We offer an abundance of enrichment programs and opportunities including more than 35 leadership, academic and special interest organizations. Click on the topics below to learn more.
The Ambassadors Club promotes friendship, service, and school spirit as the “face of Keith” in the school community. Members volunteer at various admission functions throughout the school year, conduct shadow visits, and act as hosts at school events. The Ambassadors Club is open to Middle and Upper School students.
Each fall Keith fifth and eighth graders head off with their faculty advisors for team building, leadership training and outdoor education at Camp Timber-lee. This experience offers a wide variety of activities for students to be exposed to hands-on learning in the outdoors. Zip lines, camping, climbing towers, archery, boating and much more are all part of the experience.
Ceramics Club gives current or aspiring potters an opportunity to practice their art under the guidance of renown Raku artist, Robert Sunday. In addition to pottery, the club also works on sculptures and other ways to work with clay as an art form.
The Chess Club meets weekly to learn the game of chess and challenge each other to improve skills and strategy. You will often times find a student playing against a teacher during Chess Club meetings. While the competition can become fierce, the Chess Club appreciates new members who who want to play a game that is easy to learn, but difficult to master.
French Club is open to any Keith Middle or Upper School student who is currently enrolled in a French class, or would like to learn more about France and other Francophone countries. Meetings are held on Fridays after school, and students share French food and watch French-speaking videos and films.
Keith School’s board game club brings students together to play modern board/card games. The games played emphasize strategy, cooperation, and many other skills that are notably absent from most traditional board games.
Interact Clubs are sponsored by Rotary Clubs as a program of Rotary International. The name was created by combining the words “international” and “action.” It fosters leadership and responsible citizenship and promotes international understanding and peace. Rotary Clubs provide guidance and inspiration, but the Interact Clubs are self-governing and self-supporting.
Middle School Student Government
This elected group of class representatives meets weekly to organize middle school social opportunities such as dances, rec nights, fundraisers, open gym nights, off campus social events and team building projects. There are two “Middle School Class Representative” positions open for each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The offices of Treasurer and Secretary are open to 7th and 8th graders and the offices of President and Vice President are open to 8th graders. Middle School Student Government is a fun leadership and character-building organization.
Ping Pong Club
The Ping Pong Club is a fun Friday activity for students to hang out after school and play ping pong on the third floor of the Middle and Upper school building. This activity is open to all students.
The Keith Middle School Robotics Club is open to 5th through 8th grade students and is focused around competing in the Illinois and National FIRST LEGO LEAGUE competitions. FIRST LEGO LEAGUE’S motto is ‘Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork’. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, long term space exploration, etc., 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.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.
Tri-M Music Society
Tri-M is an Upper and Middle school music honor society. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. The Keith chapter, run by the students but supervised by an advisor, is one of 4,500 participating in several countries.
Washington D.C. Trip
This trip is offered every other year to 7th and 8th grade students. Students spend four days in the Washington D.C. area seeing exciting places like the Smithsonian, the White House, Gettysburg, Arlington National Cemetery, Fort McHenry, the Spy Museum, National Monuments, the National Archives, and dozens more sites during this action-packed trip.
The Middle School organizes and runs school-wide “mock” elections during election years. All middle schoolers are welcome to participate and help organize the election, create the voter awareness assembly, “register” student voters, work the election booths, and give speeches for political candidates.