Clubs and Activities

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):

    Academic Clubs

    Homework Club - Homework Club will be offered this year for all students in Middle School (Grades 5 – 8), Monday through Thursday. Often it is much more convenient for families to have assignments, test reviews, and projects completed immediately after school, thus freeing up time for additional activities or relaxation. Beginning in September, students who are interested in this service only need to arrive in the English classroom by 3:30 p.m. MS students may stay after for 30, 60 or 90 minutes any day at a cost of $5.00 per half hour. Parents will be billed every two weeks. Homework Club will not be offered on Fridays. Mrs. Rogers, Middle School English, will supervise the work being completed and offer support when necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rogers or Dr. Tyler, Head of School.

    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 held 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 but there are opportunities to attend the competition at Penn State Behrend, and the final competition in Hershey, PA. among other venues.

    Performing Arts

    Erie Philharmonic - Toddlers, Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students received instruction in music and movement through Melany Myers and Sara Oliver with the Erie Philharmonic this year. Visitations from Philharmonic performers and Grammy Nominee Tessa Lark were among the many performances enjoyed as beneficiaries of a year-long grant with the Erie Philharmonic.

    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.

    Young Artists Debut Orchestra (YADO) - Students in Grades 1 - 8 interested in playing violin, viola or cello are invited to contact Ms. Sally Santone with the Young Artist's Debut Orchestra (YADO). Private and small group lessons will occur after-school on Mondays and Fridays.

    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.

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

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

    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 7-8. 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 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

    NJHS-brochure

    Clubs

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

    Book Club
    Debate/Model United Nations Club;
    Science Club
    Reading Club
    Math Counts Club
    Entrepreneur Club
    Ensemble Club; and
    A Stroke of the Pen Literary Magazine