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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.

Grade 9 - Pathfinders

The 9th grade class has the unique opportunity to launch their high school years with an unforgettable Pathfinder experience. Pathfinder Outdoor Education delivers fun, challenging adventures that help people learn about themselves, others, and the environment, facilitated by extensively trained Pathfinder educators. The activities chosen for this 3-day overnight class trip include team building initiatives, challenge course, high ropes, canoeing, a solo experience, and a campfire. Students are accompanied by their class advisors.

Grade 10 - Boston

The sophomore class travels to Boston for an exceptional learning experience. CDS partners with WorldStrides to offer this walk through history. Students will walk in the footsteps of our presidents and explore their homes, honor the soldiers of the American Revolution and the Civil War at historic battlefields, and stand where our Founding Fathers met to write the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Students will also attend a performance of Blue Man Group, visit Fenway Park, and tour M.I.T. or Harvard (time permitting). The itinerary includes:

Tea is Brewing Tour
Lexington and Concord
National Heritage Museum
Old North Bridge Battle Site
Author's Row & Walden Pond
Plymouth & Plymouth Plantation
Boston Ghost Tour
Freedom Trail

This 10th grade trip provides opportunities for meaningful connections to academic studies, personal growth, adventure, and class bonding through travel. 

Dog Sledding Canada
Grades 8 - 10 - Québec City and Montréal

The French department partners with Evolve Tours to offer a biennial trip to Quebec City and Montreal in January. While this is a French enrichment opportunity, all students in Grades 8, 9 or 10 are invited to join the trip if they would like to experience French Canadian culture and snow!

Trip highlights include:

Dinner and an evening at a traditional Sugar Shack 
Live performance at the Montreal House of Jazz
Ice skating
Afternoon of volunteering
Dog sledding
Touring the historic and beautiful Montreal and Quebec City

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.

Governing Boards

Student Council
2019- 2020 Student Leaders: 
President: EJ J. ('20) and Vice President: Annie F. ('20)
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Horsington/Ms. Glover
Function: Govern the student body and run school activities.
Membership: Elected by the student body; March/April

Student Advisory Board
2019-2020 Student Leaders:
Faculty Sponsors: Ms. Diamond and Ms. Holyman
Function: Build character education through the advisory program.
Membership: Invited by the sponsors and recommended by faculty; April.

Student Athletic Board (SAB)
2019-2020 Student Leader:
Faculty Sponsor: Mr. DeHate
Function: Help lead several aspects of the athletics program.
Membership: Invited by the coaches and recommended by faculty; August.

Honor Societies

National Honor Society
Student Leader: Annie F. ('20)
Faculty Sponsors: Ms. McCartney 
Function: Recognize students who excel in academics, character, leadership, and service
Membership: Invited based on the national guideline; February

Mu Alpha Theta - Math Honor Society
Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Sardone
Function: Recognize students who excel in math and tutor underclassmen
Membership: Invited based on standing in math; March/April

Société Honoraire de Français - French Honor Society
Student Leader:  
Faculty Sponsor: Mme. Polezhaeva
Function: Recognize students who excel in French and spread the culture
Membership: Invited based on standing in French; April

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica - Spanish Honor Society
Student Leaders:  
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Garcia
Function: Recognize students who excel in Spanish and spread the culture
Membership: Invited based on standing in Spanish; March

National Beta Club
Student Leaders: Katie M. ('21) and Meredith S. ('21)
Faculty Sponsor: Mrs. Hollingsworth
Function: Promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among students
Membership: By application

Pi Kappa Delta - National Speech & Debate Honor Society
Student Leader:  
Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Jannereth
Function: To recognize excellence in public speaking, performance, and debate
Membership: Invited based on national guidelines

Thespian Honor Society
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. McEvoy
Function: Honors student achievement in theatre
Membership: Must be member of Thespian Troupe #7235 and meet national guidelines

General Clubs


AV League 
Student Leader: Nisanth A. ('20)
Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Spaulding
Function: Create broadcasts for the student body and develop technical skills.
Membership: Open to anyone.

CDS Ambassadors
Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. McCartney
Function: The mission of the CDS Ambassadors is to showcase student passion for CDS with others within and outside our community while exhibiting the IB learner profile traits.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Critter Club
Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Diamond
Function: Promoting understanding and appreciation for all animals, including reptiles through debates over animal rights, religion, do no harm, and other relevant issues.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Dance Committee
Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Horsington
Function: Help create, plan, and oversee school dances.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leader: Evan M. ('20)
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Hayes
Function: Learn basic mechanical, electrical & software engineering functions as students design, prototype and build a final competitive robot for league tournaments in the (FIRST Technology Challenge - FTC) program.
Membership: Open to students in grades 7 - 12

Future Business Leaders
Student Leader: Krish P. ('20)
Faculty Sponsors: Ms. Montague and Ms. O'Neill
Function: For students who are interested in learning more about the free enterprise system.
Membership: Open to anyone

History Club
Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. McCartney
Function: Create entries for the NHD County/State History Fair(s).
Membership: Open to anyone; August - November

HOSA - Future Health Professionals
Student Leaders: Aksheta K ('20) and Emily F. ('20)
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Vaswani-Sippy
Function: For students interested in or planning to pursue a career in the health professions.
Membership: Open to anyone

Human Rights Club
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Firestone
Function: Spread awareness on issues (e.g. human trafficking, LGBTQ).
Membership: Open to anyone.

Investment/Stock Market Club
Student Leader: Dhruv K. ('21)
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. McCartney
Function: The investment club meets 1-2 days a week investing in stock markets and creating an investment portfolio for long-term growth as part of Wharton’s KWHS competition and short term growth as part of the Florida Stock Market Game. The club develops and tests investment strategies through analysis of the markets.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Key Club
Student Leaders:
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Anthony-Birge
Function: Teach leadership through service to others.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Muslim Student Association
Student Leaders:
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Anthony-Birge
Function: Strives to facilitate networking, educating, and empowering the students of today to be citizens of tomorrow’s community
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leaders: Sarina P. ('20) and Jared J. ('20)
Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Marcus
Function: The newspaper club publishes a student-run school newspaper, reporting from the student perspective on school news, information and items of interest to the CDS community.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Singing Club
Student Leaders: Juliana P. ('21) and Ava G. ('21)
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Mayo and Mrs. Callahan
Function: This student led group performs for special CDS events.
Membership: Open to anyone.

La Conexión (Spanish Club)
Student Leader: Kareen D. ('21)
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Garcia
Function: Spread awareness about the Spanish culture and assist SHS.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Speech & Debate
Student Leader: Aksheta K. ('20)
Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Jannereth and Mrs. Alpert
Function: Competes locally and nationally in speech and debate events
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor: 
Mrs. Hollingsworth
Function: Students gain presentation and public speaking skills while sharing their passions with others.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Thespians, Troupe 7235
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsor: Mrs. McEvoy
Function: Learn and practice theater skills; engage in Thespian competition.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor: Mrs. McEvoy
Function: Plan and create the annual yearbook.
Membership: Open to anyone.

Breaking Ground Clubs


Student Leaders: Neha P. ('20) and Hailey K. ('20)
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Acevedo
Function: Learning about, caring for, and taking action on current world issues
Membership: Open to anyone.

Analytical Athletics
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsor: 
Mrs. Benedetti
Function: Connecting with others interested in sports, discuss stats, review highlights and discuss upcoming games/events
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leaders: Sydney D. ('21) and Mary B. ('21)
Faculty Sponsor: Coach Holyman
Function: Learn and teach archery skills
Membership: Open to anyone.

Arts & Crafts 
Student Leaders:
Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Firestone
Function: Create crafty works of art including jewelry and slime
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leaders: Reagan M. ('21) and Libby M. ('21)
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Hall
Function: Learn calligraphy, organization and a positive mindset
Membership: Open to anyone.

Creative Writing
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsor:
Ms. Melton
Function: Connecting through writing, revising, and sharing stories and poetry
Membership: Open to anyone.

Diversity Club
Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor:
Prof. Garcia
Function: Connecting cultures around the world, educating and raising awareness of different cultures
Membership: Open to anyone.

Grilling Club
Student Leader: 
Faculty Sponsor:
Mr. Spaulding
Function: Connect through learning food preparation skills, cooking, and clean-up
Membership: Open to anyone.

Jewish Forum
Student Leader: Julia Z. ('21)
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Zager
Function: Celebrate and learn about the values and teachings of Judaism
Membership: Open to anyone.

Math Club
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsor:
Ms. Warner
Function: Practice problem solving techniques from AMC math competition and beyond
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leader: Rohan K. ('22)
Faculty Sponsors: Ms. Glover and Ms. Montague
Function: Learn the benefits of and practice meditation
Membership: Open to anyone.

Ping Pong
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsors:
Coach DeBoskey and Dr. Whitaker
Function: Learn and practice the art and skills of table tennis
Membership: Open to anyone.

Red Reign 
Student Leaders: Madison D. ('19), Elizabeth N. ('19), Ati S. ('19), and Will L. ('19)
Faculty Sponsors: Mrs. Sardone
Function: Bringing spirit into all aspects of the CDS community including athletics, the arts, and academic events
Membership: Open to anyone.

Student Leaders:
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. McEvoy
Function: Rehearse for productions and competitions
Membership: Members of Thespian Troupe 7235