Participate Outside the Classroom, Too
Experience Growth Beyond the Classroom
With more than 40 different student-led clubs and activities, which will you choose? Or will you make a mark by starting a new club to add to the list?
At John Carroll, students have every opportunity to become confident, well-rounded leaders. Whether it’s developing a talent or being of service to others, students can experience growth beyond the classroom as they participate in an array of activities and clubs.
Each year clubs and activities reflect the diverse interests of our student body and allow students to grow together and develop meaningful life-long friendships. Students are welcome to propose new ideas for clubs and activities throughout the academic year. The following is a listing of recent extracurricular activities and clubs:
- Academic Team
Challenge yourself with trivia-based competition, compete against other schools and visit quiz bowl camp.
- Aerospace Club
Learn how to fly drones, advanced model rocketry and organize and compete in competitions.
- Black Student Union
A safe space for all students to have an open and honest dialogue about race in today's society; more specifically about the Black experience and different aspects of the racial inequalities that Black people face.
Moderator: Ms. Tara Milburn
Meetings: Once per cycle at 3:00 p.m. in Room 124
- Boom Whackers Music
A fun and informal way to learn music at a very basic level, for all levels and those who enjoy making noise.
- Business Club
Learn about various business models and concepts and enter to compete in entrepreneurial competitions.
- Chemathon Team
Learn new chemistry skills, knowledge and lab techniques to compete in local and state competitions. There are two levels, one for first-year Chemistry students and one for AP Chemistry students.
Meetings: 1 day a week; either Monday or Wednesday at 3:00 in Room 212
- Clay Club
Learn more about ceramics/pottery, make new friends and develop your skills as an artist. All levels are welcome.
- Cooking Club
Learn how to prepare your favorite dishes and new ones, plus learn about nutrition and food from other cultures.
- Culture Club
Learn about other cultures from all over the world, and share your own with different activities and games.
- Dinosaurs Club
Come learn more about amazing creatures of the past and help plan a field trip or two to an actual dig site.
- Dungeons and Dragons
Develop creativity and storytelling skills while having fun and playing Dungeons and Dragons together.
- Envirothon Team
The Envirothon Team hopes to help students become better informed citizens who are knowledgeable about all aspects of the environment and able to make good decisions about the sustainability of our planet. The team competes at the local level against other Harford County high schools, taking hands-on test in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a fifth topic that changes each year. Students also make a presentation on this fifth topic. The first-place winner in the Harford County competition goes on to compete in the Maryland Envirothon competition and can advance to the National competition.
Meetings: 1 day a week; typically Tuesday at 3:00 in Room 218
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Enjoy some breakfast, grow in your faith and learn how to apply it to sports. Fun and fellowship for all!
- Film Club
Once a month, join us to watch and discuss a movie, and enjoy and appreciate the art of film together.
- Fishing Club
Join us as we hit the outdoors and look to catch some fish!
- Friends R Family
Spread positivity and understanding throughout the JC community while lessening the stigma associated with mental illness.
Moderator: Mrs. Molly Roseland
Meetings: Monthly; TBA in Student Services Hallway
- Future Scientists and Engineers
Participate in Science Quiz Bowl and the Maryland Science Olympiad, and explore careers in science and engineering.
- Games Club
Enjoy fellowship and fun and practice sportsmanship playing both digital video games and traditional board games.
- Girls Who Code
A safe and supportive environment for girls to learn how to computer code, connect and explore careers.
- International Thespian Society
Help honor student achievement in the theatre arts by working together to organize and plan programs and events. Follow @jctheatredepartment on Instagram for the latest news!
Moderator: Mrs. Julie Parrish
Meetings: Monthly for members (officers meet once per cycle); TBA in Chorus Room or Auditorium
- Lighting & Tech Crew
Learn tech skills and help behind the scenes at our award-winning productions.
- Liturgical/Eucharistic Ministers
Help plan and implement school masses and retreats.
- Love One Another Club
A safe and supportive group discussing the worth of all people and how to be inclusive and non-judgmental.
- Math League
Compete against other students at JC and around the county and state by taking math tests while earning extra credit!
- Mock Trial
Now in its eighth year at John Carroll, Mock Trial Club gives students "real life" experiences of what it is like to be a lawyer or witness in a real courtroom while competing against other schools. Participants gain an appreciation of the law in practice and hone critical thinking, logical reasoning and persuasive speaking skills.
Moderator: Mr. Sean Connolly (Coach) and Mrs. Tina Piquett (Assistant Coach)
Meetings and Trials: 1 -2 days a week from September through March; Monday and/or Wednesday at 3:00 in Room 108. The number of trials varies each year, but is never more than once a week from January to March.
- Model United Nations
Train to be a delegate, work on research and public speaking, and compete in a national UN Conference.
- Mountain Biking Club
Join fellow riders on weekend trail rides at local parks and have new making new friends while enjoying biking.
- Music Ministry
Lead worship through vocal and instrumental music at school-wide Mass.
Moderator: Mrs. Julie Parrish
Meetings: 5-6 meetings per school year; prior to any school-wide Mass in the Gym.
- One Love
Learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships, identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.
- Pacificus (Yearbook)
Help design, create and record history of our year at John Carroll.
- Patriettes Singers
An opportunity to showcase our female vocalists in an a capella setting. By audition only.
- Patriot Hospitality Group
Be a welcoming face to prospective students and families as you share the JC mission and your own Patriot story with them.
- The Patriot Newspaper
Share news, entertainment, sports and perspectives with the John Carroll community. Visit The Patriot website.
- Pep Band
Join us in supporting the JC basketball team at home games.
- Pinnacle Magazine
Submit poetry, prose, art and photography to be shared with the school community.
- Pit Orchestra
All musicians are welcome to try out and add music and life to our theatre department productions.
- Robotics Team
Advance your knowledge and compete in VEX Robotics competitions locally and at the state level.
- Romero Service Club
Promote service opportunities in school and enjoy opportunities for students to serve together.
- Ski Club
Join friends and hit the slopes! All skiers and snowboarders are welcome, regardless of experience.
- Speech & Debate
Learn the art of public speaking and develop confidence by competing in local and national competitions.
Moderators: Mr. Joe Scheide, Mr. Tom Durkin, Mrs. Schultz
Meetings and Tournaments: 2 days a week, days TBD; 6 Saturday tournaments (not all required) and optional travel tournaments
- Sports Analytics Club
If you're into sports, stats and some possible coding, this club is for you!
- Student Government Association
Be an elected officer, student representative or volunteer at one of our many student-led events.
- Theatre Productions
Perform on stage to develop singing, dancing and acting skills while having lots of fun.
- Ultimate Frisbee
A fun sports alternative without the commitment of a varsity sport. Get some exercise while having fun!
- Yoga Club
Practice movement and breath work to improve strength, flexibility, resilience, acceptance, and relaxation methods.
Meetings: 1-2 days per week at 3:00 p.m. in Room 309
- Honor Societies
John Carroll offers a number of honor societies including:
- National Honor Society
- Archbishop John Carroll Service Honor Society
- French Honor Society
- German Honor Society
- Spanish Honor Society
- Quill & Scroll (Literary Society)
- National Art Honor Society
- Music Honor Society (Tri-M)
- National Honor Society for Dance Arts