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.
French Club meets once a month to enjoy French food, games, movies and other activities, including an annual French Immersion Day, the International Fair, visits to French restaurants, and cultural activities sponsored by the Alliance Francaise of Atlanta.
Georgia Junior Academy of Science
The Georgia Junior Academy of Science (Science Club) welcomes students interested in the sciences. Meetings are held about once a month in Room K-11/12. We sponsor activities such as Halloween in the Chemistry Lab, Spring Science Show (for fourth-graders), at least one Saturday field trip and Science Bowl. Outstanding members are eligible for induction into Gamma Chi Epsilon Science Honor Society during the winter of their senior year. Dues are $10, payable one time only.
Members of the Math Team compete locally at Berry College and in the Atlanta area. They also participate in monthly National Math League contests and at the annual State Math Competition.
This student-led club engages students with a passion for Hispanic culture in festival reenactments, movies, and other activities once a month during club time and several other times a month before and after school. Spanish Club students also help at the International Fair, collaborating with students from the Hispanic world who study at Darlington.
Darlington students produce three publications, Jabberwokk (yearbook), The Inkslinger (literary magazine) and The Darlingtonian (online news), which are members of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Georgia Scholastic Press Association, and National Scholastic Press Association. The publications program furnishes valuable media for student expression as well as the opportunity to exercise literary, artistic, photographic, video, business, and graphic design talents. Students use programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign on a computer network; DSLR cameras; and Wordpress to produce media. Sophomores, juniors and seniors excelling in student publications can be nominated for Quill & Scroll, the international honor society for high school journalists. Student Publications meets Monday through Thursday after school upstairs in the library until 5 p.m.
Coosa International Tennis Academy
Coosa International Tennis Academy (CITA) is the competitive training program of Rome’s Coosa Country Club. Directed by a former Dominican Republic Davis Cup player who now serves as high performance head professional at Coosa, CITA is a year-round tennis program for intermediate to advanced resident students that emphasizes high-level tournament play and collegiate exposure.
Darlington School Soccer Academy
Darlington School Soccer Academy develops aspiring collegiate athletes for the athletic and academic rigors of Division I, II and III undergraduate programs. Instructed by nationally licensed coaches, the Soccer Academy operates year-round as a U.S. Club Soccer team and competes in club friendlies, college showcases, national and international tournaments, and collegiate-level scrimmages.
Darlington fields varsity teams in 12 sports each for boys and girls. Junior varsity teams are also available for most sports. Darlington’s teams are perennially competitive and have won sub-region, region and state championships.
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
Because Darlington competes in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), no new student except a first-year ninth-grader or one whose parents have moved their residence to Rome is eligible for varsity competition; and under the Ninth Semester Rule, no student who has completed eight semesters (four years) of high school is eligible. First-year students may file for hardship with GHSA and, if approved, will become eligible to participate. Many first-year students, however, compete on junior varsity teams that play regular schedules.
Darlington’s rowers compete as a club team at a variety of events throughout the Southeast, including the Head of the Hooch, the second largest regatta in the nation and the largest in the Southeast. Rowing is open to boys and girls of all experience levels. Four- and eight-man boats are fielded in competitions throughout the year.
Varsity “D” Club
Varsity letter winners are appointed membership in the “D” Club, which recognizes athletic ability and leadership. The “D” Club’s aims to instill and maintain the proper school spirit among its members and members of the student body; to promote good sportsmanship; and to set a standard by daily example in resoluteness, physical and moral cleanliness, and overall courteous and sportsmanlike conduct.
In addition to courses in Chorale and Concert Choir, Darlington has two specialized, audition-only vocal ensembles for boys and girls, The Random Notes and The Darlingtones. All vocal groups have the opportunity to perform at school and community functions throughout the year, including at seasonal concerts, competitions and alumni events around the country.
The Darlington Diamonds is a spirited group of energetic girls who share their love for the school through dance. This group performs at football games, basketball games, pep rallies and other campus events. Routines incorporate a variety of dance styles, including ballet, yoga, Pilates and hip hop, to name a few. The Darlington Diamonds meet Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Huffman Athletic Center.
The Darlington Players
The Darlington Players put on three theatrical productions each year, including an all-school winter musical involving students from all three divisions. Plays range from classic to contemporary drama, comedy and musicals. Casting for the fall production begins the first day of school; other auditions are announced well in advance. Rehearsal time is scheduled after school, though rehearsals usually last longer than one hour and additional night rehearsals should be expected.
Students enrolled in Wind Ensemble or Orchestra may choose from a variety of additional instrumental ensemble opportunities, including Chamber Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Instrumental Choirs, Jazz Combo, Stadium Band, Drum Line, Piano Society and String Ensemble. All instrumental groups have the opportunity to perform at school and community functions throughout the year, including at seasonal concerts and competitions. The instrumental department also offers a unique opportunity for the more focused student, the Instrumental Music Conservatory. By providing an academic-conservatory experience for young musicians, Darlington seeks to train, educate, assist and prepare members for the competitive scholarship process in the nation’s most prestigious music schools, regardless of major or career path.
Darlington’s Set Crew is responsible for the sets and props for each Darlington Players production. Members may also help with costumes and work in the light and sound booths during productions. Many of Darlington’s art and drama students have used set designs as part of their portfolios for continuing education. Those with experience in construction, lights and sound are especially encouraged to join.
The Advancement Ambassadors is a group of student volunteers who give their time at evening phonathon and thank-a-thon events from January through April. Students assist the Advancement Office and, at the same time, become more adept at listening and speaking on the phone, skills needed to survive in today’s fast-paced world.
Often referred to as the "Bookend Society" by students. Activities include reading and discussing great books, eating delicious snacks, watching movies and crafting.
Chess Club meets every Wednesday and is a great place for students to play or learn how to play chess. Some students may prefer to simply sit down and compete against one another. Other students will have an opportunity to learn the different tactics and strategies that make chess so interesting. Chess offers many skills that actually help students become more successful in the classroom. We want to be not only a club but a community. Join us whenever you can!
The Environmental Awareness Club encourages students to become more involved and more aware of environmental issues both locally and internationally. Activities have included the campus recycling program, charity drives and T-shirt sales.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets twice a month for fellowship, Bible study and refreshments. In addition, members also host cookouts, parties, rallies and holiday events.
IMPACT International is a group of open-minded students, who, through debate, community action and effective campus involvement, share with our community the importance of unity, regardless of a person’s race, creed, gender, socioeconomic background or sexual orientation. IMPACT stands for Inspiring Minds to Promote Awareness of Cultures Together. This organization is also focused on supporting and helping international students as they transition to life at Darlington.
This club gets students involved in the outdoors and nurtures respect for the environment. Under the guidance of the Winshape Wilderness organization, students learn about orienteering, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and more. They complete 3-week units focusing on specific skills and each session culminates in a trip geared toward using those skills.
The Young Democrats is an organization comprised of politically aware students who support the goals and values of the Democratic Party. The group meets to discuss social, economic and political issues that affect the world today in hopes of sparking an interest in government that will last a lifetime.
The Young Republicans is an organization comprised of politically aware students who support the goals and values of the Republican Party. The group meets to discuss social, economic and political issues that affect the world today in hopes of sparking an interest in government that will last a lifetime.