Upper School students have opportunities to demonstrate leadership and organizational skills through a wide variety of school clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to be active classroom participants as well as active in at least one of the following groups:
The Anime Club works to educate members in the culture and language of Japan and the art style of Japanese animation. The club will hold Anime-style fundraisers. The money raised will provide funds to educate younger children in Japanese customs and to assist children in hospitals and orphanages.
Benjamin Student Ambassadors
The Benjamin Student Ambassadors is the in-school organization responsible for hosting prospective students, contacting newly admitted students, and working closely with them to assure a smooth transition. In addition to working with Admission, the Ambassadors serve the entire school population through tutoring and mentoring.
The purpose of the Book Club is to give the Benjamin community an opportunity to read and discuss short stories in a non-formal manner. The club will sponsor a book drive each year to collect books for the less fortunate of our community. Meetings will be held once a week in the sponsor’s classroom.
The purpose of the Career Club is to help Benjamin students’ awareness of the various career paths that are available to them in the future and to gain exposure to various professionals in the greater Palm Beach Country area. The club will also assist seniors with their work project requirement.
The Chess Club welcomes players of all levels, even those who have never played before. The club meets every Thursday. “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” Pascal
The Computer Club specializes in web design as well as Flash Animations, and is great for ALL skill levels. Whether students are just learning to use the computer, or have years of experience in computers, the Computer Club is a great place to share ideas and talk about various topics related to the computer industry.
The Benjamin after-school dance program is extensive, varied, and offers one hour and half-hour classes in ballet/point, modern, tap and jazz dance. Students receive instructions in our state-of-the-art studio, specifically designed for the care and maintenance of the serious and recreational dancer. Dancers have many opportunities to perform at local functions and benefits.
Debate is open to anyone who wishes to get involved. Students will learn to speak publicly on prepared and impromptu topics. Each debater can participate in many different competitions in which they will compete against students from other schools and receive scores from judges. The club will meet on a weekly basis and compete on five Saturdays.
The Diversity Club is comprised of Benjamin students dedicated and committed to increasing their own cultural knowledge and awareness, as well as that of the Benjamin community in general. The club is an important aspect of Benjamin’s commitment to diversity in general and in terms of its specific benefit to our school. Through thoughtful discussions, guest speakers, research, and planned programs the club is able to educate its members and the school.
The Drama Club is available for the student who enjoys drama and would like to further his/her involvement in theater by participating in Drama Club activities. Students are given the opportunity to learn about many aspects of the theater through workshops, seminars, and hands-on experience. Some of these areas include directing, staging, stage managing, acting, costuming, choreography, lighting, and sound maintenance.
The Environmental Club is a student-run organization for those interested in environmental issues. Students participate in on-campus volunteer activities such as recycling and help to educate their peers on environmental issues. Students also plan trips and activities such as hiking.
The Equestrian Club
The Benjamin School Equestrian Club is a competitive team of hunter jumper horse back riders who are members of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). The IEA hosts monthly events for local high schools; these events are especially great opportunities because they often have D1 college recruiters. The equestrian club is also involved with community service involving horses, primarily volunteering as side walkers, leaders, and helpers at a local therapeutic riding center.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Meetings are highlighted by student speakers, guest speakers, ice breakers, Bible stories, bible trivia and games. Our biggest project each year is our annual Christmas Drive for food and toys for the needy. Meetings are every Friday at 7:30 a.m. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
Fellowship of Jewish Athletes (FJA)
The Fellowship of Jewish Athletes is an organization mostly of young Jewish people; however it is open to all Benjamin students. The FJA will celebrate major holidays, make the community aware of their significance, perform service projects and meet on a weekly basis.
French Club (Le Cercle Francais)
The mission of Le Cercle Francais is to promote French culture within the school. Students organize various group activities involving food, music, art and outreach to local francophone organizations. The club independently funds its activities through student-run fundraising, including weekly croissant sales. Members help prepare the school’s team to participate in Le Congres de la Culture Francaise en Floride, the state-wide French competition held in Orlando.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Future Business Leaders focuses on educating and exposing its members to the characteristics and attributes necessary to be successful in business. Various speakers will address skills necessary to be successful in many different professional fields. The club is open to all Benjamin students.
The Guitar Club is open to any student, regardless of musical experience or instrument. The goal of the club is to provide the student-body with a greater understanding and appreciation of music, and broaden students’ musical interests. Different varieties of music are played, including but not limited to classic rock, jazz, alternative and reggae.
Habitat for Humanity Club
Members of the Benjamin Habitat Club work with the Jupiter and Martin County chapters of Habitat for Humanity International to assist with building homes for those in need. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization which builds simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter. Faculty Supervisor is Lynne Feyk.
Harvard Model Congress
The Harvard Model Congress is a three day mock legislative congress, featuring a presidential election, district and Supreme Court cases, senate and house sessions run by the Harvard students on their campus. Students with strong academic credentials and active participation in history will be invited.
Human Rights Club
The Human Rights Club mission is to bring awareness to The Benjamin School of the horrors that are going on throughout the world. The club will focus on raising funds to assist those in underprivileged countries.
Junior States of America (JSA)
The Junior States of America is the largest student-run government education association in the country. All JSA regional conferences, special events and weekly chapter meetings are run by the students themselves in order to gain valuable practical experience in the art of democracy. JSA combines elements of debate with the agenda of political issues symposium.
The Key Club is an international student-led organization which presents its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. The vision is to develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through service activities. The core values of Key Club are leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.
The Meditation Club will meet to teach and share exercises and experiences in relaxation and meditation. Buddhist and Taoist and approaches and readings will be explored.
The Benjamin School takes a group of students in delegations to represent two countries in the Model United Nations. Students receive a committee assignment in which they will represent their country in sessions featuring protracted negotiations to pass resolutions around current and important international issues. The three day experience is held at a large, host campus.
National Art Honor Society (NAHS)
The National Art Honor Society exists for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS also strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in the arts, and to bring attention to the school community. NAHS works to sponsor school events and fundraisers, and will also help to facilitate student art exhibition opportunities.
National History Club
The purpose of the National History Club is to encourage discussion, writing, and overall interest in history. The club is a forum for knowledge about essential and historic wars in which our nation has been involved. The National History Club is supported by The Concord Review.
National Honor Society
The Faculty Council elects the membership of the National Honor Society. Students must meet all of the four criteria: scholarship, character, leadership and service. The Council invites all faculty to provide input on academically qualified candidates (3.67 or better cumulative GPA). In addition, each candidate has an opportunity to complete a Candidate Information Sheet, and current officers of NHS will interview each candidate. This information provides the basis on which Faculty Council evaluates candidates for membership in National Honor Society.
Students interested in joining Peer Counseling must go through an application process. Members assist with various student issues and help new students with their transition to The Benjamin School. Through the process, peer counselors gain a greater understanding of their own lives.
Pink Committee Club
The members of the Pink Committee Club work hard to raise both awareness and funds to support the Susan G. Komen foundation. During October (Breast Cancer Awareness month) 2010 the club raised $721.25 through a bake sale at a home football game and the sale of pink hair extensions. The pink hair was donated and applied by someone from a local salon. She applied a bright pink hair strand to 52 people, both male and female. Mrs. Amanda Pierman is the faculty sponsor.
The Benjamin Photography Club meets after school on the block days. It gives students who are in photography class additional time in the dark room. It is also great for students who could not get into photography classes because of conflicts in their schedules. Cameras are available to club members during the meetings along with helpful instruction from the photography teacher.
Poetry and Improv Club
The Poetry and Improv Club is a forum for Benjamin students and faculty to express themselves through poetry. The club meets after school, and allows students to read and discuss poetry. Poetry/Improv Night is held to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. The music room is packed with upper school students, faculty and staff performing improv games and reading poetry.
Political Issues Symposium
The Political Issues Symposium is an informal gathering of students who enjoy discussing the issues of the day. Although an effort is made to address both sides of the political spectrum, students are encouraged to take a stand and defend it. Meetings are held weekly.
Protection of Animals Within Society (PAWS)
The mission of the club is to protect and give aid to all domestic and wildlife animals throughout our community. Our community activities include collecting supplies for animal shelters, researching animal laws, and petitioning Congress to improve animal habitats.
The Spanish Club discusses current events affecting Latin-America and Spanish-speaking countries. In addition, the club exposes Benjamin students to Hispanic traditions and cultures. The club is not only designed for Spanish-speaking students or Spanish-enrolled students, but is open to all Benjamin students with diverse backgrounds who show interest in the subject.
“Sticking to the Cause”
The purpose of ‘Club Stick’ is to unify the students and faculty of the Benjamin community in the continuous efforts to battle cancer and support cancer research. The club will provide students with a place where they can come to share their stories about cancer’s effect on them, listen to the stories of their peers or teachers and get involved in truly sticking to the cause by taking part in various activities to raise money for different cancer research organizations.
The Student Council is infinitely involved in the school, in that it is the liaison between the students and the administration and faculty. Student Council organizes all of the school dances, sells snacks, and is the only club whose officers are elected by the entire school. All of the other clubs need permission of the Student Government in order to conduct fund raising activities. Student Government is in charge of the various spirit weeks such as Homecoming and Grillin’ & Chillin’ week.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
SADD is an acronym for Students Against Destructive Decisions. The club seeks to educate Benjamin students on how to handle difficult situations that adolescents can sometimes encounter due to peer pressure. Some of the topics covered include alcohol, drugs, reckless driving, cheating, stealing, and lying.