Upper School

The PHS upper school offers an array of clubs and organizations for students to pursue their passion or step out of their comfort zone to try something new. Clubs and organizations are run by student leaders with faculty sponsorship to encourage the development of leadership skills and teamwork. Affinity groups such as the Black Student Union, Gender-Sexuality Alliance and the Jewish Student Union offer students a chance to explore their developing identities. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more organizations in addition to regular classes.

There are many opportunities for students to assume leadership in helping to determine the tone and direction of the school. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills by running for elected school positions. To ensure that the greatest numbers of students are given leadership opportunities, no one may hold more than one of the following offices: president or vice-president of any school organization, class or chief editor of a publication.

All school organizations are chartered by student government. Clubs may be placed on probation, suspended or de-chartered if they are inactive, or fail to fulfill or abide by their charters or constitutions.

If students are interested in establishing a new club, they should contact the dean of students.

Upper School Co-Curricular Activities


  • L'Alliance Francaise
  • Chess Club
  • Common Ground
  • Cricket Club
  • Criminology Club
  • Community Service Board
  • East Asia Club
  • Garden Club
  • International Club (formerly AFS)
  • International Thespian Society
  • Latin Club
  • Medical Club
  • Peer Helpers
  • Pep Club
  • Photo/Film Club
  • Politics Club
  • South Asia Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech & Debate
  • Student Government
  • Traders Club
  • Youth & Government

Affinity Groups

  • Black Student Union
  • Gender-Sexualities Alliance 
  • Jewish Student Union
  • Multicultural Student Union
  • Women’s Student Union

Leadership Groups Selected

  • Campus Guides
  • Community Captains
  • Honor Council
  • Leadership Advisory Board (LAB)
  • Link Crew (Freshman Orientation)
  • Student Government

Community Support

  • Peer Helpers
  • Social Justice Group
  • Student Health & Wellness Committee
  • Tech Team


  • The Garret (Arts)
  • The Pinnacle (Yearbook)
  • The Voice (MS/US Magazine)

Performance Groups

  • Pep Band
  • Madrigals (Choir)
  • Top of the Hill (Choir)

Academic Teams/Competitions

  • Envirothon
  • Math Team
  • Model UN
  • Robotics
  • Science Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Speech and Debate
  • World Affairs Challenge
  • Youth and Government

Club descriptions can be found in the upper school handbook under Athletic/Non-Academic Programs