Amnesty International is established and run by students. This club's focus is on human rights and their violations around the world. Actions may include letter writing, collecting signatures for petitions, etc.
Anime Club students view and critique popular works of Japanese animation. Members must have an interest in Japanese animation.
West Varsity Art Team is a group of creatively inclined students who take on various aesthetic endeavors including school mural creation and restoration, various art workshops and public service projects like helping with the Habitat for Humanity "Super Bowl".
Asian Club is a group that is full of excitement and determination to help others.
ASPIRA, which means aspire, is an academic after school program for Latin students. Our aim is to encourage students to participate and set goals to do better in school. ASPIRA meets Monday thru Thursday from 3:45 to 5:00pm in Room 244. For more information, feel free to contact Yared Torres Cesanas, Youth Program Coordinator at 255-3018.
Discuss and learn about Astronomy. Plan evening and weekend observing opportunities. Open to all students and staff.
A bowling league basically for a group of people to bowl and compete in bowling championships.
BSU (Black Student Union)
The Black Student Union (BSU) provides support for African American students through weekly meetings and various social action projects. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Sean Gray or Boyce Hodge.
West High Calvin Ball Club is a Club that shows the appreciation for the wondrous game that is Calvin Ball-based off the game from comic Calvin & Hobbes.
West is the reigning state team champion and has won 4 of the past 6 years. The chess club meets twice per week for a total of 5 1/2 hours. We operate with volunteer coaches and receive no financial assistance. Members must have a working knowledge of and love for chess.
Debate explores a variety of policy issues in and academically competitive environment.
DECA is a marketing organization that participates in social, community service and leadership activities. DECA members also compete at district, state and national conferences. Members must have an interest in business/marketing.
Students come together to recognize the rich cultural diversity that exists within West High School. Its members plan ways to celebrate this diversity like the acquiring of flags posted in our hallways, and the International Week Festivities that occur each December.
The Regent Drama Club produces two major productions per year, a musical and a play. There are 7 crews: stage, make-up, costuming, lighting, props, sound and administrative (house and publicity). Open to all who are interested. Anyone in a theater class is automatically a member of Drama Club, and is expected to volunteer substantial hours to one of the crews.
DRIVE Troupe (formerly Fade to Black)
Discovering Reality In Valuable Encounters—This club creates Theatrical scenes on teen issues and performs them for specific West High School Functions.
A club devoted to advanced learning in the area of Engineering. We work in unison with the engineering classes at West.
Forensics is the art of public speaking and performance. In Forensics you can either interpret a work of literature, poetry or drama, or prepare your own speech on anything that interests you. Speeches are performed for peers and adult judges, and you are ranked in order of best overall presentation. Recruitment begins in October. The first meet is in December. Forensics competitions are held January-April, and are almost always on Saturdays. Click here for the West Forensics Website.
Groups select activities--service, cuisine, conversation, French parties, folk fairs, videos, etc. Open to all French students with an interest in French.
French Honor Society
An honor society for invited members who meet the criteria, fundraising activities for spring initiation banquet and for “Doctors Without Borders”. Members need a Grade of A in French for 3 consecutive semesters prior to semester of induction. Must be at least Grade 10; overall GPA of 3.0 in other subjects.
Freshmen Connections Edgewood
Freshmen invested in their academic success and personal achievement. (By application to F/CE)
Preparing for nationals.
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
Diverse group of students working together to promote a safe and tolerant atmosphere at West and beyond. Open to all.
This group discusses geography concepts and ideas and prepares for the National Geography Society’s annual High School competition exam and we study the physical and cultural features of the earth, to learn more about the surrounding world.
German Club will be a gathering of students interested in the German Language and culture. Possible activities are Kaffee Klatsch, breakfast, hiking, soccer, competition, speakers, etc.
Girl’s Lacrosse Athletic Team
The Green Club works to inform West High School and the surrounding community about environmental issues, encourage environmentally friendly habits such as biking and also runs the West recycling program.
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Students in medical occupations classes are eligible to compete in all HOSA events at State and National conferences. West HOSA activities include service projects, education/outreach, leadership training and conference attendance.
Peer education and action exploring complexities of sexual violence. (Female members)
The goal of this group is to further the appreciation of all things Italian. Activities include Italian conversation, study of Italian culture and exchange of ideas with members of other cultures. Members must have an interest in Italian language and culture.
Japan Bowl Club
Club members meet regularly to prepare for annual state and national Japan Bowl competition-an academic contest of Japanese language and culture. Participants must be in grades 10, 11 or 12. Second, third and fourth year teams compete in the spring in Washington, D.C.
Students explore Japanese culture and language through a variety of activities at West. Members must have an interest in Japanese language and culture.
Japanese Honor Society
The club meets to recognize and support excellence in Japanese language studies at West High School. Members must have a 3.5 for 3 semesters in Japanese with an overall 3.0 at West.
Open to instrumental music students who can read music and wish to have an inclusive and low pressure "jazz performance experience". Jazz Too is a "training band" for Jazz West. Members rehearse regularly and perform at school functions such as Swing Dance, Fine Arts Week and the Courtyard Concert.
This is a performing group which rehearses regularly and performs for numerous functions on and off campus, (Swing Dance, Fine Arts Week, festivals, programs). Students must have instrumental proficiency, jazz experience and are accepted by audition only.
Club offers an opportunity for those interested in knitting and crocheting to share skills, ideas, and patterns while working on projects in the company of others. Members are encouraged to donate one or more products to a community organization or cause. As the club develops, we may also enter competitions.
For students interested in learning and playing LaCrosse.
Carry on duties of Wisconsin Junior Classical League, volunteer activities: WPT, NPR, University Sporting events, social activities-bowling, dinners, movies.
Latino Dance Club
Dances taught: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, etc. No experience necessary. Members must love to dance! Fun learning program you'll be fascinated once your in it!
Math Team Club
Club members meet weekly to prepare for bi-monthly math meets. Open to all students who love a good math problem. Competitions include the Madison Area Math League, State Math Meet, Mandelbrot, and the Wisconsin Math League.
This is a collegiate acapella type performing group for male singers grades 9-12. Members need only an interest in singing. No experience necessary.
This group is sponsored by the Wisconsin State Bar Association and provides an invigorating forum for students to act as lawyers and witnesses in a real courtroom before a real judge to argue a hypothetical but realistic court case against other Mock Trail teams from the region and the state. Membership is open to students of all grade levels.
Multico is a touring multicultural acting company that educates elementary/middle school kids about tolerance and diversity.
National Honor Society
Service-oriented club for students with high academic achievement. Members are inducted into NHS as Juniors with 3.5 GPA and 60 service hours.
OM (Only Meditation)
Meditation club, sampling the traditions of many cultures for health and well being.
Outstanding Latino Society
This is a club dedicated to the Latino population in West High School. Its purpose is to improve the overall image of Latinos at West and it is a chance for Latinos to be actively a part of the community at West.
Student peers assist other students in a variety of subjects. They are drawn from many sources and must have a solid background and interest in a particular subject. Tutors must be recommended by a teacher, have a strong interest in helping others and be willing to make a commitment of at least 2 times a week.
Made up primarily of volunteers from West High School's 3 concert bands, Pep Band provides pop/rock "spirit" music for selected athletic events, usually about 10 per year. Members must have proficiency on a band instrument.
JV Art Team meets at least once a month to be Pictionary ninjas.
Regent Review Newspaper
The student newspaper of West High School, the Regent Review, gathers, investigates and features news and trends pertinent to the school and the student body. The Regent Review produces and distributes an issue to the faculty and students of West. Members must demonstrate proficient writing ability and be committed to write at least one article (news, features, editorial...etc.) per month. Members are also required to perform newspaper related tasks such as taking photos, distributing paper, and other duties.
Our goal is to construct a two stage rocket, carry two eggs to an altitude of 1,250 feet and return them safely to the ground. Success will qualify us to compete at a national rocketry competition. Members must have an interest in rocketry. Club website: http://westrocketry.com
Roof Over Our Heads
This is a group that through a benefit concert and raffle, makes money for transitional housing. (Service -Oriented)
Athletes from various high schools around Madison are active year round and participate in the highest level of competition in the country.
Rugby - Women's
For students interested in learning and playing rugby. The Rugby Club combines West's women with other area schools for competition.
Non-competitive fun running after school. Set weekly or bi-weekly goals for distance. Warm up and stretching after the runs. Possible sign up for fun-runs around Madison.
SADD offers a supportive group that permits safe choices through teach-ins, demonstrations and advertisements. Interest in addressing issues such as underage drinking, illegal drug use and unsafe sexual practices.
There are 23 different science related topics/activities to participate in. Season's goal: to compete at State tournament and if we win State we would go on to a National competition.
This group is made up of Seniors who are willing to welcome and encourage underclassmen.
Ski racing for Alpine and Nordic qualify for High School championship.
The WHS SMART Team is made up of 9-12 Grade students and their advisor working with research scientists to design and construct physical models of the proteins or other molecular structures that are being investigated in their laboratories. SMART Teams use state-of-the-art molecular design software and rapid prototyping technologies to produce these unique models. We have 3 main goals: 1) Learn to design and build physical models of a molecular structure using newly developed software and state-of-the-art rapid prototyping technology, 2) Experience real science as it exists in an active bio-molecular research lab., 3) Develop skills necessary to communicate the accomplishments of your project to your peers, parents, researchers and the interested public. The program has 3 phases: Qualification, Research & Model Design and Dissemination.
Snow Pirates is a supportive community for the Friends of West Latin. Amongst its many purposes is to provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere for delicate teenage psyches and to enjoy gourmet cuisine. The weekly meetings are conducive to emotional, social, spiritual and psychological growth. On Tuesdays, we meet to celebrate our differences and similarities in a jubilant kaleidoscopic festival of affirmation. It is a veritable spectrum of all things pleasurable.
Social & Leisure Activities Club
The club meetings will consist of card games, darts, billiards, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey, checkers and board games. These activities will give students a chance to play their favorite games and to meet new people. There will also be the possibility of field trips.
Spanish Honor Society
Speed Reading Club
This club is open to all West students and faculty who wish to participate in and wrestle with their own personal reading skill development. Each of us records our own progress in speed, reading aerobic skills and comprehension during our learning time. We explore correlations between our individual efforts and our progress. We share ideas and celebrate each other's struggles and successes. Participants must have an interest in personal improvement of reading speed and comprehension, curiosity about variations in reading styles, skills and related factors, interest in helping others to improve their reading skills and to be supportive of everyone's efforts and achievements regardless of skill levels.
Students For Combating Poverty Through Education
Raising money to help those less fortunate receive an education.
Students For Informed Response (SIR)
Inspiring students to become more involved in the world around them from a progressive stance.
Students are taught the Okinawa style of Japanese Taiko drumming. This style combines Japanese drumming and martial arts with both traditional and modern Okinawa music. Performance opportunities in the community may be available to interested students. Members need no previous experience. For more information link to our website: http://www.otdw.com/
Assessing and choosing poems and short stories submitted by anyone at West for the yearly publication. Members must like poetry and short stories.
Tutees are primarily freshmen and sophomore but many juniors and seniors seek help. Tutors are drawn from many sources: those who have been recommended by teachers, have a solid background and interest in a particular subject or are successful classmates in the same course. Tutoring is available Monday-Friday all day long.
Water Polo Club
Water Polo Club is a club in which the group interest is a water sport other than competitive swimming. We meet 2 mornings a week before school to play and increase skills in the sport of water polo. The club is dormant until the competitive swimming sports at West have completed their seasons (pool availability). We generally start in March and continue until the end of school. It is not required that a member be a competitive swimmer, but they should be a good swimmer.
West Climbing Club
Club members must be interested in climbing. We will climb both indoors and outdoors.
Winter Running Club
WOMP (West Old Movie People)
WOW (Women of West or West Organization of Women)
Plan fun events that educate on feminist issues and do volunteer work for women within the community.
Young Democrats Association
The Young Democrats Association is a club dedicated to promoting the principles of the Democratic Party in West High School and in the surrounding community. A central group objective is to participate in the campaigns of Democrats running for local, state and federal office. Democrats of all stripes are welcome to attend our weekly meetings, where we discuss group projects, debate the contentious political issues of the day and snack on milk and cookies. Everyone is welcome. Check out our website at: mailto:www.ydawest.com
Young Republicans Club