Student Groups & Clubs
Engaged and connected students thrive at Jackson Academy. We offer many academic organizations, clubs, and activities for students to participate in, and new organizations and clubs can be formed based on students’ interests.
Click below to explore some of the current groups and clubs available to JA students.
JA’s Book Club gives students in grades nine through twelve the opportunity to meet and discuss books with their peers in an informal setting. The students also collect children’s books to take to an after-school care center to read and distribute to younger students who do not have access to books.
The Chess Club allows students the opportunity to show off their intellectual prowess and to hone their strategic planning skills. The Chess Club is always looking for new members. All ages are welcome to come and learn to play!
In the Cooking Club, students learn cooking techniques to use well beyond their time at JA. All skill levels are welcome. Cooking Club members acquire new skills, meet new people, and enjoy tasty food.
Ducks Unlimited Chapter
The Ducks Unlimited Chapter allows students to appreciate nature a little more, improve social skills, and make connections for their future. The Ducks Unlimited Chapter strives to help improve conservation and wetlands. Each member has a specific role within the chapter. The chapter also helps students develop leadership and take on responsibility that is not normally granted to them.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The goal of FCA at JA is “to present to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”
Habitat for Humanity
The Habitat for Humanity Club is made up of students from grades nine through twelve who want to make a difference in others’ lives. Club members strive to help the Jackson Habitat for Humanity organization in any way possible. From sweeping to painting to entertaining, club members put their best effort forward with any project they are given.
Harry Potter/Quiddich Club
Harry Potter Club is open to all Upper School students who have interest in developing their knowledge and enjoyment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Members are sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw. Houses participate in feasts, quiz bowl tournaments, movie nights, and quidditch matches. Multiple quidditch matches take place throughout the year, culminating in a final tournament to determine the quidditch champions.
JA Film Society
The JA Film Society welcomes students with an interest in watching and discussing good movies. Society members vote on a theme or genre for each semester. Teachers then curate film selections that are fun, relevant, and historically or aesthetically interesting. Join us for discussions and movie nights throughout the semester.
Outdoor Club is an organization for students who enjoy nature and adventurous activities. Membership is open to all Upper School students. Activities include camping, day hiking, backpacking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, and other outdoor activities. Trips are organized for weekends during the school year, and a summer trip is offered each year. Devotionals are held every morning and evening during trips and focus on strengthening faith and appreciation for God’s world.
The JA Paintball Club organizes two to three JA-only events each year at Action Pursuit Games in Canton. The events typically last for the better part of the day, and lunch is included. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Dennis Conklin. For pricing, check out the Action Pursuit website. We hope to see you out there.
The Pre-Med society is an organization that provides students an opportunity to view the medical profession by touring hospitals, attending surgeries, and hearing speakers from the medical field.
The Interact Club encourages students to engage in service to the school, community, and religious organizations. The Upper School uses the MobileServe app to record service hours.
Speech and Debate
Speech and Debate allows students to develop their public speaking, critical thinking, and performance abilities by competing in tournaments and practicing in front of peers. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in law, politics, or acting is highly encouraged to join.
Students Against Destructive Decisions
The SADD chapter of JA exists to help students avoid the dangers of drinking and driving and has since expanded to deal with underage drinking, drug usage, bullying and a plethora of other destructive decisions.
Ultimate Frisbee Club
The Ultimate Frisbee Club was founded in 2016. Its members participate in one to two practices a week, while playing in about three tournaments during the spring. The Ultimate Frisbee Club is a great way to get involved at JA and is an avenue to participate in friendly competition with other high schools around the state.
Chi Alpha Mu
A national organization for students with high achievement in mathematics and interest in the field as a career. Open to Middle School students who meet academic requirements.
Cum Laude Society
Chapter of the national, selective, and prestigious academic organization. Criteria for membership are based on performance of national standards, including the PSAT and ACT, as well as maintaining an exceptional GPA, and on performance within a rigorous curriculum of honors and AP courses.
Mu Alpha Theta
National mathematics honor society recognizing outstanding achievement in math. Standards of admission are set by Mu Alpha Theta and Jackson Academy.
National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society
Organizations that recognize students with high achievement in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Standards of admission are set by the National Honor Society and Jackson Academy. Once inducted, a student must maintain the standards that were used as the basis for his/her selection, as well as participate in a yearly chapter service project.
The French Club is open to anyone in grades nine through twelve who is interested in learning more about the French language and culture. We have many members who don’t even take French. Our goals are education, service, and fun!
Latin Club is the local branch of the state and national Junior Classical League. Prospective members must be enrolled in or have completed at least one year of language studies in Latin. Each January the Roman Banquet, which is attended by students dressed in togas and other Roman attire, is the highlight of the year. The club also participates in the JA Carnival, Raider Night, Club Fair, and in the state JCL Convention. In April, the group celebrates Rome’s birthday.
Spanish Club membership is available to all students who are current or former members of a Spanish class. In addition to selling tacos at the JA Carnival, the club hosts parties to celebrate la Navidad, Cinco de Mayo, and other Hispanic holidays. For many years, the club has sponsored an Ecuadorian family, sending a contribution each month. The Spanish Club invites guests to present programs and participates in various service projects.