Clubs in the Senior School at Sewickley Academy are student-generated with a faculty advisor. The interests of the student body drive the range of clubs each year and include activist, cultural, awareness, special interest, and leadership clubs. Some examples are the Indian-Awareness Club, Students for Global Progress, Robotics, and Student Council. Clubs sponsor special events for fundraising such as bake sales, game nights, and dances. Clubs can meet before school, after school, during a rotation period, or an activity slot. All clubs must write a goal statement for each year and are reviewed annually for productivity.
The Guild's mission is to encourage our students in the pursuit of knowledge and original thought. Students in Grades 10, 11, and 12 are eligible to submit research papers to the Guild. The thesis of the paper should be original in the sense that it brings a fresh and new perspective to the subject matter. The theme should build upon existing research in the field, but it should offer a conclusion not already evident and obvious in that scholarship.
Students are required to work under a specific faculty mentor throughout the research paper process. Guidelines for writing a Guild Paper are distributed to students when interest and intent are determined. Final approval of all research papers rests with the Guild.
Successful students are inducted into the Guild in a formal ceremony and celebration, attended by other Guild members, their faculty mentors, family, and friends. Guild papers are bound and retained in a special archive room in the Hansen Library.
Paideia is a unique educational program that allows students and faculty to discuss in a roundtable setting some topic of global interest. The entire Senior School first views a movie or reads a book that provides the setting for the discussions that will follow. Although students chair the discussion groups, all members of the community - including administration - are encouraged to participate. A full morning in the fall is devoted to this program.
Student Ambassador Program
Current Sewickley Academy students are the most important people that prospective families meet when they visit campus for the first time. Our students are wonderful ambassadors of the Academy as they embody our core values of Character, Educational Vigor, Diversity, and Community in their daily lives.
Each year, the Office of Admission selects nearly 100 Senior School students as well as a number of Grade 5 students to serve as Student Ambassadors. Students are nominated by their teachers, Division Heads, or the Admission Office. Students are chosen because their commitment to the Academy is demonstrated in the following ways: genuine enthusiasm for the school, academic and extracurricular accomplishments, personal traits including confidence and an outgoing personality, and an extensive knowledge of the Academy and/or a willingness to learn.
Our Ambassadors are responsible for prospective family tours during the school day as well as during All School and Lower School Open Houses. Occasionally, Ambassadors accompany the Director of Admission to community outreach events where they speak about their experiences at Sewickley Academy.
The Senior School Student Council is an elected body of students chosen by their peers. The Student Council is meant to encourage a spirit of cooperation among students, faculty, and administrators, to offer a forum for students' opinions, and to foster student involvement in school activities. It is a place where students work with their peers and their faculty sponsors to enhance of quality of life in the Senior School.
The Student Council works on food drives as well as fundraising. It also sponsors activities such as Veterans' Day, the opening day picnic, and Bizarre and Extreme Day at Halloween. Student Council meetings are held on Thursday mornings and meeting minutes on posted on the Student Council bulletin board in the Commons. All meetings are open to the student body and the faculty unless otherwise prohibited by the President of the Student Council under special circumstances.