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Arlington School

The Arlington School offers many extracurricular clubs and activities for our students. We are also open to student ideas for new activities.

Arlington Café

Students can perform and share their various talents in an open-mic setting on a weekly basis. These talents range from singing and playing instruments to performing poetry, spoken word, and rap.

Field Day

Field day is an all-school event where student-staff teams compete against each other in fun and creative activities designed to promote school spirit. Each team is assigned a color, and everyone is encouraged to wear their team color and to participate within their abilities.

Gender/Sexuality Acceptance

Students in our Gender/Sexuality Acceptance group are of varied backgrounds, orientations, and cultures. They meet once a week to discuss their common and diverse experiences.

Literary Magazine

Bowling outing at the Arlington SchoolStudents get together to write, share, and give each other feedback on their poetry, prose, essays, book reviews, and photography, with the goal of publishing the students’ work in the form of a literary magazine at least once per year.

Small Independent Student Arts League (SISAL)

SISAL is an annual arts competition for Massachusetts private schools, grades 7-12, to showcase student artwork in painting, drawing, sculpture, photo, jewelry, ceramics, graphics, and more. Through the years, the Arlington School has produced many winners and honorable mentions in many categories.

Student Community OutReach (SCOR)

Through SCOR, students work with community organizations to help people in need. SCOR has worked with organizations including Be an Elf, Pine Street Inn, Gaining Ground, Boston Medical Center, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Cradles to Crayons, Waltham Fields Community Farm, and Drumlin Farms.

Student Council

The Arlington School Student Council lets students develop leadership roles and work as mentors for incoming students. The student council has raised money through bake sales and arts and crafts sales to fund school activities and has also been involved in making the school more “green” through recycling.

Talent Show

Students are given the opportunity to share their individual or group talents with the school community at a talent show, either by performing live or by showing a video.

Theater Trips

The Arlington School makes frequent trips to student matinees performed by local Boston professional groups, including the American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, and New Repertory Theatre.

Visiting Artists and Scholars Program

Featured professional artists visit Arlington School to offer demonstrations and discussions of their work, process, and career. Visiting artists and scholars have included singer/songwriters, politicians, photographers, and ceramic artists.

Welcome Wagon

This club’s purpose is to create a warm and welcoming environment to new students at Arlington School. Older students are paired up with new students to show them around school, answer any questions they may have, and be a friendly face in a new setting.

Other Events

  • Lunchtime cookouts throughout the year as weather permits
  • A traditional Halloween party each fall, with costumes and games
  • A Thanksgiving feast in November
  • A holiday party in December
  • Annual excursion to Canobie Lake Park
  • Art Night to showcase student art work for students and families each year in the late spring
  • Other excursions include museum visits and college tours
  • Arlington School students are also eligible to participate in their public school extracurricular activities, athletics, social events, and graduation ceremonies