Student Resources - Clubs & Activities

Art Club

Designed for students with any level of artistic talent. Students are encouraged to have fun and explore different styles of artistic expression while reaching out to both the school and town communities. Main activities include personal artwork, mural painting, and artwork for other clubs. Past community projects have included painting murals, painting and hanging birdhouses in the park, Kid's Day, and ceramics with Clover Lake residents.

Best Buddies

International organization aimed at creating friendships between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their peers. CHS has a chapter that is open to all students and meets for social activities, games, and activities.  Students learn leadership skills, compassion, and have the opportunity to be a part of a large global movement!

Book Club

Students meet on a weekly basis and choose literary works for interpretive and evaluative analysis. Through a discussion of their own experiences and observations, social-emotional learning is enhanced; thus, improving both their character and their academic achievement.

Cancer Awareness

Members actively participate in the improvement of the environment around campus and in our community, as well as the world in general. Projects include raising awareness regarding local and global environmental issues, fundraising to help protect endangered species, and a school-wide recycling program. 

Dance Club

Each spring, auditions are held for a competitive dance team. Practices are held at least three times a week after school. The team competes in multiple competitions in the winter. Meetings for non-competitive members are once a month. All members are encouraged to participate in all activities; however, some activities are exclusively for the competition team. The group will perform at various venues throughout the year. The Dance team holds their annual recital every January to showcase the dances they have learned throughout the year.

Drama Club

The CHS Drama Club presents a play each November. Students learn about acting, directing and theater tech!

Equity Club

With its goal of inciting change in our community, Equity Club offers an inclusive environment for those that look to make social change.  Between creating resources, meeting with administrators, and sharing ideas, we adopt an open environment to hear concerns and enforce them through action.

Film Club

The Carmel Film Club is an organization for students of all backgrounds to gain experience in various forms of film production; camera work, editing, sound design, writing, working as a team, etc.  We are a club of film enthusiasts who share ideas and collaborate to bring those ideas to life.  During our weekly meetings, we will discuss, plan, film, edit and produce short films.  In addition, we will film and produce videos highlighting the school and surrounding community.

French Club

Open to all students interested in the French language and culture. Activities include Kids Day and trips to enjoy French cuisine, culture and music. Meetings include fun activities like Pétanque and guest speakers! Several fundraising events are held throughout the year to help fund club trips.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Future Business Leaders of America is a national organization.  It provides, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students in business and/or business-related fields to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibilities.  Because of the tremendous benefits, FBLA provides students, the NYS Education Department endorses FBLA as a co-curricular and integral part of a business education program.  It inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through career preparation and leadership experiences.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

GSA is a club that provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other and openly discuss issues affecting and related to the LGBTQ community.  All students, allies, and supporters of the LGBTQ community are welcome.  We cover the history of the community, current events, and participate in school and community events.

Go Green

Preserve our planet and explore world issues. All students welcome. Meets weekly to collect recyclables and debate global topics. Raise funds to support community and global organizations.


A Rotary-sponsored service club. The program gives students an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.

Interscholastic Sports Programs

Check with the Athletics Department for details and try-out information.

Fall Programs

  • Cheerleading (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Cross Country (Varsity, Boys & Girls Teams)
  • Field Hockey (Varsity, JV)
  • Football (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Girls Tennis (Varsity)
  • Girls Volleyball (Varsity, JV)
  • Soccer (Varsity, JV, Boys & Girls Teams)

Winter Programs

  • Basketball (Varsity, JV, Freshman, Boys & Girls Teams)
  • Bowling (Varsity, Co-Ed)
  • Cheerleading (Varsity, JV)
  • Gymnastics (Varsity)
  • Ice Hockey (Varsity)
  • Skiing (Varsity, Boys & Girls Teams)
  • Track (Varsity, JV, Boys & Girls Teams)
  • Wrestling

Spring Programs

  • Baseball (Varsity, JV, Freshman)Boys Lacrosse (Varsity, JV)
  • Boys Tennis (Varsity)
  • Girls Lacrosse (Varsity, JV)
  • Girls Softball (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Golf (Varsity, Boys & Girls Teams)
  • Track (Varsity, JV, Boys & Girls Teams)

Italian-American Club

Activities include the annual Faculty Tea, International Week, Homecoming, Kids' Day, trip to the Culinary Institute of America or Arthur Avenue, Annual BOCCE tournament, Valentine's Day Party, Holiday Party, Italian Honor Society Inductions, and cultural events.

Musical Groups

Students may participate in the following musical groups:

  • Bella Voce
    • Chamber choir principally for acapella and classical music. In addition to school district performances, the group may perform at other venues throughout the year.
  • CHS Singers 
    • A select group that performs jazz music throughout the year. They are featured at the annual Pops Concert.
  • Jazz Band
    • Open to any student who plays saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, guitar, piano or bass. In addition to school concerts, the group performs for a variety of functions in the community and is featured at the annual Pops Concert each winter.
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
    • This is a national music honors society.  This is a group of select music students who help the music directors oversee the many functions of the Music Department, including planning trips, assisting with concert preparations, performing accounting functions for the activity fund, and making decorations for the Pops Concert.  Members must be enrolled in a music ensemble at CHS, maintain an "A" average in their music classes, and be an active member and participate within the music community both in and outside of school.
  • Music Production Workshop
    •  Each year students are encouraged to try out for parts in either the high school music production or the pit orchestra. 

National Honor Society

Junior and senior students who achieve a cumulative unweighted average of 90 and above, are invited to apply for membership. The application requires that students provide documentation verifying a minimum of 30 hours of community service completed during the prior year. Leadership and character are also important factors considered by the faculty committee that reviews applications. In addition to attending meetings, NHS members initiate and participate in a variety of community- based service activities throughout the year.  Visit the CHS National Honor Society webpage.

Rock Club

Members meet once a week to learn and practice songs, with the intention of performing. While the club is open to all Carmel High School students, they must pass an audition. There are at least two shows each year. Students set the program from a pool of classic rock songs and others of their own choosing.

Science Club

The Science Club is your place to experience unique opportunities outside the classroom.  We carry out a variety of labs and activities that will open your eyes to the wonders of science.  We educate the community about how science plays a role in our daily lives.  We finish off the year with a special field trip designed by the club officers.

Science Research

Carmel Science Research is a three-year program that affords students the opportunity to participate in the community of scientific research as part of their high school experience.  It balances instruction in the high school with a mentorship experience.  Open to freshman to apply.  Visit us for more information. 


Spanish Club

Open to all high school students interested in the Spanish language and culture and those students of Hispanic descent. One of the club’s goals is to celebrate diversity in our school by acknowledging not only the Spanish heritage but different cultures throughout the world. Activities include Homecoming, Kids Day and trips to enjoy Latin food, culture and music. There are numerous opportunities to participate in community events that will provide our students with community service hours. The club hosts the popular International Dinner which is open to all CHS clubs. Several fundraising events are held throughout the year to help fund club trips. The club serves as the host to the induction ceremony held every other year for the Spanish National Honor Society, “Los Sobresalientes de Carmel.”

Student Organization (SO)

The SO is in charge of Homecoming Spirit Week and Pep Rally. They also organize the Junior Prom and Senior Ball. 

Student Mentor Program

Open to juniors and seniors, students apply and are selected for the Student Mentor program in the spring. Student Mentors interact with their assigned incoming freshman throughout the school year to orient students to the high school building and culture, answer questions, direct them to where they can seek help if needed and generally encourage them to succeed in high school. Training takes place in May/June and again in August.

Students Assisting Students

Students Assisting Students (SAS) is a program for juniors and seniors who would like to work with elementary school students in a classroom setting. Students apply and are selected.  SAS students commit to working with the same teacher and class for the school year, affording them the opportunity to develop a relationship with the teacher and students in the educational community. Many SAS students consider a career in education and welcome this hands-on-experience. 


The CHS Yearbook staff works on the creation of the Carmel High School yearbook throughout the course of the school year.  Student editors will learn how to create layouts for pages and follow design elements for that year's book.  Students who have knowledge of and enjoy digital photography are also needed.  Students will also be asked to participate in all events that the yearbook partakes in through the entire school year.  Students can plan for weekly meetings/work sessions after school, in addition to time working on the creation of that year's book, outside of CHS.