Clubs & Activities

Junior School Activities (7th & 8th grades)

List of 14 items.

  • Ancient Roman Theatre (Spring only)

    Frange femur! (Break a leg!) This activity offers students a chance to learn about Roman theatre. Participants will get creative as they rehearse plays in Latin and perform during the Spectaculum Romanum in May.
  • Community Service (Fall, Winter, Spring)

    A call to serve! The Community Service activity exposes students to a variety of service
    opportunities both on and off campus. The activity hopes to inspire participants and inform them about various needs and effective ways to educate classmates, and encourages them to donate to worthy causes. Students will team up for a shared community service effort during the activity.
  • Cool and Current Science (Fall and Winter)

    Calling all future scientists! This is the activity for students who like science, like to think
    about and talk about cool stuff that’s going on in current science, and think that it’s fun to find out about other students in the United States and around the world who are participating in “real” science and research.
  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind (required: Fall, Winter, Spring)

    The purpose of the HBHM program is to share information about health and well-being
    and address questions students may have about topics that may be important to their lives.This program is not just about their physical health, but mental and emotional health as well. Grade 7 addresses: communication styles, internet and personal interactions, stress reduction, sleep and its effect on learning and memory, and nutrition. Grade 8 addresses: exercise and its benefits, stress and how it affects one’s health, body image, tobacco, alcohol and drug use and its effects.
  • Hilltopper (student newspaper) (Fall, Winter, Spring)

    Looking for future journalists! The Hilltopper is the Junior School newspaper that offers
    students an opportunity to report on school events and to experience the different aspects of creating and publishing journalistic articles. Students design and write their own pieces. The Hilltopper is a form of community service within the Hopkins community as well as a way to get to know what is happening at Hoping and in the world beyond life on the Hill.
  • Improv / Public Speaking (Fall and Winter)

    Calling all actors and actor wannabes! Public Speaking/Improve gets students
    comfortable speaking in front of a large group by discussing good public speaking habits, rehearsing fun improvisational games that incorporate those habits, and performing them at Junior School lunch.
  • Italian Cooking and Culture (Winter and Spring)

    Learn about the world of modern Italy in sight, sound, and taste! Take a virtual visit to some of Italy's most glorious sites, from Venice to Sicily; recreate art and monuments hands-on; sing along with Andrea Bocelli, Italian folk songs, and opera; have fun preparing tasty Italian treats like cannoli, bruschetta, and pasta, and perhaps pay a visit to a local bakery or cheese shop. This activity is designed for everyone!
  • Junior School Chorus (Fall only)

    Calling all singers! Join us for an hour of singing each week and prepare to be a part of
    the Winter Choral Concert, held at Church of the Redeemer in New Haven! We will learn some really great music and will have lots of fun. You must be available on Sunday, December 13, for the Winter Concert. Come and sing with us! (Eighth grades may earn the chance to travel to Costa Rica with the Concert Choir in June!)
  • Junior School Play: Alice in Wonderland (Spring only)

    Looking for budding thespians! This year’s Junior School production will be “Alice in Wonderland.” Join in the fun as we venture down the rabbit hole for the entertainment of the Hopkins community. Performances May 12 and 13.
  • Model United Nations (Fall and Spring)

    Let the delegates assemble! This activity is designed for students who want to learn about and discuss international topics through the lens of the U.N. It culminates with the chance to participate in a "mock" U.N. session.
  • Morning Star (literary magazine) (Fall and Winter)

    Creative writers wanted! Morningstar is a brand new Hopkins literary magazine that will
    feature work exclusively by Junior Schoolers. Participants will come up with and create the content for each issue, including their own short stories, poems, drawings, and photography. This activity is a chance to do some purely for-fun writing, and to share it with the Hopkins reading public.
  • Reading Rocks (Winter and Spring)

    Looking for readers! A book club JUST FOR FUN, just for J Schoolers. Particfipants will choose two or three titles from a list of recommended and group-nominated titles. Copies of the selected books are provided! We'll read and discuss our books over the eight-week activities season.
  • Scrapbook (JS photo book) (Fall, Winter, Spring)

    Calling all photographers and graphic designers! The Scrapbook is the Junior School
    yearbook that offers students an opportunity to learn about photography, copy writing, and graphic design. The Scrapbook is published at the end of the year and records the J School in pictures that include adviser groups, sports, activities, and trips.
  • Seventh Grade Study Skills (required 7th Grade)

    The Seventh Grade Study Skills activity meets for four weeks in September, to introduce
    students to the academic community and culture here on the Hill. Topics covered include: time management, organization, study techniques, active learning, and learning styles.

Middle School and High School Activities (9–12th grades)

List of 84 items.

  • 1660 Ambassadors

    Creates an opportunity for students who have a passion for Hopkins to share that excitement with others in the Admission and Development Office.
  • A capella - Harmonaires

    Continue the legacy of Hopkins oldest and only all male a capella group.
  • A cappella - Spirens

    To sing a cappella music in a friendly setting with a group of 10-12 girls and to perform for the Hopkins community at various assemblies, the Winter and Spring Concerts and Spam Jam.
  • A cappella - Triple Trio

    To learn and perform a cappella arrangements, culminating in several performances throughout the year and the big Spam Jam concert at the end of the year.
  • Arts for Apples

    Selling digital reproductions of student artwork and giving the proceeds to the Healthy Schools Campaign (hence the name art for apples).
  • Autism Speaks

    Fundraise for Autism Speaks.
  • Book Buddies

    Book club for adults with intellectual disabilities from a group home in Norwalk.
  • Breakthrough New Haven

    Offers academic skills development and preparation for and placement into college preparatory high school programs to high potential middle school students (grades 7 and 8) from New Haven public and parochial schools.
  • Card Club

    Play & learn many non-gambling card games with a focus on teaching & playing Bridge.
  • Casual Tai Chi Club

    To bring the ancient art of Tai Chi to the Hopkins community.
  • Catwalk for a Cure

    The mission is to raise awareness, as well as funds for research, for breast cancer in both women and men.
  • Chess Team

    Further our skill/knowledge in a comfortable environment. Compete in various tournaments & improve our play on the competitive level.
  • Chinese Culture Club

    To learn Chinese culture and hold activies related with Chinese culture.
  • Club de Espanol

    Expand upon Spanish proficiency, fluency, & cultural understanding.
  • Columbus House

    Help the residents of Columbus House, a local shelter, by making and serving dinner throughout the year.
  • Computer Science Club

    Provide an environment for learning Computer Science.
  • Cookies for a Cure

    Raise money for cancer research by selling cookies.
  • Cooking Club

    To bring the joy of cooking to campus.
  • Dance Team

    To bring people together to dance.
  • Daystar

    Campus literary/arts magazine that hosts meetings to discuss student work.
  • Debate Team

    To train and prepare students for six interscholastic debate tournaments and to host and organize a Hopkins debate.
  • ERRO (Equal Rights, Respect, & Opportunities)

    To raise awareness for domestic and global gender issues and to encourage everyone to get involved.
  • Foundation School

    To spend time with and help young people with special needs feel appreciated.
  • French Club

    Explore, learn about and celebrate French language and culture.
  • Frisbee Club

    Play frisbee.
  • Garden Club

    Plant and harvest delicious fruits/veggies in our on-campus garden.
  • Gems2

    Raise awareness about human trafficking as well as the global benefit of educating girls.
  • Giving to Ghana

    To help orphans of Ghana at the Sankofa Children’s Home by raising money for their school building project, sending books and other teaching materials, and sponsoring a child.
  • Habitat for Humanity

    Help local affiliate of HFH with construction, clean-up and restoration.
  • HDA - Hopkins Drama Association

    To facilitate the production of theatrical shows as well as generally support drama on campus as an extension of the Arts Department.
  • Honduras Children's Project

    Dedicated to improving the education for the children of Copprome Orphanage in El Progresso.
  • Hop for Music

    Work with the Music Haven Organization.
  • Hopkins Dream Team

    Educate and advocate for the importance of sleep and time management for Hopkins students.
  • Hopkins Fights Hunger

    Raise awareness of and help fight against hunger in the U.S., especially in the local community
  • Hopkins for Equus

    Raise money & awareness for neglected horses & children who benefit from these animals
  • Hopkins for Sandy Hook

    Support victims of gun violence in Newtown & elsewhere.
  • Hopkins Outing Club

    To go on day trips and explore the greater community through nature.
  • Hopkins Ski Racing

    Establish a love of ski racing and competition.
  • Hopkins to Hangzhou

    A joint-student publication with the Hangzhou Foreign Language School in China. To connect students, share ideas, and understand each other's views.
  • Investment Club

    Learn about investing and the economy
  • Jam Club

    We send an email to those on our list outlining the "theme of the week" (ex. Latin jazz week or funk week) and possibly lead sheets with relevant music. We meet and jam on this music with everyone taking solos and experimenting with the new genre.
  • JSA - Junior Statesmen of America

    To have political debates with other high school students.
  • KIND (Kids in Need of Desks)

    Raise awareness and money for UNICEF's KIND fund which provides desks and other vital school supplies for children in Malawi.
  • Maroon Key

    Support all service-based clubs and efforts; oversee annual programs & events at Hopkins.
  • Maroon Key - Relay for Life

    Raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. Attend a relay event to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
  • Maroon Key - Sports for Service

    To provide fun athletic competitions while fundraising for various organizations. Purpose is to attract athletes, as well as the general school population, to fundraising at convenient times.
  • Martial Arts Awareness

    To discuss different aspects of martial arts and show how each one is unique.
  • Math Team

    Do math.
  • Model United Nations

    Train and prepare students to participate for four interscholastic competitions.
  • Monkey Business

    Provide a discussion forum for students to discuss/educate their peers on issues regarding sex, physical and mental health, and making healthy decisions as a teenager.
  • Music Makers

    Meet each week & create songs together to play at Battle of the Bands.

    Participate in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Natural Disaster Relief

    Our mission is to help people and countries that have suffered a severe natural disaster. We raise money to contribute to Americares to immediately help the cause. 
  • Nicaragua Club

    Provide aid & awareness for struggling schools in Leon through the Leon-New Haven Sister City Project.
  • Odyssey of the Mind

    Build teamwork & a sense of community in a fun, competitive environment while stregthening skills in English & the arts.
  • PAWS (Protecting Animals Worldwide Society)

    Protect animals from abuse & neglect while providing care for animals worldwide by raising money/donating items to shelters in need.
  • Peaches - Improv Club

    The Hopkins improvisational drama club provides a safe and stress-free environment for students to play improv games without the pressure of auditions or performing.
  • Peer Tutoring

    Set up tutoring pairs between students who volunteer to tutor and students who request tutoring.
  • Per Annos - Yearbook

    Create the Hopkins Yearbook.
  • Philosophy Club

    Give students a venue to think outside the classroom
  • Photography Club

    Our mission is to expand the Hopkins community's knowledge of photography, and to provide interested students an opportunity to share their work with the school.
  • Project Reach

    Use dance and creative movement to provide valuable opportunities for the enhancement of social/self-expressive skills of individuals with special needs in a structured, stimulating, engaging, supportive, & empowering environment.
  • Read to Grow

    To increase awareness about literacy in Connecticut and to fundraise to support Read to Grow, Inc. 
  • Red Cross

    Work together on projects that assist disaster relief, support, and promote health and safety.
  • Robotics Team

    Educate Hopkins students about the fundamentals of robotics and engineering through hands-on building and programming robots for competitions.
  • Round Table

    Allow students with different points of views to come together in a round table forum to share and discuss ideas about current events, political topics, and social issues.
  • SAFE Club (Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial Cleanliness, Environmental Improvements)

    Eradicate preventable diseases & raise awareness. Current focus: blinding trachoma.
  • SAGA - Sexuality and Gender Advocates

    Promote sexual and gender equality across the Hopkins campus.
  • Science Olympiad

    Train for, and compete in, the Connecticut Science Olympiad in March.
  • Seriously Syria (Formerly Days of Rage)

    Convey the human tragedy of the Syrian Civil War.
  • Sign Language Club

    Teach Sign Language.
  • Soccer Vision

    To collect new and used sports equipment to donate to an orphanage in Guatemala. (Working with Hope for Life and the Garofollo family)
  • Squash Club

    Our mission is to teach and show people the benefits of squash, while strengthening the squash program at Hopkins. At the same time, we try to spread the popularity of squash.
  • Student Council

    To bridge the gap between students and faculty and to make Hopkins a better place for ourselves and for future generations.
  • Student Productions

    Provide alternative and student-led theater opportunities for the Hopkins community.
  • SURE - Students United for Racial Equality

    To promote racial equality and diversity within the Hopkins community, and to encourage students to promote racial equality/diversity and respect amongst their peers.
  • Sustainability Committee

    Make Hopkins a "green" school by promoting awareness and behavior modification.
  • TASC (Technology & Social Communication)

    Educate Hopkins about upcoming developments in technology.
  • The Razor

    To provide the Hopkins community with an informative, relevant, and polished monthly newspaper.
  • Tour Guides

    To provide prospective students with a well-informed, student-led tour of campus.
  • Underhill

    Underhill is an app created for Hopkins to show what student life on the Hill is like.
  • Veterans Club

    Our mission is to both raise money to donate to veteran related charities as well as to volunteer at veteran related events.
  • Young Democrats

    Foster discussion about politics while volunteering to help elect democrats into public office.
  • Young Republicans

    Bring about discussion of varied political parties and the true meaning behind their mission.