Clubs and activities

At University School, learning extends beyond classtime as students engage in a variety of clubs and activities. Students are able to choose membership in groups that best meet their interest and goals. Younger students simulate space missions, start businesses, or learn how to code while high school boys can handle investment portfolios, participate in mock trials, or produce the school newspaper. Our experienced faculty and staff oversee the 66 clubs and activities.

Upper School (Grades 9-12)

List of 35 frequently asked questions.

  • Academic Challenge

    Students participate in interscholastic competitions in academic subjects ranging from history, science and math to arts and literature.
  • Anderson Scholars Program

    The Anderson Scholars Program enables students to pursue a passion with structure, rigor and depth. Scholars concentrate in science or entrepreneurship.
  • Aurelian Society

    Students assist with the identification, promotion and coordination of various community engagement opportunities in the Greater Cleveland area.
  • Book Club

    Students choose a book to read and meet quarterly for dinner and discussion.
  • Cadmean Society

    Students help at events such as athletic contests, plays and open houses and often provide leadership for school-wide service projects.
  • Davey Fellowships in Creative Writing

    Davey Fellowships enable boys of special literary promise to undertake extensive projects in fiction, drama and poetry writing.
  • Entrepreneur Cup

    Participants in the Entrepreneur Cup competition develop an idea for a new business and create a plan to launch and build it. Students do not actually have to launch a business to enter or win the friendly competition.
     

  • Film Society

    The film society promotes interest in film as a medium, meeting most Fridays after school to watch movies.
  • Financial Literacy Club

    The Financial Literacy Club is open to any student interested in learning about different aspects of financial literacy including personal finance and investing. Topics are chosen based on members’ areas of interest. Students learn through guest speakers, group discussion and other resources.
  • Great Lakes Sailing Adventure

    Students on this summer trip will experience a nineteenth-century maritime environment that makes living on board the U.S. Brig Niagara an education in itself.
  • Investment Club

    Students actively participate in a simulated stock market competition, investing virtual money in the real stock market.
  • The Island School

    Science Anderson Scholars candidates in tenth grade can snorkel, kayak, perform research and more in Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas during spring break.
  • Life Act

    Students raise awareness of adolescent depression and suicide by educating their peers and encouraging at-risk students to seek help.
  • LoPresti Philanthropic Board

    Students learn the institutional skills necessary for philanthropy, raise funds for their philanthropic goals, and solicit grants to help those in need. The emphasis is on helping underserved children in the Greater Cleveland area, with an emphasis on education.


  • Mabian Yearbook

    Students produce the school yearbook, which has been published every year since 1919.
  • Mock Trial

    Students in Mock Trial practice for and participate in this statewide organization that helps students learn about the United States trial system.
  • Multicultural Organization (MCO)

    The MCO is an umbrella organization that promotes interest in and provides information about the diverse cultures represented in our school.
  • Outdoor Projects

    Students work on a nature trail, a full-fledged fish hatchery, a trout farm, a maple-syrup industry or several foresting and erosion control projects.
  • The Record

    The Record showcases students’ creative writing and original artwork.
  • Robotics Team

    Boys will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge, where they design, build, and program their robot in a 10-week build period to compete in an alliance format against other teams.
  • Rocketry Club

    Boys compete in TARC, a national rocketry contest sponsored by major AeroSpace firms to promote engineering and science career paths. Students also will work on their own rocketry projects throughout the year.
  • Science Olympiad

    Science Olympiad promotes interest in science through participation in local and state-wide competition.
  • Ski Club

    US boys are joined by girls from Hathaway Brown and Laurel Schools to ski at Boston Mills every Friday in January and February.
  • Speech and Debate

    Members of Speech and Debate develop their oratorical and analytical skills and compete against students from other schools.
  • Stock Market Challenge

    Student teams receive a virtual $100,000 and simulate managing a portfolio by buying and selling stocks at real-time prices.
  • Strnad Fellowships

    Strnad Fellowships include yearlong projects of significant original research that are presented to the student body at the end of the senior year.
  • Student Discipline Committee

    Elected representatives from every class advise the administration on disciplinary matters and help educate the student body on the school’s Code of Conduct.
  • Student Event Committee

    A selected group of 10th-12th grade students who help plan and execute all of the school’s student events, including the Homecoming Dance, a winter performance show, and Prom.
  • Student Investment Committee

    A select group of students review and consider new investments for a portion of the University School investment portfolio.
  • Theatre

    The Theatre Department presents a fall play in November and a spring musical in May. Accommodations are made for athletes and local high school girls to participate.
  • US News

    Students produce the US News, the oldest school newspaper in Ohio, which is published online once a month.
  • US Pitch Cup

    US Pitch Cup participants formulate a business idea, produce a 60-90 second elevator pitch video, and submit it online. The competition culminates with a live presentation before a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to the top three pitches.
  • University Sports Programming Network (USPN)

    An online streaming platform for sports games allows students to produce, direct and serve as on-air commentators for US athletic contests.
  • Young Entrepreneur Institute

    Students discover and explore their passion for business through a wide range of activities.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

List of 21 frequently asked questions.

Lower School (Grades K-5)

List of 18 frequently asked questions.

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES K-8
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216.831.2200
University School serves 870 boys in grades K-12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.