Extracurricular clubs

All students are encouraged to join at least one club or organization to meet, lead, and learn from others.

Middle School Robotics

Robotics is as popular as it is fun. Even better, students of the club develop critical thinking and team building skills, basic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) applications and presentations skills. Starting in August each year, over 3,000 teams compete in 88 countries in regional and international First Lego League events. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem, and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.

Teams start working in August, and compete at the regional level in November, at the state level (if qualified) in January and at the national level in March.  Once competition is complete, students meet to further their engineering and programming skills to prepare for the next season.

High School Robotics

ASA Robotics is as close to real-world engineering as a student can get and combines the excitement of competition with collegiate-level rigor in science and technology. Structured within a fun framework, students will raise funds, design a “brand,” hone teamwork skills, build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded scholars. Robotics instill a joy of learning. Survey indicates more than 88% have a greater interest in doing well in school, and 92% are more interested in attending college.

ALL talents and skill levels are welcome and needed, technical or non-technical. Creativity and innovation are just as valuable as mechanics and programming.

Cross Country

Cross Country (XC) is ASA’s official sports team and is open to all students! XC fosters a love of running and develops a strong sense of team as athletes support each other in accomplishing personal goals. Long-distance running benefits students physically, mentally and connects them with like-minded athletes, building friendships that will last throughout their ASA career. Cross Country season “runs” from August to Thanksgiving Break.

Mu Theta Alpha – High School

Mu Alpha Theta is the National Honor Society for mathematics. The club’s mission is to cultivate an interest in and exploration of mathematics and provides public recognition of superior mathematical scholarship and mathematical achievements.  It is co-sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

The National High School and Junior College Mathematics Club, Mu Alpha Theta, was formed in 1957 to engender keener interest in mathematics, to develop sound scholarship in the subject and promote enjoyment of mathematics among high school and two-year college students.

National Honor Society (NHS)

Members of the National Honor Society chapter at Arizona School for the Arts engage in service to the school and community throughout the year. NHS sponsors the Fall High School Dance, twice yearly Blood Drives, the Santa Bob Gift Drive, the annual Fashion Show to benefit Free Arts of Arizona, and other events that give back to the community. Ideas for new service opportunities are always welcome from members.

NHS Eligibility and Applications

ASA students become eligible for National Honor Society membership after the end of sophomore year. A cumulative GPA of 3.7o is required (unweighted). Letters inviting students to apply for membership are distributed in late August and applications are typically due back within a week to ten days. Acceptance is based on student demonstration of the four pillars of NHS membership: Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service.

While Induction takes place just once each year, in April, students accepted into NHS are full members as of the date of acceptance. Requirements to remain in good standing include maintaining a 3.70 GPA, documenting at least ten community service hours each semester, and fully participating in NHS meetings and activities. Questions regarding NHS may be directed to Mr. Jeff Steinert at steinert@goasa.org.

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial program is an opportunity for students to learn about the law and the legal system from practicing attorneys; for teachers to work closely with attorneys to reinforce legal concepts in the classroom; and for attorneys to share their expertise about the law and their legal skills.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To give students a better understanding of the legal system – from the rules of evidence to proper court decorum.
  • Increase awareness of the importance of law in a democratic society and strengthen the understanding of fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution.
  • To promote increased confidence, poise, oral skills, critical thinking skills and teamwork skills.

Student Government (StuGo)

ASA Student Government (StuGo) organizes events and school-wide activities to promote school spirit and culture. The activities that StuGo organizes are: socials, assemblies, fundraisings, and community services.

Model United Nations (Model UN)

Model United Nations (MUN) engages in simulations of the United Nations where students become diplomats representing various countries. Students receive first-hand experience with the complex processes of international relations.  Participation in MUN conferences (two per year) enables students to broaden their understanding of the United Nations system and its intercultural dialogue. Students to meet and collaborate with peers from other schools.

ASA graduates often report back that MUN training in research, writing, rhetoric, and negotiations helped them after high school both academically and professionally.

Student Advisory Council (StuAC)

The Student Advisory Council (StuAC) comprises of 7th through 12th grade students led by a leadership board elected from StuAC members. It is a good way for students to get involved with the policies and procedures of ASA. StuAC meets weekly to discuss student concerns and advise faculty and administration. Issues range from facilities inquiries, proposals for changes to the ASA Student Code of Conduct, community-building efforts, and material support for student activities.  StuAC also prepares and presents reports to the ASA Board of Directors. StuAC also plans and executes the semi-annual All School Picnic, which brings all grade levels together for activities, games, and music during an extended lunch.

All these clubs are supported by the AZ Public School Tax Credit, please donate here:

Tax Credit Donation