We want our students to reach beyond their academic classrooms to further their character development. To this end, we offer an abundance of extracurricular programs that allow our students to engage with and be mindful of others, to explore interests and passions that exist beyond the classroom, and to develop leadership and collaborative skills through clubs, seminars, academic bees, student government, academic competitions and Olympiads, cross-grade level mentoring programs, and honor societies.
The Good Deeds Club offers an important community service opportunity and is open to second and third graders. The club meets after school and focuses on guiding students to find ways to reach out to others at home, at school, and in the community. The Good Deeds Club meets twice a month right after school. Mrs. Grabill is the club advisor.
Envirothon is a competitive event for middle and high school teams to compete at a Natural Resources Knowledge and Ecology Field Day against other regional teams. It stimulates, reinforces, and enhances students' interest in the environment and our state's natural resources. Resource subject areas are: Soils/land use, Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatic Ecology, and other current environmental issues. High school and middle school teams from Oakwood compete each year in the Coastal Regional competition. Winners from the regional level are invited to compete at the state level in April each year.
North Carolina Science Olympiad sponsors science competitions for students in three divisions. At Oakwood, we enter team(s) in all three divisions, Division A – grades 4 and 5, Division B – grades 6-8, and Division C – grades 9-12.
Students represent Oakwood in Science Olympiad regional tournaments each spring. Each rigorous academic interscholastic competition consists of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events in the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Competition continues at the state level for teams earning first or second place in Divisions B and C.
Middle School Math Club joins with Upper School Math Club to compete in on-campus and off-campus mathematics competitions at the local, regional, state, and potentially national level. The competitions we enter include MOEMS (Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School Students), MathCounts, Pam Pack Math Competition at Washington High School, and the ECU Math Competition. Our club members also compete in the AMC-8, 10, and 12 competitions and the Noetic Math Competitions as we compete in those as whole school events administered in our math classrooms.
Spelling Bee and Geography Bee are conducted at the school level each year for entry into the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the National Geographic Bee (Geo Bee). Our School Spelling Bee Champion advances to the Regional Spelling Bee conducted in Washington, North Carolina each March, with the winner advancing directly into the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Our School Geo Bee Champion takes an online test to determine entry into the State Geography Bee, with the winner advancing into the National Geographic Bee held annually in Washington, DC.
- Honor Council
- Student Government Association
- Mu Alpha Theta/Math Club
- Key Club
- Environmental Council
- Science Olympiad
- Girl Talk
- European Union Shakespeare Competition/Thespian Society
- Dog Training Club
- Beautification Club
- Hydroponics Club
- Model UN
- Roman Senate
- Newspaper Drewspaper
- Dance Club
- National Honor Society
- La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honor Society/Spanish Club)
- National Latin Honor Society
- Rho Kappa History Honor Society
- National Art Honor Society
- Tri-M Honor Society
- National Honor Society for Dance Arts
- International Ambassador’s Club
- International Thespian Society
Mrs. Jennifer Smith, Advisor
The Upper School Honor Council includes students and faculty who are committed to upholding shared values and expectations. Its intent is to develop among students a sense of responsibility for personal conduct and for the well-being of the larger community. The Honor Council determines consequences for violations of the code of student conduct. Elected students and appointed faculty serve on the Honor Council.
Ms. Robin Clapper, Advisor
Mu Alpha Theta is open to students who have completed at least two college preparatory math classes (Honors Geometry and Honors Algebra II). Students must have a at least a 90% in each math class they have taken. Students do not need to apply for this Honor Society, they are simply inducted if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
Students from each class elect representatives to the Environmental Council, which is responsible for working to help the environment, both at school and globally. Projects may include setting up a system for recycling and finding ways to reduce the school's use of electricity and paper. The students plan and implement all projects, which may be accomplished during the school day. The Council meets once a week.
Mrs. Elana Kepner, Advisor
This event is designed to help high school students develop their communications skills and appreciation of language and literature through study, interpretation, and performance of Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets. The winner of the Oakwood competition in the fall will advance to the regional competition in New Bern, NC.
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
The environmental education program consists of the annual North American Envirothon Competition in which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.
Ms. Erica Imbimbo and Ms. Molly Stevenson, Advisors
Students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations through simulation conferences. This year, interested Oakwood students prepared for 3 months to participate at the Duke Model UN Conference joining over 300 other students from the Southeast to debate and draft mock resolutions for world health, security, and human rights.
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
The Roman Senate is comprised of Latin students wishing to enhance their Latin experience by participating in a "law-making body" according to ancient Roman style. Meeting once a month, the Senate is entirely student-led and organized, and discusses business regarding the Latin department, such as Roman festivals, banquets, fund-raising, classroom activities and rules, and much more. Students are elected into their position, which are modeled on the ancient Cursus Honorum, by their peers at the beginning of each year. All Latin students are encouraged to participate in this valuable, first-hand learning experience.
Mrs. Emily Prokopowicz, Advisor
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.
Ms. Anna Lurito, Advisor
The SHH is dedicated to students who demonstrate a genuine interest in learning a foreign language. The GPA requirement for this honor society is an 87 overall average and an average of 90 in previous Spanish courses. Students who meet all other eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the fall of their Spanish III course and a committee will then evaluate their application and consider their admission into the society.
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
The National Latin Honor Society is offered by the National Junior Classics League in conjunction with the American Classics League and The Oakwood School. Eligibility for students in grades 9-12 is limited to those who have an "A" average in Latin and are in good standing with the NJCL, and exemplify good citizenship.
Ms. Molly Stevenson, Advisor
The Oakwood School’s History Department invites juniors and seniors to apply for membership in the Oakwood School’s chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. To be eligible, students must take a history department course each of their years at The Upper School, for all classes 9th grade and above possess an unweighted, minimum final average of A- (90%) in honors classes and B+(87%) in AP classes, and complete an application that clearly demonstrates their commitment and achievement to the discipline of social studies. The History Department faculty will review applications to determine which students have successfully demonstrated the criteria for admission.
Mrs. Alison Mossey, Advisor
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is open to students in grades 10-12 who are enrolled in chorus, band or strings class at The Oakwood School. Tri-M members must exhibit leadership, service, and character in their activities while at The Oakwood School and must have maintained at least an A in music with at least a B average grade or equivalent in other academic subjects. A minimum of 20 service points must be earned each year to keep membership in good standing.
In the fall of 2017, Oakwood chartered Troupe #8494 of the International Thespian Society. ITS is an honors society for high school theatre students with troupes at 4,200 schools worldwide. ITS recognizes the achievement of thespians through honors, scholarships, grants, and awards, provides leadership and service opportunities, and allows inducted students to develop into well-rounded theatre artists and people. Students earn points towards induction and honors by participating in the annual musical and other troupe and school activities.