Activities and Clubs

Erie Day School provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities for all of our students. Activities occur before school, after school, and on the weekend. Some of the many benefits for students include:

  • learning time management and prioritizing;
  • getting involved in diverse interests;
  • learning about long-term commitments;
  • raising self-esteem; and
  • building solid relationship skills.

Current extracurricular activities (note that registration fees or hourly costs may apply):


    Civics Bee

    Spelling Bee

    Geography Bee

    First Lego League Robotics Team - Students in Grades 4 - 8 are able to participate in the FLL Robotics Team after school. The Team has a regional competition at Penn State Erie - The Behrend College.

    Mandarin - Students in Grades PK - 8 are able to take Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Mandarin classes on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday after-school each week with Ms. Beverly McCall.

    Math Counts - Middle School students are able to participate in Math Counts with Mr. Kevin Silakowski. Math Counts is a competition focusing on problem-solving skills and positive attitudes towards math, so students embrace challenges and expand their academic and career opportunities in the future.

    Model United Nations/Debate - Middle School students are solicited to participate in Model UN/Debate with Mr. Brian Gutowski in the fall. The group meets as a Friday club during school hours, and there are opportunities to attend the competition at Penn State Behrend, and the final competition in Hershey, PA. among other venues.

    Performing Arts

    EDS Playhouse - Mrs. Cherie Lachowski organizes and directs the Erie Day School Playhouse each year. Past musical performances include Madagascar, Jr., Elf, Jr., and Mulan, Jr.

    Piano - Students in PK - Grade 8 interested in learning to play the piano may contact Mrs. Cherie Lachowski. Mrs. Lachowski and Mr. Jeffrey Myers offer private lessons one day each week after school.

    Violin and Viola - Students interested in learning to play the Violin & Viola may contact Mrs. Sunny Saunders. Mrs. Saunders offers private lessons each week after school.

    Guitar - Students in Grades 2 - 8 desiring to learn guitar may contact Mrs. Golba to inquire about her lessons before school this year.

    Instrumentals - Students interested in learning an instrument may contact Dr. Karen Tyler.

    Music and Movement - Early Childhood students are offered music and movement classes under the direction of Mrs. Amy Griffith.

    Service Groups

    Student Council- Erie Day School's Student Council helps share students' ideas, interests and concerns with faculty and staff. Students help raise funds for community projects, helping others in need. Grades 5 through 8 are eligible to participate.

    National Junior Honor Society - The Georgiana Fust Patterson Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is supported within Erie Day School’s Middle School setting among students in Grades 6-8. A Faculty Advisor and Faculty Council formalize the Society, while an elected student president, vice president, and secretary lead the membership. Criteria for NJHS admission is based on the Chapter Requirements as determined by the EDS Faculty Council. See the NJHS brochure below.

    In addition to Erie Day School's Student Council and National Junior Honor Society, many service projects are completed in individual classrooms of all grades. The following organizations have benefited from EDS service hours and/or donations:

    American Cancer Society
    American Red Cross
    Bethany Outreach Center
    Cleveland Zoo Wolf Project
    Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Kids Café
    Erie City Mission
    Humane Society of NW PA
    Mercy Center for Women
    Shriners Hospital Children


    National Junior Arts Honor Society - The National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) is a program of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) specifically for students in grades 6-8. NJAHS is designed to magnify the innovation, skill, and scholarship that visual arts programs and students bring to their school and community. The purpose of NJAHS is to foster excellence and a dedicated spirit in the pursuit of art, to enhance and further the creative talents of its members and the entire school community, and to collaborate with peers to develop an awareness to embrace the value of visual arts and design.

    Students who become members are eligible for a variety of awards and scholarships, plan and attend field trips and are encouraged to participate in a variety of student art competitions and exhibitions. For those students in higher grades, portfolio development and independent study as a journey towards high school is available.

    NJAHS Information for Parents & Students


    Erie Day School offers a variety of clubs in the Middle School each year. A sampling includes:

    Book Club
    Debate/Model United Nations Club
    Science Club
    Math Counts
    Ensemble Club
    Yearbook Club
    Technology Club
    Athletic Club