty sponsorship and have at least four members.

CDS Hiking Challenge

As an NC Green School of Excellence, we seek to broaden what we do as a school to foster an appreciation and respect in our students for the wonders of our beautiful natural surroundings. Each year we encourage our families, students, faculty, and administration to join the CDS Hiking Challenge—a challenge to achieve eight or more hikes during the school year.

Information about the Hiking Challenge is shared with families through My CDS and in parent communications.