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Beyond the Classroom

In Upper School, class trips and clubs provide students an opportunity to engage in activities beyond the classroom that are both fun and meaningful.  As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is critical for our students to become more culturally aware, well-traveled, and globally-minded. Interregional and international travel experiences are often life-changing, and offer students and teachers new perspectives not only of the world around them, but also of themselves. Each year the CDS faculty plans a selection of exceptional travel and learning experiences for students in grade 9 - 12.

Click on an image below to read more about our Patriots on the Road.

Upper School Clubs

CDS ascribes to the requirements of the International Baccalaureate programmes for students to be involved in extra curricular activities.  This requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship and provides a valuable counterbalance to academic studies. 

Student clubs are formed as  a result of student interest and initiative.  Most clubs meet weekly and while some are sustained over the years, others vary based on student interest.  Anyone wishing to initiate a club must secure a faculty advisor and approval from either the Student Advisory Board or Student Council (depending on the nature and meeting time).  All clubs have a faculty sponsor, but the responsibility of organizing and planning meetings and activities lies with the student leader(s).

There are four categories of clubs in the high school:

  • Governing Boards promote the concerns interests, needs, and welfare of the student body.
  • Honor Societies recognize students who excel academically or as leaders among their peers,
  • General Clubs are faculty sponsored programs that are open to all students.
  • Breaking Ground Clubs meet once a week and provide students the opportunity to take the initiative to create clubs and interest groups to explore their passions.