With a variety of clubs and activities from which to choose, APU offers every student opportunities to be involved in school life outside the classroom. Because of the wide array of choices, most students participate in multiple activities.
Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged, because in addition to promoting collaboration, it enables students to develop talents that may not find expression in the classroom. Extracurricular activities often require collaboration between students, rendering the process of involvement as important as the finished product.
Because APU is a small school with a cohesive community, many students have the opportunity to assume a leadership role in a club or activity by the time they graduate. Each activity is assigned a faculty advisor; however, as students move up in the school, they are given more responsibility for organization of their clubs. By High School, students assume the primary responsibility for leadership under the supervision of the Student Affairs Director. Club offerings vary from year to year depending on student interest; not all of the clubs listed will be active in a given year.
Clubs at APU
Boys and Girl Scouts
APU offers Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for students in Grades 1 to 12. Scouting is a fantastic program which allows students to work on gaining skills in areas of interest.
Future Business Leaders of Vietnam
The Future Business Leaders of Vietnam club was created to gather like minded individuals in a group setting to develop leadership and business skills. It is catered to individuals who want to be successful global leaders in business. The activities are designed to hone soft skills, provide global current event information, spur intense discussion and improve soft skills, presentation and speaking skills. Occasionally, there are speeches by executives in the global community in various topics.
Chess Club is advised by an advanced player and is open to all interested Middle & High School students, regardless of their level of experience. Chess club meetings occur daily and involve instruction and student-to-student play.
The science club hosts experiments, filed trips, and projects for members to experience and participate in.
APU’s Student Council is a group of students elected by their peers. The Student Council greatly benefits the entire student body and APU. Students bring new energy and ideas to the program and being involved helps students become effective leaders and life-long learners. Student Council members give the student body a voice and being involved in student leadership provides opportunities for students to learn skills that can be transferable to the workplace, university, and community.
The Student Council plans school wide events for all students to enjoy, as well as community service events, and fundraising activities. Students will get hands-on experience working in groups and taking on leadership roles. In each grade, there is a President and Vice President as well as a Class Representative in the upper grades. Each group of students is responsible to making sure their specific grade is incorporated in all school functions. Through team work and dedication, the Student Council be able to accomplish many great things this year!
The purpose of the math club is to participate in math competitions and to educate the APU community about current math issues.
The music club brings experienced and aspiring APU musicians together for individual and group instruction in musical instruments. Instrumental music teachers adapt lessons to each student’s ability and age, building on what they learned in their music classes. Violin, guitar, flute and piano lessons are available. Members practice and perform for other students or for outside audiences, possibly joining competitions or festivals.
The yearbook club is made up students from the junior and senior classes each year as well as photographers from Grades 9–12. Students learn the mechanics of page layout, selling advertisements, and producing original artwork and photography. Participation on the yearbook staff provides valuable experience in the mechanics of producing a major publication and fosters an understanding of what it means to work as a responsible and committed member of a group.
The book club provides a forum for APU students to share their book and reading interests. Members trade, borrow and recommend books amongst each other. Members also discuss books that theyhave read and arrange book fair visitations.
The senior prom is possibly the biggest event in a students life, closing the chapter of one part of their life. It’s a great celebration, but as fun as the event is, someone has to organize it. The prom committee prepares the logistics, fundraising and promotion of the senior prom.
Literary Magazine Club
Literary Magazine Club, which published a bi-monthly newsletter, is a showcase for the literary and visual work of APU students in the Middle and High School.