Welcome to the Student Activities Department home page. A complete listing of student activities is found below. For additional information on the Student Activities Program, please contact our department chair - Ms. Emily Valencia at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.
Club Body and Mind is committed to holistic health. Once each Wolfpack Cycle, club members meet to practice meditative breathing and yoga, as well as have conversation about healthy eating habits and lifestyles to ensure the soundness of mind.
Both experienced players and novices might want to consider the Chess Team. This game requires mental strategy, forethought, and patience - along with a great deal of practice and teamwork. Our team competes against other Catholic schools. The season culminates at the State Competition.
The Chicago Arts Club consists of students who enjoy cultural activities including plays, musicals, dance, and photography, essentially any type of artistic exhibitions. Members of Chicago artistic community, such as playwrights and actors have met with our group to share their knowledge and experience of their craft. All are welcome! Leadership opportunities available.
We help mentally handicapped / developmentally challenged young adults to lead meaningful and happy lives with dignity and respect. In association with the Ray Graham Training Center, our members contribute as friends to such events as sporting games, dances, holiday parties, a clothing drive, a concert, etc. The members benefit from ongoing education and training in the areas of mental and physical disabilities. The group is about social inclusion and making real friends.
Students interested in the ancient world—the language, culture, history and mythology of ancient Greece and Rome—may enjoy Classics Club. In addition to viewing films such as “Gladiator” and “Troy”, we also attend the annual state convention for the Illinois Junior Classical League and compete in the Illinois Certamen League, a quiz bowl-style competition in which teams answer questions covering all aspects of the ancient world.
Club for American Sign Language seeks to bridge the gap between the hearing impaired through education and service.
Club Vinyl seeks to cultivate an inclusive community of music lovers through the communal experience of listening to vinyl records. Students and faculty members are invited to share their love of music with others by presenting on a favorite album. The club aims to channel the healing, creative and unitive powers of music to foster an environment in which members of the school community can “take a load off” from the demands and pressures of a busy school week. The club meets every activity period and hosts music related events and field trips throughout the school year.
Club IDEA provides an outlet for creative students to work in a comfortable atmosphere. IDEA stands for Ignatians Determined to Express Art. Club IDEA creates artists out of students unaware of their artistic potential, while pushing current artists to the edges of their own imagination. It also provides an environment for students to meet other students with a common interest in the arts, especially drawing, painting, collaging, jewelry-making, creative writing, poetry and music (vocal and instrumental). Weekly meetings begin with a short student presentation for inspiration followed by creative time. At the end of each meeting, members are encouraged to share their finished work.
The members of the club will have the opportunity to learn how to code websites and apps with resources such as Code School, Codecademy, and Treehouse. By the end of the year the students will be working on a product of their own that they can eventually sell or turn into a company.
The Community Tutoring Alliance tutors students from neighboring elementary schools. Tutors and tutees work one-on-one throughout the year on all areas of the grammar school study. A very special relationship often develops between the pair of students as the year progresses. Social activities such as parties near holidays and field trips are planned throughout the year. Participation in CTA can be a very rewarding experience!
"By writing at the instant, the very heartbeat of life is caught" - Walt Whitman. Creative Writing Club provides a stimulating outlet for student writers seeking support, feedback, and community collaboration. Short stories, poetry, dramas, novels: We do it all! Join a community of writers eager to grow and explore: Find that creative spark!
The members of the Culinary Club meet primarily during Activity Period and gather together for all things "foodie". We cook, bake, eat and learn new things together.
These cultural clubs provide students with opportunities to learn more about their own and others' ethnic and international backgrounds. The clubs sponsor parent nights, service projects, social activities, and a cultural festival in the spring. These groups celebrate the diversity that Saint Ignatius proudly holds as one of its primary characteristics.
ASIA (Alliance of Saint Ignatius Asians)
ALAS (Association of Latin American Students)
BOSS (The Black Organization of Successful Students)
Club Erin (Gaelic and Irish)
Club Italia (Italian heritage)
Club ME (Middle Eastern heritage)
Club Ukraine (Ukrainian heritage)
French Club - French Club invites students (taking French or any other language) to explore the French language and the cultures of Francophone (French-speaking) countries. We hope you'll join us in broadening your international knowledge and developing a better cultural understanding of French and Francophone culture in all their complexity. Bienvenue!
Slavic Heritage Society - The Saint Ignatius Slavic Heritage Society is a cultural club focusing on informing the Saint Ignatius community on slavic culture. We host many cultural activities along with community service projects. The Slavic Heritage Society exists to deepen the bond of many people that trace their roots back to the Slavic Region of Europe, as well as informing and befriending those who are curious about Slavic Culture.
Diversity Club is an organization that promotes and leads diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs at Saint Ignatius. Through such activities as Mix-It-Up Day and Diversity Dialogues, Diversity Club fosters active school community awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion issues.
Erika's Lighthouse is dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Events organized by members include, but are not limited to the following: Erika's Lighthouse Teen Panel presented to all freshman PE classes, stress relieving activities such as meditation, a comfort dog day- typically the weeks before final exams. All are welcome to join. Leadership opportunities available.
We are a group of cinemaphiles who meet to expand our appreciation of film as an art form. Discussions of films and voicing of various viewpoints helps to build self-confidence and a respect for the diversity among the students. One of our goals is to have a good time while learning more about films and our fellow Ignatians.
« L'homme qui sait deux langues en vaut deux! » The Société Honoraire de Français recognizes outstanding students in the study of French language. This organization of highly motivated students in French provides an opportunity to experience leadership in serving as officers, to direct the initiation ceremony and to sponsor service and tutoring activities around French language and culture.
We are a group of students who advocate for universal education, opportunities and resources through volunteer work with various international organizations.
Our theatrical organization, started in 1927, provides the Saint Ignatius College Prep community with two energetic performances per year. Past shows include Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Neil Simon’s Fools, Sugar, Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water, The Spitfire Grill, The Curious Savage, Honk!, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Lucky Stiff, and Twentieth Century. The troupe’s productions have been selected from shows produced from across the state of Illinois to perform at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival in '94, '96, '97, and ’04.
We are Ignatians for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and our group educates its members and the wider school communities on the important work of protecting animals from exploitation, neglect, and abuse. We also sponsor letter campaigns, and encourage volunteer work at animal shelters.
Organize, support, and encourage students and the SICP community to be aware and actively involved in healthy living. Health promotion related activities and education will be offered to provide opportunities to further these goals.
Improvisational theater is an exciting fine arts activity that gives the students the forum to leap out of the 'ravines' of everyday life, and create exhilaration on a stage. Practicing twice a week, the Improv group practices their skills at not being prepared yet creating comedy and spirit; sometimes the mere survival to perform again is the most immediate desire, but in that lies the amusing electricity that is Ignatius Improv.
The Ignatian Pilgrimage Club exists to enhance the spiritual lives of St. Ignatius College Prep students by facilitating Christian pilgrimage to sites important to our faith.
Ignatians Committed To Peace is the St. Ignatius club dedicated to addressing issues of peace internationally in an effort to live out the Ignatian value of social justice. This club meets weekly to discuss and act on issues related to oppression of the poor and disenfranchised here in Chicago and in the world community.
The International Club hopes to support and engage Saint Ignatius students who have studied abroad, are studying abroad, or are thinking of studying abroad, either in high school or college.
IVC (Ignatian Volunteer Corps) seeks to be of service to one another and the larger community; to be "men and women for others.” IVC is a club especially geared towards upperclassmen students who want to deeper their involvement in issues of faith and justice through ongoing service here in Chicago.IVC accomplishes our mission through events such as our annual Halloween party for neighborhood elementary students and second semester sandwich making day. We also sponsor monthly service and justice projects that include adult literacy tutoring, tutoring elementary students, volunteering at soup kitchens and much more. As we seek to build a more just community, we look to the example of Jesus through prayer and reflection that inspire and sustain our commitment to a “faith that does justice.”
Kino Teens seek to embody the heritage of the Jesuit priest Padre Kino who was a defender of native peoples and a protector of their rights. In keeping with this ideal, Kino Teens is devoted to giving voice to migrants’ stories, to educate the school and community about the issues surrounding migration, to relate advocacy on behalf of migrants to the teachings of the Church, and to serve migrants through service and accompaniment.
The Latin Honor Society exists to honor outstanding scholarship in Latin; to encourage interest in the Classics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members toward their peers, teachers, and the communities; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in Latin.
If writing or publishing is your interest, you may wish to join one of our student literary co-curriculars. These activities engage thoughtful and creative writers to publish their work through highly visible media involving sophisticated technology and style. Saint Ignatius has three long-standing publications:
Phantasm - Literature & Visual Arts Journal
Prep - The school yearbook is published annually to record, highlight, and commemorate the past year of school at Saint Ignatius.
Spirit School Newspaper - with both paper and online formats, the Spirit includes student produced news, features, sports, arts and leisure, op-ed, and humor content.
At the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman levels, these students represent Saint Ignatius at various mathematics competitions in the Chicago area.
The Saint Ignatius Mock Trial team meets in the fall to hear from experienced attorneys and judges and learn trial techniques from the experts. During the spring, their season picks up with weekly practices and sessions to prepare for the Howlett Cup Mock Trial competition, which takes place at the Richard J. Daley courthouse in late April. During this competition, students compete against other Jesuit high school mock trial teams and are judged by a jury of licensed attorneys and a presiding judge who oversees each round. Throughout the season, students brainstorm putting together opening arguments, direct examinations, cross examinations, closing arguments, and learn how to work with exhibits. In its first year competing, the SICP Mock Trial inaugural team won the championship Howlett Cup. Coach Sonia Antolec is the Chief Administrative Law Judge for IL Healthcare and Family services. Moderator Geoffrey Hammond, J.D. is a member of the Development Office and a proud member of the Class of 1990.
Members of the NHS are elected in either their junior or senior year by the faculty based upon quality of service, scholarship, and leadership. The Rev. Arnold Damen, S.J. Chapter of the national organization of honor societies functions as a service community of Saint Ignatius.
The National Chinese Honor Society is an organization of outstanding high school students who have shown enthusiasm and maintained excellent grades in at least two years of Chinese. The primary purpose of the Society is to recognize students’ achievement in the study of Chinese, to maintain the commitment of advanced study and greater cross-cultural understanding, and to serve this knowledge by tutoring students in our learning community.
Members of the outdoor adventure club experience the great outdoors together. We plan trips and outings to get out into nature as a group of like minded outdoor enthusiasts. Our outings are based on many facets of outdoor adventure... hiking, camping, rock climbing, and skiing/snowboarding.
Brought together by their passion for music, this student-run group of singers comes together to create, practice, and perform songs using their voices only. From Christmas carols to pop, from rock to musical theater, we appreciate a variety of genres and welcome singers from all grades to audition at the beginning of the school year.
Pack Pride is a group of energetic Ignatius students who want to initiate fan support for athletic contests. Pack Pride members will create opportunities for other Ignatians to join them in cheering on the student-athletes of Saint Ignatius College Prep.
We provide an opportunity for students to play both fun and challenging music, and spread school spirit during Pep Rallies, Football games, Basketball games, and other school events. The band meets once a week for an hour to rehearse and performs once or twice a week. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to join (need to be able to read music). The following instruments are found in the Pep Band: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, and Drums. Bass and Piano (basketball season only). For more information contact Mr. Steffen or Dr. O’Keefe.
The Peer Tutoring Organization gives students the opportunity to be Men and Women for Others by allowing them to share their intellectual gifts with each other. The members of the organization exemplify the grad at grad values through their commitment to helping their fellow classmates succeed academically.
Photo club offers students a chance to hone their photographic eye through fun weekly assignments, critiques, tips & tricks tutorials, and exploration of classic as well as modern masters of photography.
The Saint Ignatius Ping Pong Club is centered around building community and friendly competition for players of all skill levels. We host drop-in meetings throughout the school year during Activity Period in 2nd floor gym. Please come any time--no pre-registration is necessary. In the winter season we form a competitive team that competes against other schools.
Project Unity is a club dedicated to expressing an open understanding of all people, regardless of identity. We address that all people deserve to be regarded with dignity within Catholic social teachings and work to remove the stigmas around identity and equality. As men and women for and with others and in an attempt to foster cura personalis, we are called to encourage acceptance of all, provide a safe haven for those who have been outcast by prejudice, and actively pursue the promotion of equality.
Recyclers meet weekly after school to gather all materials from the blue recycling bins located throughout the classrooms and offices of Saint Ignatius. These materials are then sorted and boxed to be picked up by the recycling center. Freshmen may receive community service hours through their commitment to this valuable service.
The SICP Pro-Life League exists to raise awareness of the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
St. Ignatius's Robotics team is one of over 3,000 teams worldwide who compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an event designed to involve high school students in robotics. We work hard to design a robot that weighs around 120 lbs for competition. When we are not in competition season, we teach our members how to code, manage a budget, use tools safely and effectively, manage social media sites, build circuits and much more! We also work to promote Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM) education at both St. Ignatius and our community.
The Rubik’s Cube Club meets every Activity period to learn techniques for solving the world’s most famous spatial puzzle and the challenge each other to see who can solve it fastest. Several different cube solving techniques will be practiced. Also, advanced cubers can learn solving challenges such as multilayer and irregular shapes. Learning to solve Rubik’s cube enhances spatial reasoning and logic. Come join our club!
SADD is a club that is dedicated to promoting safe and smart decisions in our school community, including substance abuse prevention.
SIBEC sparks and facilitates meaningful discussion about economic issues. The club achieves its mission through hosting guest speakers, running stock market simulations and learning about entrepreneurship. By starting preparation early, the Business and Economic Club is guaranteeing Chicago's continuing prosperity for generations to come.
Our Academic Team competes in question and answer competitions that test teamwork, quick recall ability and students' depth of knowledge in math, science, literature, social sciences, fine arts, language arts, and general knowledge. Juniors and seniors compete in IHSA-sanctioned varsity level matches; freshmen and sophomores compete with opponents from their own age group on the junior varsity level.
The Science Olympiad is like an academic track meet. There are a series of team events that assess scientific prowess in a multitude of arenas. From genetics to geology to physics, science Olympians compete against each other in active, hands-on tasks to win points for the team and school. Our team competes in three invitational competitions and one regional tournament throughout the school year.
The Saint Ignatius Model UN affords students the opportunity to participate in authentic simulations of the United Nations. Students learn to debate current issues; learn about the international community and develop research, writing, public speaking and conflict resolution skills. SIMUN hosts a Model United Nations conference each fall for local high schools. Saint Ignatius also competes in major conferences in the Chicagoland area as well as at major cities throughout the country including Washington D.C., New York, and Boston. SIMUN also travels to international conferences in countries such as China, Germany, Russia, and Netherlands. The SIMUN team has been recognized by bestdelegate.com as one of the top Model UN programs in the country.
The purpose of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honor Society) is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies through cultural events and linguistic opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. Spanish Honor Society students also offer service to Saint Ignatius though participation in a peer tutoring program that provides support for students in Spanish 1, 2 and 3. Students are invited to join the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica at the end of their sophomore year.
The Saint Ignatius Special Needs Appreciation Club is dedicated to raising both awareness and appreciation of all among us with physical, emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs. We also seek to foster fellowship among all students in a fun and educational way.
Students participating in this club become actively involved with social issues and attempt to “make a difference” in world events . Participation in World AIDS Day, a Peace Vigil, the National Day of Silence, and letter writing campaigns are a few of our main projects.
A student-run violin repair program at St. Ignatius in service to inner city orchestras. The art of adjusting and repairing bowed string instruments is revered in the music world. Students experience what it feels like to be acknowledged as a team addressing a very expensive inequity in music access. There is a personal empowerment to breathe new voice into a mute and neglected violin, and to hand your art work to a student who waits…the first of many who will play it.
This student organization provides an opportunity for young men and women to learn about leadership, organization skills, achievement, and team building. The council is composed of elected representatives for each class and led by an elected executive board. In addition to planning and sponsoring extracurricular events, members of Student Council actively participate in fundraisers, consciousness raising, and service projects.
Voices of Women is a student group that aims to promote respect and equality, educate about issues that concern women, and eliminate gender roles, stereotypes and prejudice. We strive to express ourselves while empowering and supporting each other as women.
The Water1st club empowers students to use their talents and networks to further our mission to end the walk for water for good. This club allows students to explore the topic of accessing clean water and the urgency of the issue. The Water1st club provides students with the support and resources they need to be strong advocates, as well as the inspiration to become the next generation of global leaders.
Students will explore the use of audio and digital video resources to document and broadcast school events. The events may be carried live over the Internet or stored as part of the school's digital media archives. These broadcasts will be available for instructional use in the classroom and for general informational use. Students will be exposed to the entire production process from the pre-production work of scripting and researching to the post-production work of audio and video editing.