When it comes to Darlington’s extracurricular clubs and activities, the sky is the limit. Students may participate in a variety of academic clubs, athletic teams, fine arts groups and other organizations. Meeting times range from once a month to daily after school, depending on the activity. At the Middle School, we encourage students to be involved in at least three extracurricular activities during the school year.
Book Club is made up of students in grades 7-8 who meet every other week at lunchtime to talk about books, reading, and whatever else is going on in their lives. It's a great reading experience, but also a social experience. Students who have not spent much time together before often find that they have common interests. The books are selected and voted on by the students, ensuring that Book Club is enjoyable and enriching for everyone. Students may choose to read library print copies of the books or borrow one of the library Nooks. Currently, Book Club is divided into a girls' group and a boys' group that meet during separate lunch periods.
This optional activity is offered to students in grades 5-8 twice a week from August through mid-January. Participants are introduced to engineering concepts through robotics using Lego Mindstorms NXT hardware and software. The team also participates in competitive events like the First Lego League.
Darlington has partnered with Lotus Fencing Academy in Atlanta to offer fencing to Middle and Upper School students after school. The Olympic-caliber instructors will teach both epee and foil fencing. This club meets Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information on Lotus Fencing, visit www.lotusfencing.com
National Junior Honor Society
Any current seventh-grader (or eighth-grader who is new to Darlington) with an overall average of 90 or above and who demonstrates the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, service, honor and citizenship is encouraged to apply for membership into the National Junior Honor Society. Members are expected to set a good example for fellow students and to assist those in need of academic assistance.
Elected by faculty members, the Peer Helpers are a group of well-respected eighth-graders who lead by example. These students serve as student leaders and reach out to peers who may be struggling. Responsibilities include collecting recyclables, working on the outdoor classroom, and organizing fun events and community service projects for the student body.
Tiger Council is made up of an Executive Board of Officers (including a president, vice president and treasurer/scribe) as well as a representative assembly that includes one representative from each advisee group. These individuals act as a collective voice for the Middle School student body in matters ranging from student/parent involvement to servant leadership. Most positions are appointed through a combination of application and faculty nomination. All members, regardless of position, are expected lead by example in both academics and behavior.
Darlington fields Middle School teams in 11 sports each for boys and girls.
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Competition Cheerleading
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
Middle School students are encouraged to give back to their community through a variety of community service opportunities throughout the school year. These activities include recycling; annual events for the Rebecca Blaylock Child Development Center, Angel Express and the Boys & Girls Club; food, clothing, and toy drives; and the sponsorship of other community organizations and activities.
Chorus is an enrichment activity offered to students in grades 5-8. This class meets four days a week during regular school hours. Daily activities focus on the individual and group development of sight reading skills, musicianship and vocal technique. During the course of the year, students learn a variety of choral pieces to be performed at school and community functions, seasonal concerts, and competitions.
Students enrolled in Orchestra are divided between Concert Band (wind and percussion) and String Ensemble. Students with no previous experience may enroll in Instrumental Methods, which is geared toward beginners and advanced students who want extra practice time beyond Orchestra. All instrumental groups have the opportunity to perform at school and community functions throughout the year, including at seasonal concerts and competitions.
Middle School Jazz Band is an extracurricular ensemble that meets twice a week after school. It is open to all woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard and string players (including guitar and bass guitar). Students are introduced to swing, Latin, rock, funk and pop music, performing a collection of special arrangements specifically tailored to middle school jazz ensembles. The Jazz Band performs several times throughout the school year and travels to one festival in the spring.