Finding Their Purpose

Participation in clubs and special programs creates opportunities for our girls to explore and pursue their interests, further their learning and exposure to things that matter most to them, and begin to discover their purpose. In addition, new friendships across many grades are made, and connections with people and organizations outside of GPS give girls a chance to engage on a larger scale.

Middle School Clubs

Sample of Middle School Clubs:
  • 7th & 8th Grade Dance Club 
  • Cultural TV Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Relax & Refresh Club 
  • Harry Potter Club 
  • Game Club 
  • Music Club 
  • Walking Club
  • Therapeutic Coloring 
  • National Junior Art Honor Society 
  • Christian Forum 
  • Anime Club 
  • Science Olympiad
  • MS Kaleidoscope
  • Scratch Club
  • Computer Science Club
  • MS Model UN
  • 7th and 8th grade Peer Power

Upper School Clubs

List of 33 items.

  • Amnesty International

    This program seeks to unite the efforts of students, faculty, and staff for amnesty international (action against governments denying basic human rights). Students, grades 7-12, meet to learn about abuses through the media and a newsletter from amnesty international and to take action such as sending letters and petitions to offending governments and educating the GPS community about the abuses and ways to stop them.
  • Christian Forum

    We represent a community of believers who assemble together to worship, accept prayer and praise requests, participate in devotionals, or watch videos pertaining to bible verses or current issues.
     
  • Computer Science Club

    The CS Club is for anyone interested in computer science. The club explores areas of computer science beyond the classroom with activities such as building a computer, learning to code for the 3D printer, and learning to write apps. The CS Club will also host speakers on topics related to Women in Computing.

  • (CS)2 Computer Science Community Service Club

    This club encourages students to take their love and knowledge about Computer Science beyond their own learning and serve the community. There are two ways to participate: You can either work as a mentor in a GPS middle school Computer Science class during one period of each rotation or you can participate in our Saturday Outreach program that teaches coding to elementary students in the Chattanooga community. Club meetings vary based on the avenue you choose.
  • Creative Writing | Calliope

    In the fall, this club provides a safe but stimulating forum for students to share their original poetry or short fiction. Members will take inspiration from published works and “assignments” and will engage in workshops both during the club period. In the spring, club members will have the opportunity to edit, design, solicit work for, or contribute to Calliope, a school-wide literary magazine.
  • Culture Club

    Come travel the world through Culture Club! Each month we will visit a different country to learn about varied aspects of its culture from social constructs to culinary delights. If you're interested in learning the unique qualities of cultures around the world, this is the club for you!
  • Current Events

    Students interested in learning about and discussing major world events meet once a week to converse and put together a weekly presentation to present to the student body. The club also occasionally will host lunchtime learning sessions about relevant topics and issues open to interested individuals not participating as a club member.
  • Fashion Club

    FIDM Fashion Club members share ideas, learn about the latest trends and products and explore their interest in the fashion and beauty industries while participating in creative activities. Fashion Club gives individuals with creative minds and common interests a place to grow and develop talent.
  • Fellowship Of Christian Athletes

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is led by student athletes who desire to help strengthen the faith of others by leading devotionals and mentoring fellow Christians. 
  • Girl Scouts

    Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls-all girlswhere, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. Girl Scouts in Troop #007 at GPS work to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong valves, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential.
     
  • GLAD

    GLAD (the Glenwood Learning Adventure Days) is a tutoring program serving elementary-aged students in the Glenwood Neighborhood. Situated on the campus of New City Fellowship-Glenwood, GLAD gives GPS Students the chance to help children improve their math and reading skills. Currently GPS Students volunteer once weekly, traveling as a group to labor together simultaneously.
  • GPS Ambassadors

    The GPS Ambassadors are a selected group of girls in grades 9-12 who are most enthusiastic about GPS and assist the Advancement and Admission Offices with alumnae and admission events and give tours to prospective parents. 
  • GyPsieS

    This organization promotes spirit for all school activities including athletics, fine arts, academic recognition, and special events. Activities include “Spirit Days”, sign painting, Spirit assemblies, “Send offs” to post season competitions, and “Bruiser of the Week”. Girls in grades 10 -12 may join first semester with 9th graders joining second semester. Leaders are chosen from the group.
  • Habitat for Humanity

    A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Our 20+ year partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a joint program between GPS and McCallie. 
  • Health Club

    Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? Are you curious and want to learn about the human body? If so, this club is the perfect opportunity for you! Come and learn about different diseases, medical work opportunities, and hear from professionals who have experienced success in their careers.
     
  • JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society)

    JETS (the Junior Engineering Technical Society) gives students a taste of the engineering world. The club provides students the opportunity to tear equipment apart to see how it’s assembled and how it works; interact with guest speakers (often students and alumnae of our own institution); and compete against students from other schools in theTest of Engineering Aptitude in Math and Science(an annual nationwide event occurring in the late winter).
  • Junior American Citizens

    A service based club with a three-fold focus on patriotism, education, and historical preservation.
  • Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope is GPS's school yearbook. Girls in grades 9-12 can join the Kaleidoscope staff and participate in creating the official school record for the year. In addition, girls in grades 10-12 who have demonstrated proficiency and commitment to bringing excellence to the yearbook can be selected to serve as Editors. 
  • Library Club

    Do you think the library is the coolest place at GPS? Join the library club and help the library continue its role as one of the mainstays of the GPS experience. From shelving books to sharing decorating ideas, your assistance will be invaluable in helping the library continue to be an enjoyable place to do research, read a good book, and just hang out.
  • Math Club

    The math club meets throughout the year to prepare for upcoming local and regional contests. The girls enhance their mathematical abilities through additional problem solving and math bowl competition.
  • May Day Committee

    This selected group of seniors helps to organize and supervise all the myriad phases of May Day during spring semester. 
  • Mock Trial

    If you are a future attorney, puzzle solver, aspiring actresses or just someone who likes a good rerun of Law & Order, Mock Trial is for you. Each year,The Tennessee Bar Association provides a set of facts and the testimony, and students use that information to build a case, playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a March competition against area high schools. Students will gain exposure in public speaking and presentation and learn how attorneys structure cases. The spring competition takes place in Chattanooga Courtrooms with judges and attorneys presiding.
  • Model UN

    A club for those interested in learning more about diplomacy, international relations, or the United Nations. 
  • National Honor Art Society

    This group is open to girls in grades 10-12 who feel connected to the Visual Arts and would like to share their enthusiasm with the GPS and broader communities. Members focus on art academics, character, and service.
  • Outdoor Club

    The outdoor club is for girls interested in pursuing outdoor adventures, like climbing, hiking, kayaking and camping. No previous experience is required.
  • Peer Power

    This is a student-led mentorship club for 11th and 12th graders. In the fall, girls focus on what it means to be a mentor, and then, in the spring, girls develop mentorship relationships with 7th and 8th graders. Topics of discussion include the transition to high school, life as a GPS student, conflict resolution, and more! 
  • Science Olympiad

    Science Olympiad/Science Club is one organization that is divided into two areas of interest. Each area has its own student leadership and students may participate in one or both areas. The Science Olympiad Team focuses exclusively on preparing for and competing in the Science Olympiad. There is a B Division for grades 6-9 and a C Division for grades 9-12. Ninth graders may be on either team, but not both. Science Olympiad meets formally once a week, but team members work continuously throughout the year in preparation for the numerous events in the regional and state competitions held in February and April respectively. The Science Club is for anyone interested in science. The club explores areas of science outside the classroom with activities such as conducting experiments and demonstrations here at school, bringing in speakers, organizing Science Week and taking science demonstrations to local elementary schools.
  • Spectrum

    Interested students, grades 9-12, may apply to work on the school newspaper which publishes some six issues a year. Functions vary from reporting to doing photography and layouts. 
  • SWENext

    The Society of Women Engineers (youth chapter, will work directly with the Chattanooga chapter. The students in the club will participate in activities listed under the benefits below. The club will focus on the familiarization with engineer opportunities for women and community connections. We will discuss the continual News Feeds listed below the Benefit information and participate in the local events when time allows.
  • Tech Crew

    The Tech Crew has responsibility for manning assemblies and all GPS presentations. Crew will train on sound, light, and stagecraft equipment in the Frierson and Evans and be scheduled to support events throughout the year. Crew will have scheduled meetings and trainings at the beginning of the year and activity period production meetings as called for specific events.
  • TED-Ed

    The TED-Ed club is sponsored through the TED organization and meets every Friday during Activity Period and works on both public speaking and presentation skills as learned through TED Talks. Each club member creates a TED Talk of their own about one of their passions and by the end of the year the club votes on the best talks to showcase in their official TED-Ed Event.
  • The Bowettes

    If you love GPS gifts, gear, and goodies and want to be involved in running our campus store, this is the club for you! Members will be involved in all the facets of running the store: ordering, taking inventory, working the register, restocking, and more!
  • Video Club

    The video club will teach and/or refine basic videography and editing skills while producing original content. Videos produced by the club could be posted on GPS’s in-house video channel, Bruiser TV. Videos produced by the club could include: Student-Written and Student-Produced Short Films, Video Elements to be Used by the Development Office & Communications Department, and Video Elements to be Used as Part of Students’ Digital Portfolios. We would also be active in the live
    streaming of various GPS events.

Special Programs

Winterim

Creating educational videos, exploring the workings of state government, traveling to NYC, learning archery skills, or appreciating the natural world in day hikes, GPS students and faculty enjoy “continuing education” during a one-week Winterim program, a break from regular classes.

Regular GPS classes stop in early February for on-campus courses or trips out of town. The Winterim program is designed by faculty eager to teach more than the required academic courses. An English teacher/poet may offer a class in creative writing; a science teacher may lead an exploration of DNA and disease; a community volunteer may encourage service at a local non-profit; or a drama teacher may chaperone a trip to NYC for amateur actors.

With ever-changing Winterim offerings each year, students enjoy opportunities to explore a variety of topics, just not on the traditional classroom schedule!

Outdoor Program

The GPS Outdoor Program is based on the belief that an important part of a young woman’s education involves getting outdoors and appreciating the natural world. The program offers adventure-based experiences to encourage a student’s development of leadership, initiative, and sense of community. Kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered.

Courses are offered to novice, intermediate and even the experienced enthusiast on weekends, afternoons, or during school breaks. The activities for both Middle and Upper School students are carefully planned and supervised by experienced staff.
"It is an incalculable added pleasure to anyone's sum of happiness if he or she grows to know even slightly or imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder book of nature." —Theodore Roosevelt

Tucker River Fellows

At the retirement of former longtime headmaster Randy Tucker, the GPS Board of Trustees and friends of the school joined together to honor his tenure with the establishment of the Tucker Fellows Program, a two-year student study of the Tennessee River. The mission of the program, which began in the summer before the 2014-15 school year, is to prepare future leaders to have an effect on the conservation of the Tennessee River.  

Fellows, selected prior to their freshman year, spend part of the summer and following academic year engaged in interdisciplinary scholarship and experiential learning about the many issues impacting their local watershed as well as learning about the historical, ecological, political, economic and aesthetic significance of the Tennessee River.  

During the second year in the program, fellows focus on leadership skills while continuing to learn about the river and watershed. They read and discuss the works of current and historic environmental thinkers. They choose a focus and work with local experts, scientific literature, and policy to become more knowledgeable about their chosen topic. They then collect, analyze, and publish data.

Throughout the program, fellows become familiar with the various entities that implement, enforce, and monitor watershed policy. By the end of the program, fellows propose solutions to watershed problems and become lifelong advocates for clean, healthy watersheds in the Chattanooga area and beyond.  

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