Art Club offers all upper school students an opportunity to be involved in a variety of artistic experiences. These may include service projects, painting murals, field trips or guest speakers. Its goal is to raise the artistic awareness of the Westchester community.
Blue Key Club
A selection committee through a thorough process (which includes a review of the student’s school involvement and academic record) chooses members of this honored Upper School organization after nomination by a faculty member or administrator. Once selected, the students serve as ambassadors for the school in a wide variety of roles, such as assisting the Admissions Director in open house activities, conducting tours of the campus, and escorting prospective students during school visits. They also assist the school counselor by serving as peer mentors and peer counselors. These highly motivated and active students personify the school’s philosophy and diligently maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Members of this club serve as support staff for all theatrical productions at Westchester Academy. They provide lighting and sound, serve as stage managers and assistant directors, and take care of all other details necessary for a successful production.
This group initiates and coordinates school wide projects such as making bird feeders and bird houses for the campus as well as participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program of North Carolina. The club meets at least once a month and more often if an upcoming event dictates. All areas of science are considered. Various field trips educate and sometimes entertain students.
The Honor Council is comprised of ten voting members- two faculty members and eight students- and the Upper School Head, who serves "ex officio." Each year student representatives will be selected as follows: two seniors, elected as juniors to serve two-year terms, two seniors and two sophomores will be elected to serve one-year terms, and two juniors will be elected to serve two-year terms. The Honor Council hears and judges matters involving the school’s Honor Code.
In conjunction with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the WCDS Mock Trial team learns how to try civil and criminal cases. Members learn to make opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross-examine witnesses and enter documents, and testify as a witness. Our team competes against other schools in late winter. The team is given the opportunity to compete at District, State, and National levels.
National Forensic League/Debate Club
This club focuses on Lincoln-Douglas Values Debate, which is individual debate rather than team. The resolutions are determined at the national level and changed every two months. A debater needs to be prepared to argue both sides of a resolution because at tournaments he or she will often draw for side. The competitions are by district during the year, with state finals in the spring and then nationals. Debate is a superb tool for teaching argument, logic, and public speaking. Many of our congressmen, presidents, and judges were high school and college debaters. There are also seven individual speech events that are also part of competition if students are interested. They range from humorous interpretation to original oratory.
National Honor Society
Students selected by a faculty council for this prestigious organization meet high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. The N.H.S. ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students.
Quill and Scroll
Quill and Scroll is the international journalistic honor society for students who have high academic achievements as well as achievements in journalism and the published arts.
SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving)
This organization was founded by Westchester Students as a vehicle for educating their peers about the perils of driving drunk. We design and implement an ongoing series of activities to help students and their friends understand the difficult task of staying safe and sober behind the wheel; among them are role-playing, alcohol-free social activities, school-wide workshops, and outreach programs for young students.
The Upper School Science Club will consist of hands-on classroom and outdoor experiences to help students learn and experience more about the following five areas:
- Aquatic ecology
- Current environmental issues
The Club will meet for one hour once a week from 3:15 to 4:15. The goal of the Club will be to prepare for an academic competition called the Envirothon. It challenges and engages students to think critically about the natural world and their role in it. The members will be divided up into teams of no more than 5 students per team and they will prepare to compete in the spring at both the Regional and State Competitions.
Spanish and French Clubs
The Spanish and French Clubs expose members of the club and the Westchester community to the various French and Spanish influences in our lives. Speakers are occasionally invited to speak to the students. Each club plans numerous school wide activities such as International Day, special breakfasts, and other activities, which recognize Westchester’s diverse student body and offer students a chance to learn more about the language they are studying. Families are adopted for Christmas and club members volunteer their translation skills for various community organizations.
Student government officers and class representatives are elected in May and serve their terms the following school year. Members of student government plan, organize, and implement numerous events and programs at school and in the community. Student government is a vital link between the faculty and students and frequently works with WAPA on many fundraisers and projects.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
Tri-M is a national Honor Society dedicated to recognizing music students for their accomplishments and service. Our Tri-M chapter provides strength and cohesion in the music department. Student selections are made based on their enrollment in a school sponsored music ensemble, their academic average and their own personal character and cooperative spirit. All music students in Grades 10 – 12 are possible candidates.
The Chamber Singers ensemble is made up of highly auditioned female and male singers, grades 10-12. Singers auditioning for Chamber Singers need to have excellent music reading skills and advanced vocal technique. The repertoire includes Renaissance Madrigals, Sacred Baroque and Classical octavos, secular folk songs, vocal jazz and Broadway. The group has performed in the East Room of the White House and in multiple competitions, receiving superior ratings. Member of this group have also participated in choral trips to Florida, Virginia, New York, England, France, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Wales, and Ireland.
The Vocal Ensemble is a performance group made up of non-auditioned singers. The group sings music from Bach to Broadway in the school and at community events. They develop simple music skills including music reading, sight-singing, proper vocal pedagogy, singing in four part mixed harmony, a cappella singing, singing in a foreign language and proper stage etiquette. The Ensemble takes an annual spring choral tour. Past destinations have been Orlando, Florida, Williamsburg, VA, New York City, England, France, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Wales and Ireland.
Yearbook is an elective which produces a published book each year. Students learn to work with deadlines and all elements of production, such as copy, photography, and design techniques. Students are involved in all stages of creating a yearbook, including ad and yearbook sales.
Girls’ Volleyball (Middle School & Varsity)
Girls’ Tennis (Varsity)
Boys’ Soccer (Middle School & Varsity)
Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country (Varsity)
- Girls’ Basketball (Middle School & Varsity)
- Boys’ Basketball (Middle School, Junior Varsity & Varsity)
- Cheerleading (Middle School & Varsity)
- Girls’ and Boys’ Swimming (Varsity)
- Girls’ Soccer (MS and Varsity)
- Boys’ Tennis (Varsity)
- Girls’ and Boys’ Golf (Middle School & Varsity)
- Boys’ Baseball (Middle School & Varsity)
- Girls’ and Boys’ Track