Student Experience

Clubs + Student Organizations

Clubs + Student Organizations

Finding Their Purpose

From cooking to coding to current events, participation in clubs creates opportunities for GPS 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. 

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  • + Middle School Clubs

    • Art Club
    • Ball Club
    • Book Club
    • Card Sharks
    • Christian Forum
    • Dance Club 
    • Environmental Club
    • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
    • Games Club
    • Girls Who Code
    • Improv Club
    • Kindness Club
    • MBD Girlpreneur Club
    • Music Masterclass Club
    • River Girls
    • Sidewalk Chalk Club
    • Shark Tank
    • Sudoku Club

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  • + Upper School Clubs

    • Amnesty International
    • BIPOC Student Union (BSU)
    • Calliope
    • Christian Forum
    • Computer Science (CS) Club
    • Entrepreneurship Club
    • Environmental Club
    • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
    • Gender Sexuality Forum (GSF)
    • Girl Scouts
    • Health Club
    • Information Technology (IT) Club
    • Junior State of America (JSA)
    • Kaleidoscope (Staff)
    • Le Club Français (French Club)
    • Mock Trial
    • Model UN
    • Outdoor Club
    • Science Club
    • Society of Women Engineers, Next Generation (SWE-Next)
    • Spectrum
    • Tech Crew
    • Test Prep
    • Upper School Dance Ensemble
    • Video Club
“GPS has so much to offer. Don't be afraid to try a club or an after-school activity totally outside your comfort zone. Try a sport for fun, work backstage for a theater production, try an instrument, take a dance class. You don't have to be good at something to have fun and learn from it!”
—Catherine Hitchings Plating ’10

Leading By Example

In addition to middle and upper school clubs, GPS offers girls a chance to represent their class as members of various student organizations. With leadership opportunities and decision-making potential, girls are tasked with listening, learning, and choosing what is best for their peers and the GPS community as a whole.

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  • + Bluebell Honor Society

    The Bluebell Honor Society honors girls in grades 9-12 who have demonstrated a high participation in community service.
  • + Class Leadership Council (CLC)

    Working closely with their class dean, students in each grade are elected to be responsible for planning and leading class events and activities. Selections are made in the spring, and those chosen coordinate activities for the upcoming year.
  • + G-Force

    G-Force is all about S-C-H-O-O-L S-P-I-R-I-T! This group is responsible for fostering that spirit by celebrating Bruisers in sport, drama, arts, and beyond!
  • + GPS Ambassadors

    GPS Ambassadors have a passion for GPS and willingness to assist the Advancement Office with alumnae and admission events as well as school tours to prospective parents and students.
  • + Honor Council

    Honor Council members encourage a successful honor system, counsel girls who may have violated the honor system, and help them re-establish honorable character. They also help to instill a sense of pride and integrity in others. Girls from all classes may participate.
  • + Honors Orchestra

    The GPS Honors Orchestra is open to all students who want to study classical symphonic music. Selection is by audition.
  • + Kaleidoscope (Editors)

    The school yearbook has selected editorial staff members from grades 10-12 who have demonstrated proficiency and commitment to bringing excellence to the yearbook. The editors run the regular club meetings during one activity period a week, manage the staff working on pages in their section, and edit all pages of their section.
  • + May Day Committee

    This selected group of juniors and seniors helps to organize and supervise the many phases of May Day (during spring semester). Girls apply for the May Day Committee the spring of junior and/or senior year and are selected based upon academics, conduct, and attendance. 

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  • + National Honor Society (NHS)

    National Honor Society recognizes high school students who provide evidence of strong scholarship, service, leadership, and character.  Applications are available to juniors and seniors on class MyGPS pages in early fall and are subject to approval by a faculty committee. Applications require students to discuss their scholarship, leadership, service and character and to provide references to support these qualities. Membership in the Duffy-Jarnigan Chapter requires that applicants and current members hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 (from at least two semesters at GPS) and have no major disciplinary infractions within one year of applying and while members. Inductions occur in October of each year. This honor society does not schedule regular meetings, but officers may call meetings for specific projects. All members are required to participate in the chapter service project, typically on-campus tutoring. Any girl who has been convicted by the Honor Council or served any in-school suspension for a major disciplinary infraction is not eligible for membership in the National Honor Society during the following year.
  • + Partnerships in the Community (PIC)

    Each class elects two representatives who organize and identify community service opportunities. The primary objective of Partnerships in the Community is to prepare GPS students to be the most engaged members and leaders of our current and future communities.
  • + Société Honoraire de Français

    Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), the GPS chapter of the Société Honoraire de Français (French National Honor Society) seeks to recognize outstanding scholarship in the study of French language and francophone cultures.  Students of French who meet the selection criteria are invited by the French faculty to join the society, and are then inducted at an annual ceremony.
  • + Spanish National Honor Society

    Spanish National Honor Society is an academic honor society focused on Spanish language excellence in secondary education and promotes a continuity of interest in Spanish studies. Its motto is "¡Todos a una!" ("All Together for One Goal"). Each society member must have taken three semesters of Spanish before being eligible to apply. Acceptance into the society is contingent on high academic achievement in each course of Spanish studied. Members will explore cultural topics, converse in Spanish, and provide opportunities to share the language and Hispanic heritage with the school and community.
  • + Student Council (StuCo)

    Student Council representatives provide leadership in an array of services to their fellow classmates, including social functions and enforcement of discipline, as well as serving as spokespersons for the student body.
  • + Terpsichord

    This performing modern dance company is open to grades 10-12 by audition only. Auditions are held at the end of every year. Exceptions may be made for incoming students who have a history of dance and have been given an audition by the dance department faculty.
  • + Tucker River Fellows

    The mission of the Tucker River Fellows program at Girls Preparatory School (GPS) is to prepare future leaders to understand and have an impact on the conservation of the Tennessee River. Throughout the program, fellows will engage in interdisciplinary scholarship and experiential learning. Fellows are selected prior to their freshman year and will spend part of the summer and following academic year engaged in 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.
"93% of girls' school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school."
—The Girls' School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools