EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
In support of our school philosophy to educate the whole child in the physical, social, intellectual, and emotional realms, we believe that extra-curricular programs and activities are an integral part of our daily schedule, offering students opportunities to explore new possibilities, pursue individual interests, and discover personal strengths and talents. We further believe that an effective activities program teaches participants the value of cooperation and spirit of teamwork, providing opportunities to engage in healthy competition and strengthen the sense of community. To this end, the ASOY activities program offers fun and safe opportunities that encourage children of all ages to explore ideas and participate in events that promote skill-building, critical thinking, and cross cultural friendships.
In addition to “intramural-type” activities offered through the school, the ASOY After-School Program offers a variety of after school and weekend activities and lessons for students, to include tennis and swimming lessons, hip hop dancing, ballet and yoga, African drumming, various sports clinics and tournaments, and summer programs. Some of our ASA session are subject to an additional fee to compensate for hiring outside instructors.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
A variety of clubs and organizations are offered for students, depending on student interest and the availability of resources. Below are the descriptions of some of the clubs and organizations offered in the middle and high school:
Model United Nations
Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In Model UN, students take on roles as foreign diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO). Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
ASOY students have participated in MUN for several years in such locations as St. Petersburg, Russia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Genoa, Italy. Participation is limited to students in Grades 11 and 12 and is dependent on academic standing and teacher recommendation. The MUN trip is at parental expense; however, students are expected to participate in fundraisers to contribute to the cost of their trip.
The Middle School and High School Student Councils are comprised of elected representatives from each grade level, grades 6-12. The main focus of the Student Council is to promote education and student recognition; build school spirit and a positive environment; and participate in student governance by providing input concerning school policies, procedures, and guidelines. The Student Council is responsible for planning and organizing the annual ASOY Spirit Week in the fall, as well as other events scheduled during the school year. To be elected to the Student Council, a student must have high academic standing and be a positive role model in the school community.
National Honor Society
Membership in the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Students are eligible for membership based on Scholarship (GPA), Service, Character and Leadership are selected by a faculty committee. Selection takes place in April, followed by an induction ceremony honoring new members. Students selected are expected to continue demonstrating the requisite qualities and to actively participate in activities sponsored by NHS and NJHS. NHS and NJHS members are active participants serving the school community in a variety of ways, from planning special events, tutoring other students, and initiating school projects.
Mt. Cameroon Expedition
Every year, a group of ASOY parents and students embarks on a hike up Mt. Cameroon, an active volcano towering 4,070 meters (13,353 ft) over the ocean in the South West of Cameroon. Extensive training and preparation is required. Students in Grades 7-12 are eligible to participate, as well as parents willing to act as chaperones. The purpose of the trip is not to provide a family vacation, but rather to afford a group experience in which all participants work together to ensure a successful venture for everyone.