The Haverford School offers a rich selection of student-centered extra-curricular programs that encourage students to take active leadership roles in organizing community programming and administering a variety of clubs and organizations. Haverford empowers students to take ownership of their community by using their interests, talents and skills to shape and implement extra-curricular offerings.
Haverford has numerous opportunities that allow students to
develop leadership capacity.The
Honor Council affords students the opportunity to take ownership of the
School’s disciplinary process and develop education initiatives that inform the
community about pertinent honor related issues. The Character Mentorship Program is a group devoted to
building relationships with younger students and facilitating the personal
reflection of students who break the Honor Code.
A group of sixth form leaders, The Signet Society, organizes
school-wide community gatherings, spirit days and orientation programming for
third form students. Student
Council is an active group that plans social events and addresses important
student life issues.A group of
fifth and sixth formers are leaders of Peer Counseling, a group devoted to
discussing social-emotional issues and developing basic counseling techniques
that provide resources for students in navigating peer relationships.
In order to cultivate a strong sense of connection among
students there is time built into each day to gather and build community
spirit. Depending on the day of
the week these gatherings may include the entire upper school or may be smaller
meetings of forms, advisories or clubs. The division-wide gatherings typically consist of a student or faculty
reflection, outside speaker, community service presentation or school spirit
meetings are a time for students to build relationships with members of their
grade by discussing pertinent community issues and participating in other
activities that build a sense of inclusion and attachment. Lead by a faculty member, the advisory
period is a more intimate time for students to meet in mixed grade groups of
7-10 students. In addition to
advisory being an informal period of time to gather for fun and fellowship, the
faculty advisor also provides academic and non-academic guidance designed to
support a student’s overall experience a Haverford.