Clubs and Organizations

Worcester Prep encourages students to participate in clubs and extracurricular activities, activities that often extend and apply the ideas that they learn in academic classes. The benefits of such involvement are substantial. The students learn interpersonal skills that help develop leadership, confidence, determination and responsibility.

The clubs and extracurricular activities offered vary each year depending on the interest of the students.  Students may start a new club at the beginning of the school year by approaching Division Heads and finding a faculty sponsor. Click on any club below for a description.

Chess Club –Students in Grades 2-12

The club welcomes beginners and more experienced chess players to the group. Each meeting will begin with information and an instructional time followed by chess playing time for all members. Parents are invited to attend the Chess Club meetings and help students with their chess games. Each year the Chess Club has a tournament at their last meeting and prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The students participate in local and state competitions.

Math Club:  Crazy 8’s – Students in Grades 1 & 2

Crazy 8’s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! With Crazy 8’s kids will build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play games like Bounce Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics. .

Book Club

During the spring, grades 6-8 may participate in a 3-month book club. Students read one Black Eyed Susan award winning book each month. Then during lunch, once a month, they meet and discuss.

Chess Club –Students in Grades 2-12

The club welcomes beginners and more experienced chess players to the group. Each meeting will begin with information and an instructional time followed by chess playing time for all members. Parents are invited to attend the Chess Club meetings and help students with their chess games. Each year the Chess Club has a tournament at their last meeting and prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The students participate in local and state competitions.

Math Club

Students learn how to solve the Rubik's Cube, compete in the 24 Challenge or work together to solve various math puzzles. The goal is to increase interest in mathematics, to strengthen analytical thinking, and to have fun!

MathCounts

MathCounts is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person math contests against and alongside their peers. It is open to sixth-, seventh, and eighth-grade students. There are four levels of competition – school, chapter, state, and national.

Students at each participating school work in the fall completing many different MathCounts problems. The problems are designed to increase in difficulty as the year progresses and cover a wide variety of problems, many that are not covered in regular math classes until the students reach Geometry, Algebra II, or even Pre-Calculus.

In January, each school selects four students to be on the team and may send as many as 10 students to compete individually. The Chapter competition takes place in February. WPS is in the Annapolis chapter and is usually the only school on the Eastern Shore to participate in the competition. The top students from each chapter competition advance to their state competition, which takes place in March.

Vex Robotics

Partnered with The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Vex IQ Robotics is an ideal platform for exploring important STEM fundamentals and computer science concepts. Students from grades 6-8 engage in learning and applying fundamental physics and engineering concepts to build autonomous robots with a brain and then program them in ROBOTC Graphical language. They begin programming with simulated Virtual World Robots then move on to their real Vex IQ robots.  The students make up a team that can participate in robotics competitions both locally and regionally. 

Chess Club

The club welcomes beginners and more experienced chess players to the group. Each meeting will begin with information and an instructional time followed by chess playing time for all members. Parents are invited to attend the Chess Club meetings and help students with their chess games. Each year the Chess Club has a tournament at their last meeting and prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The students participate in local and state competitions.

Creative Writing Club

The purpose of the Creative Writing Club is to create a community where people feel free to express themselves through written word. Young authors come together to share, critique, and improve their work. They explore all forms of written expression, including poetry, short stories, script writing, and much more.

Environmental Club

The mission of the Environmental Club is to help our school be “greener” by implementing environmental programs for the school. Last year the club built two greenhouses for the entire school’s use and will be working with getting materials needed for the greenhouse and programs for teachers who want to use the greenhouses in their curriculum.

Film Club

The Film Club meets during an elective period but also convenes after school and on weekends to plan, film and edit films, talk about ideas and enter competitions.

Math Club

Students can learn how to solve the Rubik's Cube, compete in the 24 Challenge or work together to solve various math puzzles. The goal is to increase interest in mathematics, to strengthen analytical thinking, and to have fun!

Math League

Math League is a national competition designed to test the mathematical abilities of students at various ages. At the high school level students are given puzzle problems to solve individually. The advisor prepares, corrects and posts to the Maryland Math League web site. There is a series of six 30-minute tests, one per month. The Advanced Algebra II, Honors Pre-Calculus, as well as AP Calculus I and II classes participate. The top five scores are sent in as the schools score. At the academic awards program, the five students with the largest accumulated scores are recognized. WPS has won in their region in the state for the past 10 consecutive years.

Mock Trial

Mock Trial is a competition open to all Maryland high schools where students are given a fictitious, but realistic case (either criminal or civil) which students are to prepare for trial. – Mock Trial is sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association and the CLREP (Citizen Law Related Education Program). Teams consist of 14 members: 6 attorneys, 6 witnesses, and 2 bailiffs. Practice begins in early November and competitions run from January through mid-March with regional and state championships running through mid-April. Team membership is by audition as the team size of 14 is sanctioned by the CLREP. The Mock Trial participate in five or more competition evenings each season. For more information about the statewide program, visit www.CLREP.org

National Honor Society Academic Outreach

The National Honor Society has a weekly academic outreach session on Thursdays for middle school and upper school students. Students from NHS work with students who need help in all subjects. 

Newspaper (The Beaks Speaks)

The staff of approximately 30 students is responsible for producing four, 12-page issues of the student newspaper (The Beak Speaks) each school year. Student reporters attend class weekly and are required to write at least one article. All students help with the layout, design, and photography. The newspaper highlights many of the student activities and clubs, classes, performances and athletics at Worcester Prep. In addition, students contribute their time beyond class to photograph musical performances, homecoming events, and sports games.

Radio Broadcasts

WPS has several radio stations completely run by students who manage programming, advertising, D-Jing, and two websites. Students meet and do shows before and after school. The stations are broadcast worldwide and can be listened to on the websites, iTunes (Adult Contemporary-Audiograted) or the TuneIn App on shoes and tablets.

Robotics Team (Botball Team)

As a team, students in the Robotics club train their problem-solving skills while preparing for competitions or sharpen their robot building skills. A general robotics team consists of supporting, designing, building, programming, and driving teams. Because of the variety in the teams, the Robotics club encourages students who want to learn more about building robots with materials that are used in the Botball competitions.

Speakers for Students Club

The goal of the club it is to bring in speakers for the school twice during each semester on issues that are of concern to students. We meet several times during each semester to discuss topics of concern and speaker selections.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (S.G.A.) is comprised of four officers - president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer - who are elected by the high school student body. In addition to the officers there are approximately 12 S.G.A. representatives. The representative position is open to any student in the high school who wishes to participate. The S.G.A. is responsible for planning and organizing social and community service events throughout the school year. These include, but are not limited to, spirit week activities, the Homecoming Dance as well as the holiday food and donation drive.

Tech Team

Upper School & Middle School Tech Team members train for and participate in various online international Capture the Flag competitions throughout the year.  Capture the Flag is a hacking competition aimed at deciphering and thwarting unknown threats and hacks . In preparation for the competitions, students are trained to perform  cyber security tasks such as cracking codes, reverse engineering, creating design algorithms and mastering the Internet . Students learn skills in Java, Python, HTML and various other languages. Students meet after school for a few weeks before the competitions and the competitions are a week long and can be completed from home and during study halls until the final day when the  team works together  for an entire day at school. We have placed high and have won these competitions  over the years in which we have competed. 

Worcester Volunteers

The Worcester Volunteers is a student-run organization. Students can participate in any or all of the activities that the Volunteers have chosen to support. Currently, approximately two-thirds of the Upper School student body participates in at least one Volunteer-sponsored event. Assateague Beach Cleanup, Light the Night, the WPS recycling program, book drives for local residents and student-inspired activities are common events supported by the Volunteers.  Each year different events are added depending on student and community interest.

Yearbook (The Mallard)

The staff of approximately 50 students is responsible for all facets of creating the 200-page publication (The Mallard) which includes photography, design, advertising, marketing and editing. Yearbook students attend class once a week. The yearbook captures the entire school year and includes all Worcester students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The yearbook highlights many of the clubs, classes, performances and sports at Worcester Prep. Yearbook students attend class once a week. On occasion students contribute their time beyond class to photograph musical performances, homecoming events, and sports games.