While scholarship is and must always be the primary aim of a college preparatory education, such qualities as dependability, loyalty, initiative, leadership and cooperation are integral attributes of a truly educated man. Moreover, special abilities and talents, if developed, are important and useful assets to the student and the common good.
At St. Charles, the accent is on involvement. While the academic program emphasizes a broad experience of the fundamental disciplines, co-curricular offerings encourage and develop the individual talents and interests of students. Co-curricular activities cover a wide spectrum of activities and organizations and more than two-thirds of the student body participates in one.
Through their involvement with various organizations, students find both the challenge and the pleasure of working with others so that the St. Charles student leaves high school a well-rounded man.
Groups students can participate in include:
Welcome to our “newest” group, the Chess Club, which has been revitalized this 2016-2017 school year. Students meet twice a week throughout the year after school and interact with the club moderator in a variety of activities designed to improve their chess skills including tactical problem solving/puzzles, discussing strategy while playing against a computer, mastering the basic endgame positions through repetitive practice, and watching videos of famous games with grandmaster commentary (as well as the recent world championship match streamed live from NYC).
Half of the club time is devoted to playing 15 minute timed games against other players or the moderator. There is also time for fun blitz games or team “bughouse” chess. In fact, a team from St. Charles won the scholastic bughouse tournament at the Arnold Classic in 2017. The top players are USCF-rated and routinely play in the Open section of city scholastic tournaments. Our biggest win in 2016-2017 was capturing the State of Ohio 9th grade championship in Newark. The team is looking for more talented players to help us to become the best overall high school team in Ohio, but anyone can join the club who knows how to play chess and desires to improve their game. Tournament participation is not required.
The Student Council is made up of elected representatives from the student body who serve as a liaison between faculty and students and plan charitable, cultural, social and athletic programs and activities for the school.
St. Charles Band Program: Includes a Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble
The St. Charles Theater Program: Produces three performances each year.
The Carolian is the official school newspaper, written and edited by the students, and is designed to further an interest in writing, self-expression and intercommunication.
The Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society is made up of students selected for their scholarship, leadership, character and service to the school and community. Its members have in the past been involved in a number of community service projects and activities that support the CROP Walk, Light the Night Walk to support the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and J.O.I.N. (Joint Organization for Inner-city Needs).
The St. Charles Engineering Teams have received numerous accolades and are nationally-recognized. Successes include a 2009 National Championship and several state championships.
The St. Charles Robotics Team was established in the fall of 2011. Its mission is to develop and promote the science, engineering, and technology skills of our students, thus inspiring these young people to be science and technology leaders. In addition to promoting technological skills and innovation, we foster personal skills, such as self-confidence, communication and leadership. In a world where technology continues to advance at an ever-increasing rate, the experience gained, coupled with the skills developed, will prove invaluable to these students as they pursue both technical and non-technical careers
–CardinalBots web site: www.stcharlesrobotics.com
-FIRST Robotics web site: firstinspires.com
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) – The St. Charles Mentoring Program
St. Charles is expanding its impact on the local community and engaging its students in service through mentorship, tutoring and sustained personal support of economically disadvantaged students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Through a combination of cross-age peer mentoring and adult mentor support, the MBK Mentoring Program will work with 30 students from Columbus Collegiate Academy – Main St (CCA). CCA is an exemplary charter school who excels at closing the education gap for poor and working class families. Below you will find how this program has evolved and the structure and partnerships that will make this program a success. St. Charles students will be matched with a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student from Columbus Collegiate Academy. The MBK Mentoring Model starts with “cross-age peer mentoring” which is a proven approach to the mentoring of at-risk middle school students. Cross-age peer mentoring refers to programs in which an older youth (SC 9th-12th grade mentor) is matched with a younger student (CCA 6th-8th grade mentee). The “cross-age” gap allows for effective role modeling and positions the mentor as a wiser and older individual. In addition to this peer mentoring, St. Charles is receiving great support from corporate partners: American Electric Power, Battelle Memorial Institute, Corna-Kokosing, Fifth Third Bank, and Huntington. Each of these partners has committed to provide Adult Mentors who will engage the St. Charles and Columbus Collegiate students in deeper reflections on virtues and character traits required in a professional context.
Cardinals for Life, Dignity and Justice is a pro-life and social justice organization According to its mission statement, that, according to its mission statement, exists: “To uphold a consistent fabric of life from birth to death and all affronts to human dignity in between; To hold true to the teachings of the Catholic Church in regard to the respect for all life; To aid those afflicted by whatever is opposed to life itself and whatever insults human dignity (Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II, no.27); To create a society of understanding in matters that scar our already mutilated society.” The organization works to educate others through awareness activities, spirituality through prayer, and service and charity through the organization’s many fundraisers.
The St. Charles In the Know Academic Quiz Team is an award-winning and nationally recognized team that competes on the televised high school quiz programs and at national competitions.
The Environmental Club is involved with activities such as the Fall Campus Cleanup, Alum Creek clean-ups, and running the school’s recycling program. The club has made possible the placement of an Abitibi Dumpster at St. Charles for the recycling of paper products.
The Ultimate Frisbee Club
The JAM (Just A Minute) Club: Teaches students public speaking.
The Ski Club gives students the opportunity to take part in ski trips during the winter under faculty supervision.