Academic Clubs

Our Academic Clubs offer students the opportunity to purse their academic interests outside of the typical classroom setting.  From our Academic Team to Physics to Phantom TV, these clubs provide students a greater understanding and appreciation for different disciplines.

Academic Team

The Academic Team competes in fast-paced knowledge tournaments in local matches against teams in the Chester County league.  During competitions, teams answer questions in categories including American and world history, science, literature, current events, geography, fine arts, and more. The top team from Chester County advances to the state championships, held every spring on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate and broadcast statewide. Phoenixville Area High School will field both JV and varsity teams in this year’s competition and expects to distinguish itself in this prestigious competition. The Pennsylvania Academic Competition annually awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to championship teams.
Advisor: Mr. Sprenkle

Air Force JROTC

Advisors: Lt. Col. Baldi and Sgt. Knight

Astronomy Club

The Astronomy Club is for students interested in observational astronomy. We have two meetings per month during 9th period to discuss celestial events and specific topics of interest. The club also arranges 2-3 Star Night events in both the fall and the spring. During the Star Night events, we utilize our two telescopes to view the night sky on the upper turf. Students will learn how to use telescopes with and without tracking devices to observe features of the night sky. We also have at least one field trip to the Mather Planetarium at West Chester University. If you are interested in joining, please see Mr. Bankes in room J-13.

Advisor: Mr. Bankes

Chester County Futures

Chester County Futures: Open Enrollment for 9th grade: The Chester County Futures Passport to College program is an academic enrichment program for high school students in Oxford, Phoenixville, Kennett, and Coatesville Area High Schools. Chester County Futures equips and empowers our students for academic and career success through after-school classes, real-world learning opportunities, and increased access to technology. We enroll for this program in the 9th grade and the once a week meetings are virtual at this time.

After-School Academic Enrichment Classes. Passport to College offers weekly academic enrichment classes conveniently held (virtually) in area high schools. It is our one-to-one academic advisory sessions between students and staff that creates a relationship of trust and encouragement and enables our students to remain focused on their goals. Our curriculum includes activities and discussions on relevant, grade-appropriate topics, such as study skills, financial literacy, communication and collaboration, SAT prep, college selection and application, Mentor Matching, FAFSA support, and career exploration.

Real World Learning Opportunities. Students experience a wide variety of learning opportunities that not only develop life and career skills, but also adds value in the competitive college application process. We offer learning opportunities, such as: corporate site visits and workshops, community volunteerism projects, Futures College and Career Expo, and college tours and workshops.

Increased Access to Technology. To support our students’ academic success, the following is provided:
• Refurbished laptops for high school juniors and seniors
• New Laptops for college freshman
• Other necessary tools, such as USB drives and calculators

More information and to apply on their website. : https://
Interested in applying? Any questions or help with application?  Contact Program Advocate: Mary Williams 610-850-3068 [email protected]

Destinations with Direction

DWD is a program designed to increase awareness and motivate high potential, economically disadvantaged students to pursue opportunities in higher education. The 30 students selected for DWD annually receive additional supports including extended school days, counseling, college mentors, tutors, weekly workshops and college tours. Additionally, school personnel establish relationships with the appropriate college level officials to help match student needs with resources and services available to assist them on this journey. By giving the students these additional supports, they will become empowered to pursue a college education. This effort will make our students believe in the importance of a college education and give them the confidence to know they have a realistic chance at becoming college graduates. DWD is advised by Mr. Madyun and Mrs. Lewis. The club meets Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.

Advisors: Mrs. Lewis and Mr. Madyun

Debate Team

[email protected]

French Club (Cercle Francophone)

Le Cercle Francophone is a club run by PAHS SHF (Société Honoraire de Français) which promotes cultural diversity and understanding. The club is open to all PAHS students who are interested in learning about other cultures, specifically the cultures of the French-Speaking world. Meetings are generally held once a month and after school.

Advisor: Madame Gasbara

French Honor Society

La Société Honoraire de Français is a national organization that recognizes outstanding scholarship in the study of the French language. The PAHS chapter invites highly motivated students of French to apply for membership. The chapter focuses activities around the French language, and the cultures of the French-speaking world. Students demonstrate citizenship through service projects and gain other benefits such as participation in the annual writing contest as well as apply for the annual travel grants. Furthermore, officers develop their leadership skills through organizing and running the year’s events and French Club (Cercle Francophone). Members receive an official certificate from the organization and wear a tri-colored cord at graduation.

Advisor: Madame Gasbara

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Future Business Leaders of America is an academic club that prepares students for careers in and outside of business. It teaches networking, interview skills and puts an emphasis on community service. FBLA is the largest student organization in the country and the largest club at PAHS with over 100 members. 

Advisors: Mrs. Wilbert & Ms. Goodwin

Junior Classical League/Latin Club

Stephen Colbert knows Latin and so should you! Also known as the Latin Club, this organization focuses on the ancient Latin language and Greco-Roman culture to anyone interested in the Classics.  One doesn’t have to be a Latin student to join the group.  The club holds many Roman-style activities, including the celebration of the winter holiday of Saturnalia, the screening of classically-inspired films, a Roman banquet, and Rome’s birthday in April. The club also strives each year to involve students in the Philadelphia Classical Society’s Latin Week Competition.
Advisor: Ms. Quinn

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is a club dedicated to expanding students’ minds beyond the community. Students meet once a week to discuss, debate and resolve world issues ranging from Europe’s increase in Muslim immigrants as a result of the Arab Spring, to ways to eliminate racism from the English Premier League soccer organization. The club is modeled after the real world United Nations and gives students the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a delegate. Throughout the year, we will travel across the country to compete, debate and grow with some of the most talented minds from across the world. See Mr. Winters in E-4 or Ms. Waltz in J-1 for more information.

Advisors: Ms. Waltz and Mr. Winters

National Honor Society 

NHS The National Honor Society serves to honor those students who demonstrate scholarship, leadership, service, and character in both the school and community. Students in good standing with at least a 3.5 GPA are invited to submit their credentials for membership.
Advisor: Mr. Winters

Phantom TV

Phantom TV is an exciting opportunity to learn about Audio/Video Production while working hands on with some of the same technologies and equipment you'll find in major Television Studios. In addition to producing the Morning News Program you've seen every day when you start school, you'll also be involved with making other shows that air on Phantom TV Channel 28 and are watched by people throughout the Phoenixville Community. From documentaries to sporting events, commercials to interviews, from single camera shoots to large productions making use of our Television Production Truck, students are incredibly hands-on with all of our equipment all through pre-production, production, and post-production. Whether you're interested in being on air talent, or one of the many people behind the scenes making all the TV magic happen, Phantom TV has something for you! Extra academic credit is available! Stop by the TV Studio to find out more. Mr. Motzer and Mr. Carucci are the advisors.

Advisors  Mr. Motzer & Mr. Carucci

Physics Olympics

The PAHS Physics Olympics team will be competing with schools around the country to try to earn spots on the US team for IYPT, an international competition that will be held in Poland this year.  The first two projects the club will be working involve understanding Newton’s Cradle and how drums work.  This is physics-research intensive, so physics knowledge is required.  Mr. Jennings (E-15) is the advisor.

Advisor: Mr. Jennings

Reading Olympics

The Reading Olympics Club is often described fondly by our members as “competitive book club.” The purpose of the club is to unite students who enjoy reading for pleasure and discussing books with peers. A countywide list of books, covering a wide variety of genres, is chosen every year and serves as the basis for the club’s reading activities. Students will work in teams to prepare for a fun countywide competition held in Chester County every spring that brings together Reading Olympics teams from area high schools.

Advisor: Mrs. Bicker

Science Club

The goal of the Science Club is to bring people together that enjoy Science, inquiry and different ways of thinking. The first project of the Science Club is to host and ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR.  This includes planning the Science Fair and offering assistance to our youngest Scientists.

The club provides the opportunity to compete against like minded students for scholarship, recognition and academic and opportunities. This year the club will be competing in the SCIENCE OLYMPIAD in February.

The club will also go on several Science related FIELD TRIPS.

Advisor: Mr. Winters

Technology Students Association

The Technology Student Association (TSA) fosters Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education through personal growth, leadership and opportunities in Technology, Innovation, Design and Engineering (TIDE).  Middle and high school members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts for the challenges of a dynamic world through co-curricular activities, problem solving, competitive events and related programs resulting in academic development and endless possibilities in our global society.

Mr. Leinhauser

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