The New York Harbor School offers many water and non-water afterschool activities.
Clubs and sports change both yearly and seasonally. Not all are offered every semester. Students should listen to 2nd period announcements regarding the information fair and sign up, which generally happens in late September and late January.
Clubs meet after school unless otherwise noted. Days and times may change so listen to announcements and read school postings for regular updates.
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Aquaponics is where aquaculture meets gardening. Both plants and fish grow in the same tank, with fish waste feeding the plants, and the plants filtering the water so the fish stay healthy. In Aquaponics Club, students will cultivate their own tanks and learn the theory and practice of this increasingly popular and environmentally friendly form of agriculture.
Working as apprentice craftsmen, a dedicated group of students learn in-depth, traditional wooden boat building skills as they construct a locally historic sailboat — the 21 foot New York Bay Sloop. Students gain valuable skills in carpentry, tool usage, shop etiquette, teamwork, leadership, and project completion.
In the 2016-2017 school year, Boatbuilding Club finished planking on the Sloop. Since then, students have focused on building the cockpit, deck, rudder and centerboard. The sloop launched in September 2017.
The Debate Team will meet weekly to prepare for a policy debate as part of the NYC Urban Debate League. Students will develop strong research, public speaking, and debate skills.
Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy role-playing, best played in a group. The students that participate in this club will meet once weekly to play D&D and discuss strategy.
Casting our lines off Yankee Pier into Buttermilk Channel or over the side of Indy 7 while in Bay Ridge Flats, we brave the seasons and the storms to fish the open waters, rarely returning empty-handed. From the sanguine Sea Robin to the stately Striped Bass, the taciturn Tautaug to the spiny Black Sea Bass, Harbor Anglers bring back much of what they catch to be put on display in the school’s legendary Estuarium, and in the process discovering the diversity of aquatic life throughout New York Harbor. Harbor Anglers meet Wednesdays during the fall and spring.
Media Department students manage the photography and videography in and around New York Harbor School.
The Moth is a national storytelling organization that has a popular high school program. This is the first year Harbor School will be participating in it. To quote from The Moth Education website,
"Our goal is to further the impact that true, personal storytelling can have on student engagement and school community. Student storytelling can challenge dominant narratives about young people's lives, while developing new ways for students to listen to each other in classroom spaces. Students develop important skills, from social-emotional capacities to critical speaking, listening and narrative skills.
Student voice is being recognized more and more as an essential part of authentic learning; come learn strategies to make spaces for your students to share what they want to tell."
If you’re interested in electronics, motors, and racing model cars, this club might be for you. The “RC” in RC Club stands for Radio Control. Students who are interested in engineering will enjoy this after-school club, as students design and build everything from drones to underwater ROVs to cars.
Rowing is Harbor School’s longest running extracurricular activity, and is made possible in part through a collaborative partnership with the Village Community Boathouse, located at Pier 40 on the Hudson River. Through rowing, students learn the skills of navigation, managing tides and currents, small-boat handling, on-water safety, teamwork, and leadership. Students row crew-style in fixed-seat, traditionally-built wooden Whitehall Gigs.
Rowing is open to all students who are interested in being on the water. Students also have seasonal opportunities to participate in competitive regional rowing events.
Student Council is a place for students to share ideas on how to improve the school. Representatives from Student Council attend monthly School Leadership Team (SLT) meetings, serving as liaisons between students and administration. Projects have ranged anywhere from planning school dance fundraisers to lobbying for an AP Physics class. Students learn how to make their voices heard, enact change, and build leadership skills.
Many students enter Harbor School without knowing how to swim. Throughout the fall and winter, swimming classes are offered to these students so they are able to participate in as many maritime-based clubs and CTE Program as they choose. Some students just like to swim and welcome the opportunity for more practice. Regardless of skill level, Harbor Aquatics is designed to instruct Harbor School students in bettering their swimming techniques and building leadership skills.
In Waterfront Club, students get frequent opportunities to operate and maintain many different types of vessels. Students learn and practice a variety of skills, including readying anchors, tying line, piloting vessels, and operating cranes.
Participants in the Waterfront Club also make frequent trips to meet with Harbor School’s many long-time partners. Meeting people with real-world industry experience allows Harbor students to see and plan for their futures after graduation.
The Tide, Harbor School’s student yearbook, is a time honored tradition. We meet after school in the library and we aim to capture the very best of Harbor School’s academic programs, career and technical education programs, on-water events, after school clubs, and team sports in a memorable, bound book available to all students.
Every student is photographed for the yearbook and it represents our entire student body. The Tide is a time capsule of each year of Harbor School’s history.
In the Young Women’s Leadership Club, female students from all CTE programs and grade levels offer support and encouragement to one another while developing leadership skills and plans for the future. Activities range from after school field trips to arts and crafts or fundraising projects.
A small to mid-sized sailboat larger than a dinghy, with one mast bearing a main sail and head sail and located farther forward than the mast of a cutter.