Special Programs

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  • FIRST Robotics

    Buckley’s FIRST Robotics team has a guiding philosophy: “WE, not me.” FIRST Robotics is not only about being able to assemble and program a robot; it taps into students’ creativity, leadership, problem-solving skills, interest in engineering, and thirst for competition. Individual members share their talents and strengths to benefit the team whether you want to build and program a robot, manage the team’s schedule, or help create the team’s image.
     
    Robotics is open to students in grades 9 through 12; enrollment is limited. The cost of joining the team is $395.
     
    For more information about FIRST Robotics, please visit www.usfirst.org.
  • The Junior Voice

    This year's issue of The Junior Voice is presented in a magazine-like layout. Students in seventh and eighth grade who take journalism as an elective create the content for this publication, writing features, profiles, and news stories.

    Click here to read The Junior Voice. 


  • International Thespian Society (ITS)

    ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Induction is by invitation. Please see Mr. Rollman for more information.
  • Literary Magazine

    Click below to browse through Buckley's literary magazines.

    Oxford Comma, 2018
    Oxford Comma, 2017
    Abstractions, 2016
  • Journalism

    Student journalists from sixth through twelfth grades find their creative voices through the school’s multi-faceted print and digital journalism program that includes The Junior Voice, The Student Voice, The Voice Online, Buckley Radio, and Images yearbook.  Learning the fundamentals of traditional newspaper and yearbook and exploring web possibilities, students become adept at writing everything from in-depth human interest stories to  “listacles"; they produce video, photo, and graphic coverage, broadcast podcasts, write interactive polls, post Instagram images--and tweet, reaching their audience through all current media available. Buckley journalists also learn design as well as industry-standard software skills, attend national conventions, create award-winning publications, and move quickly into leadership positions on the staffs of their university’s media outlets.  
  • Junior Statesman of America (JSA)

    JSA is an organization that increases political awareness and holds practice debates and public speaking sessions. JSA is a national organization for students who are interested in current events and how current events affect our lives. Each year members can attend the Spring State Convention.
  • Lower School Student Council

    The Lower School Student Council consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, historian, community relations officer, and classroom representatives for second through fifth grade. Each year, elections are held in October and February so that more students can participate. Members meet on a weekly basis during their lunch period to discuss ideas for fundraising or to focus on community service projects that are age-appropriate. The council leads the weekly assemblies in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and makes announcements to the student body about upcoming events.
  • Middle and Upper School Student Council

    In Middle School, the responsibilities of leadership are increased as students help plan events, assist with admission events, and preside at assemblies and other student functions. The focus is on leadership training with a heavy emphasis on problem-solving at the weekly lunchtime meetings. Annual elections are held in the spring for president, vice president, and four representatives from each class in grades six through eight.

    The Upper School Student Council elects officers and grade-level reps each year and plans and oversees school and grade-level events, including assemblies, Spirit Week, and the Buckley Student Leadership Conference. Officers and representatives also work to build school spirit and involvement. Upper School representatives and the executive board are encouraged to take a class entitled “Leadership in the 21st Century,” a full-credit class focusing on all aspects of the history of leadership and techniques of good leadership.
  • Middle School Robotics

    Middle School Robotics is part of the VEX robotics program, one of the largest and fastest-growing middle school robotics programs in the world, with more than six thousand teams from 25-plus countries playing in hundreds of tournaments worldwide. Robotics is offered as part of the Middle School arts rotation, where class members will design and build robots to complete a prescribed task. 

    If you have questions, please contact Middle School Principal Neal Roden at nroden@buckley.org.
  • Mock Trial

    Train to enter national mock trial 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.
  • Model United Nations

    Prepare for the New York National High School Model United Nations Conference where members represent a country in a mock United Nations format.
  • National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society (NHS)

    NHS recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Buckley members assist with new student orientation and open house events, host an annual new teacher luncheon, and volunteer in the Los Angeles area.
  • Outdoor Education

    Outdoor education is an important part of Buckley student life. Each off-campus experience is designed to align with topics students encounter in their academic programs. During these trips, students learn about the environment and how human beings benefit from and affect it. They also build leadership and teamwork skills, learn to value their community, and form and deepen their friendships.
     
    Each trip includes a variety of activities and educational experiences. Experienced counselors and teachers facilitate learning about the natural world and encourage critical thought and informed action towards responsible and sustainable living. As with all good teaching, our outdoor education trips are designed to inspire curiosity about and appreciation for each unique environment.

Clubs

A Promising Hand
African American Male Mentorship Program
Buckley Improv Club
Black Student Union
Business Club
Car Club
Charity Water
Chemistry Club
Chess Club
Children’s Hospital
Chinese Club
College Football Club
Community Service Club
Creative Writing Club
Cruelty Free
D&D Club
Diversity Club
FITE Club
Flight Club 
Foster Care Awareness
French Club
Girl Up
Girls Who Code
Gender and Sexualities Alliance
Interact Club
Jazz Club
Jewish Student Union
Judaic Studies Club
Latin Club
Latinos Unidos
Mental Health Club
Mental Strength Club
Oxford Comma
Persian Club
Philosophy Club
Politics Club
Programming Club
Psychology Club
Robotics Club
Rock Climbing Club
Soup Club
Spanish Club
Table Tennis Club
The Wish Club
Theatre Social Change
Unicef Club
Varsity Club
Wellness Club