Clubs & Organizations
In a typical year, 30 to 40 clubs thrive on Buckley’s Upper School campus. Each year the line-up varies slightly due to current student interest, and any student may propose a new club.
Recent clubs have included:
- Robotics Team Wins GM Industrial Design Award, Attracts Attention Hide
At the first of its two FIRST Robotics competitions of the year, Buckley’s robotics team was in first place most of the weekend, finished second in the qualifying round, and earned a top seed in the elimination round where they made it through the semi-final round. The icing on the cake for this strong showing was a special judges award, the GM Industrial Design Award, which “celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.”
But the team’s recognition didn’t end there. On Tuesday the team received word that representatives from engineering leader Raytheon were impressed with our team and its robot at the competition. Raytheon offered to increase its corporate sponsorship of the team, will highlight the Buckley Griffitrons in a story on their website, and invited the team captains and the robot to a special event at the company.
Competition video: click here to view amazing video from last weekend's Buckley Robotics quarter-final victory. The students managed to balance three robots simultaneously on what is in essence a teeter-totter. We've heard that in competitions happening around the nation right now, only a handful of teams have accomplished this (even once!) The video is 10 minutes long-- big moments at around 2 min., 6 min. and 9 mins. Buckley's robot is number 1661.
“Team 1661 was a force to be reckoned with at the San Diego Regional,” said Kathy Griffis, Ph.D., Buckley science department chair and advisor to the robotics team. “Other teams and the judges really took notice of our engineering process and design and our game strategy. The Buckley Community should be proud of the way our students communicated with the judges and officials, played the game, and helped rookie teams.”
Nineteenth place was Buckley’s previous best finish.
The team currently is strategizing for its next competition, which takes place April 5-7 in Las Vegas. Go Griffitrons. (Click here to visit the team’s webpage.)
- Amnesty International Hide
Amnesty International is a world-wide organization whose members stand up for human rights issues. Buckley's chapter coordinates with other school's chapters to attend rallys in the area for various organizations, and does fundraising for these organizations as well.
- Backpacking Club Hide
This club plans trips to various camp sites around the Los Angeles area throughout the year.
- Business Club Hide
The Business Club has a company on campus called "Bizco Catering" that provides snacks for advisories throughout the year.
- Cancer Awareness Club Hide
Cancer Awareness Club was started in 2004 by students who were affected by cancer in their lives. This group does fundraising to support kids affected by cancer, and also volunteers many hours in the Los Angeles area. Please see www.cancerawarenessclub.com for more information.
- Cell phones for Soldiers Hide
This Buckley student club organizes the collection of old cell phones that are no longer wanted and sends them to the national headquarters for cell phones for soldiers who distribute them to military troops oversees to use to keep in contact with friends and family back home.
- Chemistry Club Hide
This club's purpose is to do fun experiments with chemicals while learning about chemical reactions. They also help students in chemistry with their homework and help them prepare for exams.
- Chess Club Hide
Chess Club meets once a week during lunch where students play chess in a tournament style.
- Clay Club Hide
The Clay Club's goal is to create an atmosphere where discussion and artistic critique is welcomed. The club meets monthly to help develop ideas amongst the three levels of Ceramics students, but is open to all upper school students.
- Creative Writing Club Hide
The goal of the Creative Writing Club is to grant a place for all creative minds to share all their creative works (poetry, short stories, novels, etc.) and for creative minds to get feedback and notes on what they have already written.
- Culinary Club Hide
Culinary Club meets every other week and makes food in our Buckley kitchen for all of its members.
- Diversity Club Hide
The purpose of the Diversity Club is to promote peace and unity among all races, sexual orientations, and religions in our school's community, and to undo prejudices and sterotypes. It is a club to celebrate all people. Meetings consist of everyday racial/religious/sexual orientation issues that may affect students of today. There are speakers who come in occasionally to better illustrate or assist in discussions.
- Engineering Club Hide
The Engineering Club focuses most of its work on the FIRST Robotics competition. They work all year on building a Robot that is then entered in this national competition.
- Film Club Hide
The purpose of this club is to make a short film that combines the creative talents of Buckley students. The club members are divided up into actors, writers, crew, directors, producers and post-production. They hope to present their final product at the end of the year to the school.
- French Club Hide
The French Club celebrates the culture, food and history of France. Its members also help in Language Labs and sell croissants and nutella to support Doctors Without Borders.
- Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Hide
The Gay-Straight Alliance is a student-run organization bent on raising awareness about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community while maintaining a safe environment in which students can express personal sexual issues that pertain to homosexuality. This group also discusses relevant political and social issues that concern the gay community such as gay marriage, gays in the military, and HIV/AIDS.
- Habitat for Humanity Hide
Buckley's chapter of Habitat for Humanity sends students to work on Habitat's projects in the Los Angeles and surrounding area. For more information, see www.habitat.org.
- Health and Fitness Awareness Club Hide
This club's goal is to raise awareness in schools about fitness and health concerning our country's growing obesity problem. They also address eating disorders, as well as solutions for living a healthy lifestyle.
- Improv Club Hide
Improv Club is an interactive club designed to help students break out of their shell and also have a little fun during lunch. Students interested in improv, theater, or just being the center of attention love this club, and not only do they have fun, but they make new friends and have new and different experiences every meeting! They play improv games while eating lunch, and the club advisor helps the students learn how to make an improv scene better.
- International Thespian Society (ITS) Hide
ITS is an organization for students interested in all aspects of theater. This is a national organization that has many requirements, and membership is based on invitation only.
- Invisible Children Hide
Invisible Children is an organization that helps children in Uganda who are suffering. Their goal as a club is to raise money to help support this organization and to raise awareness of this problem at Buckley.
- Japan Club Hide
The main purpose of the Japan Club is to have fun while exploring Japanese Culture. They have language days and cooking days and guest speakers as well.
- Junior Classical League (JCL) Hide
Formed in 1936, the National Junior Classical League is an organization of junior and senior high school students sponsored by the American Classical League. Composed of local and stuate chapters across the US, Canada and Australia, it is the largest Classical organization in the world with over 50,000 members. Buckley's JCL chapter participates in competitions in the Los Angeles area and study's Latin culture.
- Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) Hide
JSA is a student-run organization that increases student political awareness and offers practice at debate and public speaking. It has chapters all over the state of California and the nation, as well as offices such as governor, lieutenant governor and mayor -- all held by students. JSA is a club for students who are interested in current events and want to be a part of events that affect their lives. Members of JSA attend mini-conferences, conventions, debates, and lectures. These members improve their public speaking skills and writing skills. Members of Buckley’s chapter of JSA will attend a convention called Spring State, in late April. At Spring State, Buckley students get a chance to listen to debates and lectures, learn about current events, and eventually vote for governor. JSA is both an exciting and educational club, and many say that its members represent the leaders of the future.
- Junior Varsity Club Hide
Junior Varsity Club is a booster club for Junior Varsity sports. They hold fundraisers to support the JV teams.
- KBGR Hide
Buckley Griffin Radio plays online with various music and sports shows - all produced by students.
- KIDz Aid Hide
KIDz Aid works with various non profit organizations in the Los Angeles area that focus on children. Students get community service hours by working at the organizations, including the Blind Children's Center, Madison's Foundation, and the Cancer Awareness Club.
- Kite Club Hide
The United Society for the Advancement and Promotion of Wind Propelled Recreation and the Enjoyment and Appreciation of the Greater Los Angeles County Outdoors flies kites in their free time.
- Literary Magazine Hide
The Literary Magazine is a Buckley publication that is committed to displaying Buckley students' excellence in literature and the visual arts. The stuaff helps to compile and design the book, as well as helps create a theme and other creative elements.
- Martial Arts Movie Club Hide
This club watches martial arts movies and movies that focus on fight science. They meet weekly and it is open to all upper school students.
- Math Club Hide
The Middle and Upper School Math Clubs are directed by the Math department. Students enrolled in an honors Math class are automatically in the math club, and other students may join if they desire. Students participate in national math competitions, and by participating in the club one lunch per week students may earn math credit and have extra credit points added to their semester grades in math. Top scoring students may also be exempt from their Math final exams.
- Mock Trial Club Hide
Mock Trial is a national competition where groups of students from different schools face off against each other in a courtroom setting, conducting a full trial with one side presenting the prosecuting lawyers and their witnesses, the other the defending lawyers and their witnesses. They are judged not only on how good they present the cases provided, but also on how well they pull off an act as those lawyers and witnesses. This being the first year of the club, we are training our students in how these competitions work, and hope to start entering competitions as the club grows.
- Model United Nations Hide
Buckley's chapter of the Model United Nations works all year to prepare for the New York National High School Model United Nations Conference where the group will represent a country in a mock United Nations format.
- Musical Theatre Club Hide
The purpose of the Musical Theater club is to bring people together who enjoy musical theater and performing music from Broadway shows. Club activities include watching musicals, performing songs, and discussing musical theater. They are also working towards having a "Cabaret-style" event where students can perform at Buckley.
- National Honor Society Hide
NHS upholds its philosophy by serving our school and our surrounding community. As always, members have helped at the New Student Orientation, Admissions Middle and Upper School Open Houses, and have hosted the annual New Teacher Luncheon. Members have also served meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving, worked with Heal the Bay, and participated in L.A. Works community service projects. Donations from weekly breakfast sales are given by both honor societies to various charities throughout the year.
- National Junior Honor Society Hide
NJHS offers its members an opportunity to begin a lifetime of service consonant with their superior abilities in order to stimulate respect for scholarship and to inspire young people toward higher standards of achievement. Students are elected to membership on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Members help at the New Student Orientation and the Admissions Middle and Upper School Open Houses, and do various other community service oriented activities.
- Peer Education Program of Buckley Hide
Another satellite of the international PEP organization, the Peer Education Program of Buckley is an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program focused on teens talking to other teens about safe-sex, effective communication, and how the HIV/AIDS epidemic affects them. The organization's focus is to do outreach work and to spread the word about the importance of teens being educated about HIV and AIDS.
- Pen Pals Hide
This club gives students the chance to get to know someone from another country and lets the other person learn about America and our Buckley community. Members of the club write letters to their pen pals about once a month using www.epals.com.
- Persian Club Hide
Persian Club provides a relaxed and casual environment to learn about Persian culture, personalities, beliefs, food, etc.
- Ping Pong Club Hide
The Ping Pong club's mission is to introduce and expose Buckley students to the wonders, fun, and excitement of table tennis. During lunch, students participate in tournaments and games and the club is also working with Buckley's ASB to have a Ping Pong Tournament as well.
- Pre-Law Club Hide
Pre-Law club is designed to get high school students involved in the field of law and political science. The club meetings consist of mock trials and guest speakers.
- Pre-Med Club Hide
Pre-Med's purpose is to provide a better understanding of the medical profession to its members, as well as to provide guidance to students hoping to pursue a career in medicine. They also try to help the medical community by volunteering services to local hospitals or other organizations. Pre-Med Club strives to create a healthier environment for our school and community.
- Project Reel Life Hide
Project Reel Life is an attempt to reach young people through the technology of film. As a member of the club ,students will be part of a crew that will ultimately shoot a short documentary regarding an issue that faces either the world or Los Angeles, with hopes of joining up with non-profit organizations to reach and better educate the current generation of the facts about issues that are current in today's society. Most of the shoots are done outside of school in small groups, with editing done at home and school. This club is open only to current Video Production students, as we use the school's equipment.
- Rocketry Club Hide
The Rocketry Club's purpose is to teach rocketry skills. This leads up to competing in TARC (the Team America Rocketry Competition). If the team qualifies within the top 100 teams, the club will go to Washington, DC in May for the finals.
- Runners' Club Hide
The Runners' Club seeks to provide fitness opportunities for those middle and upper school students interested in staying in shape for any sport Buckley offers. The Runners' Club meets in the Cross Country off season, and runs a very successful Jamba Juice sale during lunch.
- Soccer Club Hide
The Soccer club is made up of Varsity and Junior Varsity Soccer players who want to play in the off season.
- Social Action Team Hide
The Social Action Team works to support non profit organizations by running food and clothing drives, book drives and school supply drives during the year. They also bring in speakers to Buckley assemblies about community service.
- Song Writer's Club Hide
This club has two parts to it - songwriting and song analysis. The club advisor shows students different types of songs and gives tips on how to write them. He also gives feedback on songs written by students. For song analysis, every week the club President brings a song to discuss and analyze.
- Spanish Club Hide
The Spanish Club's purpose is to further explore the Spanish culture through movies, food, music and culture and to give back to the Spanish community in Los Angeles.
- Tennis Club Hide
Tennis Club meets in the Varsity Tennis off-season where students can continue their tennis skills throughout the year.