Spence is committed to offering students varied opportunities for extracurricular participation. The School believes that participation in extracurricular activities enables students to develop talents that may find little expression in the classroom. Extracurricular activities often require collaboration between students, rendering the process of involvement as important as the finished product. Because Spence is a small school with a cohesive community, many students have the opportunity to assume a leadership position in an organization or club by the time they graduate.

Club offerings vary from year to year depending on student interest; not all of the activities listed below will be active in a given year.

Upper School Clubs

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  • Afro-Latina Alliance at Spence (ALAS)

    Grades 9-12

    The Afro-Latina Alliance at Spence is an affinity group for African-American and Latina students. Founded in 1989, ALAS recognizes the ongoing challenges of creating a school community dedicated to being anti-racist and an equitable and just environment. As such, ALAS provides a safe space for African-American and Latina students in the Upper School to share in the unique challenges and opportunities of building such a community at Spence. Weekly meetings allow ALAS members and the faculty advisors of ALAS to help students direct conversations, plan events and occasionally create open forums for the entire Spence community to engage in meaningful dialogue around diversity issues.
  • Amnesty International

    Grades 9-12

    Amnesty’s main goal is to inform the Spence community about the multitude of human rights crises worldwide. The club will work to address human rights crises, as well as hold discussions and forums on issues such as torture and the death penalty. Amnesty will also work to fundraise for important organizations dealing with human rights.
  • Asian Focus Club

    Grades 9-12

    Asian Focus aims to educate and spread awareness of Asian cultures and traditions within the club and throughout the entire Spence community through food, films, music and school events.
  • Chess Club (US)

    Grades 9-12

    In the Upper School Chess Club, members practice problem-solving skills, and work to improve the specific focus and concentration required in chess. They teach new members how to play and hold small tournaments, and experienced players may go to city, state or national competitions.
  • Choreography Club

    Grades 9-12

    Choreography Club provides an environment that allows students to gain confidence in their choreographic skills and express themselves in a way that is not possible in words. The Choreography Club offers an opportunity for students who wish to dance within the school community but cannot commit to Dance Company.
  • Classics Club

    Grades 9-12

    In Classics Club, members will explore Roman and ancient Greek history and culture as well as the Latin and ancient Greek languages. Members will participate in various activities, including mock Certamens (Latin competitions), discussing topics such as history and mythology and celebrating significant dates from ancient Rome and Greece. The club will not only prepare Latin students for upcoming Certamens with other schools, but also will hold its own interschool competition.
  • Current Events Club

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of the Current Events Club at Spence is to inform the Spence community of both national and international news, from politics to entertainment.
  • Environmental Club (US)

    Grades 9-12

    The purpose of Environmental Club is to raise the student body’s awareness of environmental issues, and to organize students and enable them to contribute solutions to the betterment of the environment. The environment encompasses not only the ecosystems of the planet, but also the Spence community and its local environment. The club attempts to achieve these goals through weekly meetings in which we examine various environmental issues in the media and organize events focused on eating local as well as Earth Week activities and fundraisers for various environmental charities. The club also has a biannual reusable water bottle sale to reduce the school’s waste and raise funds. 
  • eVoice

    Grades 9-12

    The eVoice is Spence’s online newspaper. It aims to take advantage of the freedom offered by its online format to include a range of content and media. eVoice covers everything from Spence news, current events, and opinion columns to creative writing and other artistic endeavors including photography, etc. The platform also allows for open (moderated) discourse in the comments section of each piece.
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

    Grades 9-12

    The main objectives of GSA are to provide support and education in our community. The club is committed to providing a safe space for individuals who may be struggling with their identity, who may be experiencing harassment or discomfort at school because of their actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity or expression, and for students and faculty alike to talk about issues surrounding LGBT identities. We discuss questions such as: Why does Spence need a GSA? We will aim to bring in speakers and support organizations that help educate the larger community or provide aid to individuals who have been discriminated against because of their personal identities.
  • Girls Who Code

    Grades 9-12

    Girls Who Code encourages girls to pursue computer science. The club aims to equip girls with the computing skills and confidence to achieve future pursuits with utmost potential. The larger goal is to reach gender parity in engineering by exposing girls to computer science. Students learn a variety of essential skills including – but not limited to – computer programming languages, entrepreneurship, and soft skills such as networking and pitching of ideas.
  • Hospital Outreach Club

    Grades 9-12

    The Hospital Outreach Club’s mission is to support very ill and hospitalized children by engaging volunteers to spend time with them. The Hospital Outreach Club orchestrates visits to children in hospitals so that they can interact and play within their hospital setting. The club organizes hospital visits, educates Spence students about how to approach a hospital visit, and helps them to send a message of hope to hospitalized children.
  • Jewish Culture Club

    Grades 9-12

    Jewish Culture Club aims to educate and spread awareness of Jewish cultures and traditions within the club and throughout the entire Spence community.
  • Microfinance Club

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of Microfinance Club is to spread awareness and gain involvement in microfinance by raising and lending funds (raised and collected by Spence students in the club) to entrepreneurs. The club will be established as the Spence chapter of the organization Zawadi by Youth, and within that, Kiva, Accion USA and others.
  • Nerdina

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of Nerdina is to develop young women into leaders in the field of technology by instilling in them a deep appreciation for the underlying principles and concepts that enable innovation resulting in the development of useful products. 
  • Science Bowl

    Grades 9-12

    Science Bowl’s mission is to interest more people in science within the Spence community and to allow those who are already interested in science to sharpen their skills in that area. Training Science Bowl team members to participate in interschool, regional and national science competitions will allow us to accomplish this goal.
  • Sci-Pi

    Grades 9-12

    Sci-Pi is a STEM club that aims to get the Spence community more involved in science and math through recreational activities, speakers, and group discussions.
  • Shakespeare Club

    Grades 9-12

    The Shakespeare Club’s mission is to offer a regular meeting time and place for students who love to read Shakespeare’s works. The club reads works together (sonnets or plays), brings in speakers on Shakespeare, and goes to at least one Shakespeare production a year.
  • Spence Initiatives for Diversity (SID)

    Grades 9-12

    SID’s mission is to promote diversity and open discussions of diversity in a comfortable environment at Spence. This includes discussions on the eight social identifiers—race, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, gender, ability (both mental and physical), age, ethnicity—as well as appearance and body image, family structure, neighborhood and language.
  • Spence Supports UNICEF

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of Spence Supports UNICEF is to educate the Spence community about the important work UNICEF does; advocate and fundraise for the organization; and volunteer at local events in New York City pertaining to the welfare of children.
  • Spence Women’s Action Network (SWAN)

    Grades 9-12

    Feminist (n) = A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of all sexes. SWAN is a discussion-based club where we talk about current political and social issues regarding gender roles and inequality. We want to educate our peers about commonly overlooked issues, such as double standards for both sexes, and encourage them to feel comfortable talking about these topics in everyday life. In our discussions we incorporate all aspects of life and encourage members to bring topics they would like to explore.
  • Stock Market Club

    Grades 9-12

    The Stock Market Club is a game club where students learn how the stock market works. Members participate in a virtual stock market game where they are given $100,000 (virtual dollars) to invest in stocks. Students compete against clubs in Interschool schools.
  • Young Sages

    Young Sages is a community service after-school program that gives students the chance to visit with senior citizens through DOROT's Friendly Visiting Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of New York City's elderly population through intergenerational activities and home visits. Additionally, the program provides middle school students with the opportunity to form friendships with Upper School students and learn valuable leadership skills.

Upper School Student Associations

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  • Booster Squad

    Grades 9-12

    Booster Squad is a student-run dance group whose main goal is to present hip-hop inspired choreography to the Spence community. Its members are chosen by audition. In addition to performing at the annual Spence Dance Concert, members also perform at other events such as Siesta Fiesta and the Spring Dance Performance.
  • Community Service

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of the Community Service Student Organization is to encourage the Spence community to actively engage in community service work. The Community Service Student Organization emphasizes the importance of doing service work—both the positive impact service has on peoples lives and the collective world, and the personal satisfaction derived from contributing time and effort to a cause.
  • Debate Club

    Grades 9-12

    The Spence Debate Club is a venue for Spence students to gain oratorical skills, confidence in performing speeches and the ability to argue current issues in a competitive environment. The Debate Club competes in local and national competitions.
  • Fingerprints

    Grades 9-12

    Fingerprints is a literary and visual arts club for students to expand their creative thinking, receive feedback on their work and learn to critique and appreciate other art. Members and attendees are encouraged to expand their own skills in their preferred mediums, or try their hand at something new. Fingerprints will continue its annual publication, but will have regular meetings and club activities as well.
  • Leadership Through History

    Grades 9-12

    Leadership Through History’s mission is to promote students’ collaborative examination of history in the contextual, analytic, and value perspectives that enrich future leaders. Furthermore, it hopes to leverage the catalyst of history competitions and narrow the gender gap in these competitions while contributing to increased girls’/women’s leadership roles.
  • Mock Trial

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of Mock Trial is to understand our legal system—specifically the trial process—by learning the rules of evidence and procedure. In this way, Mock Trial is a club that focuses on legal education. However, Mock Trial’s mission also includes a dramatic component. The team is made up not only of “lawyers,” but also “witnesses,” who must memorize their affidavits and from that information testify as that character. In its essence, the mission of Mock Trial is to inspire students about justice in America.
  • Model Congress

    Grades 9-12

    Model Congress is a group of students dedicated to engaging members of the Spence community in enthusiastic mock-congressional debates while focusing on creative solutions to our nation’s problems. Using parliamentary procedure, we engage in weekly debates about issues that affect politics today. Members also attend local and national Model Congress conferences.
  • Model United Nations

    Grades 9-12

    Model UN is the student organization at Spence dedicated to debating current issues in foreign affairs. The organization attends three conferences: one at Horace Mann in the fall, one at Harvard in the winter and another one here in New York City in the spring. Weekly meetings in fall and winter terms are therefore dedicated to preparing for the first two conferences. In the spring term, the organization hosts debates in the club that require members to complete independent research and present a case before the rest of the group. Model United Nations aims to educate Spence students on international issues so as to improve global awareness throughout the community.
  • Red Door

    Red Door exists to represent the School and the student body to prospective Spence families. We aim to shed light on Spence life in a professional and informative fashion. Through tours, open houses and panels, we strive to convey Spence’s philosophies thoroughly and wholeheartedly.
  • *spark

    Grades 9-12

    *spark is Spence’s public opinion magazine in which members of the Spence community write about issues of importance to them. The publication process is taken care of by wonderfully fun, quirky intellectuals also known as *speditors who help emphasize the impact of the content and the aesthetics of the articles. *spark aims to educate and expose Spence to a variety of thoughts and experiences that encourage open minds as well as open discussion.
  • Spence Multicultural Awareness Coalition (SMAC)

    Grades 9-12

    SMAC is a group of students dedicated to discussing issues of diversity and bringing multicultural awareness to the Spence community. The members, accepted via application, are responsible for facilitating small group discussions on Upper School diversity days.
  • Student Council

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of Student Council is to provide support to Spence policies as well as Upper School clubs and organizations. Student Council openly addresses any issues that arise in areas concerning the Upper School student body. These areas include the social and extracurricular life of the Upper School. Student Council hopes to maintain a healthy relationship among other clubs and organizations, and serve as a resource if clubs and organizations need one. Student Council also serves to bridge communication between the student body and the faculty and administration. Finally, Student Council seeks to keep students’ Spence spirit high with Siesta Fiestas, color days and more.
  • Triple Trio

    Grades 9-12

    One of the oldest student groups at Spence, Triple Trio is a student-run, audition-only a capella group that meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning and Sunday night. Singing contemporary hits and old-school favorites, Triple performs at important Spence events, the choral concerts and on other special occasions, becoming a tight-knit musical community in the process. At the end of the year, we record a CD of our repertoire and sell it on the last day of school, using the funds for the coming year. Triple is a great source of tradition, music and family.
  • Upper School Tutors

    Grades 9-12

    The mission of Upper School Tutors is to enable Spence students to collaboratively address academic needs within the student body. Members become tutors in subjects of their strengths and meet with other Spence students who require additional help or clarity. Through one-on-one, regular tutoring sessions between tutors and tutees, Upper School Tutors seeks to help all Spence students reach their academic potential.
  • Voice

    Grades 9-12

    The Voice is the official student newspaper of the Spence School. It exists to serve as a conduit of communication within the Spence School community, and to celebrate the talents, accomplishments and initiatives of the School, its students and faculty members. We hope to promote the School’s spirit in insightful dialogues that inspire and involve readers. The writers, editors and advisors attempt to carry out this significant task by publishing a 12-page paper every three to six weeks. The paper is divided into five sections (News, Features, Opinion, Entertainment and Sports) with an occasional Student Supplement in order to properly place pieces of writing, and create relevant and cohesive pages.
  • Yearbook

    Grades 9-12

    The Yearbook is produced for the School’s approximately 700 students, in addition to the faculty, administrators, parents and alumni of the Spence community. It aims to create a historical record of the school year by generating a creative 300-page themed yearbook that embodies the entire Spence community, including spirit and academics.