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Clubs and Activities

Every student explores a wide range of extracurricular activities, from arts to sports, from debating to journalism. Because exploring is a vital part of growing. We encourage students to try new things, so that they can discover who they really want to be.

ZIS Lower School student working on a light circuit

Lower School

The Lower School co-curricular program is open to students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 and activities are included in the tuition fees.
 

The program offers activities, athletics (competitive and non-competitive), leadership opportunities, as well as private mother tongue language clubs.
 

The Program is run over three seasons - fall, winter and spring.
 

To allow for a greater focus on age/developmentally-appropriate activities, students in:
 

  • Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 can choose two activities each season, the second being a German activity
  • Grade 4 can choose two activities each season
  • Grade 5 can choose up to three activities each season, the third one being an all year long "Leadership opportunity" activity
  • Private mother tongue language clubs are counted as an additional activity.
     

There are opportunities for parents to view activities on offer and register their children online prior to each season. Dates to register will be communicated through My ZIS Weekly News in the Community Portal. 

Lower School Activities

Middle School

Middle School students ascending up the ZIS climbing wall

The Middle School has an extensive co-curricular program, based around student clubs, recreational and competitive athletics, and the performing arts.


Some activities take place during the school day and/or after school, while others require participation in a one-time event. Some activities are offered by season and others for the whole academic year.

 

  • In addition to competitive sports teams there is a range of recreational sports activities including rugby, swimming, soccer, basketball, snowboarding, fitness training and tennis.
     
  • Students register directly with the coach or activity leader at a sign up event which is held for each season.

Middle School Activities

Upper School

Upper School students in a row in their kayaks on Lake Zurich

The Upper School has an extensive co-curricular program based around student clubs, service learning, academics, athletics, and the performing arts. Some activities take place during the school day and/or after school, while others require participation in a one-time event. Some activities are offered by season and others for the whole academic year.

 

  • In addition to competitive sports teams there is a range of recreational sports activities including soccer, basketball, snowboarding, fitness training and tennis.
     
  • Students register directly with the coach or activity leader at a sign up event held for each season.

Upper School Activities

 

 


 

 

 

Lower School Co-Curricular Program

Lower School ATAC season
 

  • Fall season (10 weeks)
  • Winter Season (12 weeks)
  • Spring season (10 weeks)

The Lower School season dates vary slightly due to a different registration process at the Middle and Upper School, where students register themselves in Advisories.

Registration

Registration takes place shortly before the start of each season and the registration times are communicated to parents via MyZIS Weekly News.

Parents login to PowerSchool to view activities on offer and register online.

(To see activities on offer and how to register, please log into Power School and follow instructions.)

Activities

Imagination quest
Maths fun and games
Robotics, drones and programming
Science club
Shutterbugs photography
STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths)
First Lego League Jr.
Programming
Story workshop
Art makers and shakers
Cooking
Chess club
Jewelry club
Lego creation
Open drama
Drama, Musical
Origami
Sewing
Into the woods
... and more

Athletics (non-competitive)

Basketball
Cross Country
Cycling
Diversity Dance
ZIS Dance troupe
Fencing
Gymnastics
Martial Arts
North American Sports
Rock Climbing
Soccer
Swimming
Table Tennis
Track & Field
Unihockey
Ultimate Frisbee
Yoga

Leadership Opportunities

There are challenging leadership opportunities, and opportunities to represent the school, through:

  • Student Council
  • Mathquest
  • Model United Nations
  • National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)
  • Eco-schools and the ZIS Sports Leaders program.

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a competitive athletics program at the Lower School for older students in:

  • basketball
  • cross-country running
  • downhill ski racing
  • gymnastics 
  • soccer 
  • swimming
  • track and field

Selection is an integral part of competitive sport. Please read the

Selection philosophy for competitive sports

Competitive Athletics

Mother Tongue Language Clubs (private)

 

In addition to our wide range of after school activities there are also a range of private language clubs.

Mother tongue language groups provide an opportunity for students to maintain the competency in their own home language.

There are clubs for the following languages:

  • Swedish
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Hindi
  • German
  • Chinese / Mandarin

 


 

 

 

Middle School Co-Curricular Program

Activities

Art Club
F1 in Schools
First Aid and Life Saving
Geocaching Club
History Bee
Guitar Club
Jazz Band
Making Comics
Math Club
Middle School Musical
Model United Nations
Mother Tongue French
SAGA Lunch Club
Team Ghana
Middle School Musical

Recreational Athletics

Climbing
Kayaking
Recreational Badminton
Recreational Swimming
Recreational Tennis
Strength and Conditioning

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a full competitive athletics program.
 

  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys and Girls Tennis
  • Boys and Girls Cross Country Running 
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Downhill Skiing 
  • Boys and Girls Swimming
  • Competitive Gymnastics
  • Boys and Girls Track and Field
  • Girls Softball
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys and Girls Golf
  • Boys Rugby

Competitive athletics program

 


 

 

 

Upper School Co-Curricular Program

Academics

Art Club
CISCO Programming
Climbing
Creative Writing Club
Critical Thinking Club
Debate Club
Design Club/ Makerspace Club
Discourse Forum
Equality Now
History Club
Kayak Club
Live Streaming Club
Magic Club
Model United Nations- Hague/Rome /Basel/Oxford
Programming Club 
Psyche Club
Red Cross
Robotics
SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Awareness)
Science Club
Student Newspaper (The Lion's Journal)
SYPT (Swiss Young Physicist Tournament) Club
Tech Club
TED EX
Yearbook Club

Service Learning

Amnesty International
Animal Awareness (WWF)
Barefoot Foundation
Cancer Research Club
Endangered Lions Club
Just One Africa
Habitat for Humanity
MSF (Doctors without borders)
National Honor Society
Nepal 
Operation Smile
Phoenix Speranta
Project Green
Student Council
Team Ghana
ZIS Cares

Performing Arts

Honor Music Groups
Lion’s Jazz Band
Music Academy (Private lessons)
Upper School Musical - Performers/Backstage/Orchestra

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a full competitive athletics program.
 

  • Varsity Soccer Boys
  • Junior Varsity Soccer Boys
  • Varsity Soccer Girls
  • Junior Varsity Soccer Girls
  • Varsity Volleyball Girls
  • Junior Varsity Volleyball Girls
  • Varsity Rugby Boys
  • Junior Varsity Rugby Boys
  • Cross Country Running (Coed)
  • Varsity Basketball Boys
  • Junior Varsity Basketball Boys
  • Varsity Basketball Girls
  • Junior Varsity Basketball Girls
  • Cross Country Skiing (Coed)
  • Downhill Skiing (Coed)
  • Swimming (Coed)
  • Varsity Track
  • Junior Varsity Track
  • Varsity Tennis (Coed)
  • Junior Varsity Tennis (Coed)
  • Varsity Softball Girls
  • Varsity Golf (Coed)
  • Junior Varsity Golf (Coed)

Competitive athletics program