At Harding Academy, learning and growth happen in a variety of places and ways. In addition to the experiences students have in classrooms, fine arts, and athletics, Harding offers clubs and organizations that tap into students’ interests and offer opportunities to learn valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork, and service. Organizations and clubs allow students to identify the talents God has given them and provides a framework for the use of those talents to God’s glory.
The list of organizations and clubs may change as student needs and interests change. In fact, students often initiate the formation of a club. All Harding sponsored organizations have faculty advisers and have been approved by the administration.
Campus Life Ambassadors
The Campus Life Ambassador program comprises visible leaders on campus who strive to enhance the experiences of both prospective and new students. CLAs help new students make connections and provide a lifeline throughout this important first year. By participating as a Harding CLA, students are establishing resumes of service and a willingness to promote their school.
Modeling true leadership qualities is the goal of the Campus Life Ambassadors program. One boy and one girl in each fifth and sixth grade class are selected by their peers to be Campus Life Ambassadors. This takes place after a seminar on leadership qualities held by the lower school counselor with guest speakers from the upper school Student Government Association. Campus Life Ambassadors will be given various responsibilities such as meeting with community leaders, representing their campus at various school events, and more.
Student Government Association
Student Government Executive Officers
Executive Officers are determined by student election. The SGA comprises four elected executive officers and five elected class leaders or officers for grades 9–12. Officers in grades seven and eight are included in any activity that involves their class. Criteria include good academic and conduct standing with a minimum GPA of B–.
Class officers are determined by student election. Criteria include satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom with a minimum GPA of B–.
Class leaders are determined by student election. Criteria include satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom with a minimum GPA B–.
Harding Health Scholars
The Health Scholars program is open to seniors Interested in a career in a health care field. Harding alumni who are practicing in this field will mentor these students. Criteria include an overall B average or better. The selection is made by application process, including teacher recommendation.
International Thespian Society
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization and is open to students in grades 9–12. Eligibility is determined through an accumulation of points. Criteria include a 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.
Junior Thespians are also a part of the International Thespian Society (ITS). Eligibility is determined through an accumulation of points. Criteria include a 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.
Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics honor society)
Mu Alpha Theta is the national honor society for high school mathematics. Criteria include a B+ (3.67) or better GPA in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or the Honors classes for these courses. Students must have at least a B (3.33) overall GPA and satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is one of the oldest and largest recognition programs in the country for students in grades 10–12. The NHS recognizes more than just academic achievement. It serves to honor students who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Criteria include satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom and a cumulative weighted GPA of 4.2 or better.
National Junior Honor Society
The purpose of the NJHS is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, develop character, and encourage citizenship. Members are expected to exemplify the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, and service. Members are expected to maintain satisfactory conduct both in and out of the classroom as well as a cumulative academic average of 4.25 in core classes beginning in the seventh grade.
National Elementary Honor Society
The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is a partner organization with the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Criteria for membership include GPA, work habits, and conduct as determined by the Faculty Council. Inductions take place in the spring.
National English Honor Society • Betty S. Bates Chapter
The National English Honor Society is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Students must have completed a minimum of one semester at Harding before induction and two semesters of English courses with a minimum unweighted 3.67 GPA in those courses. Criteria also include an overall cumulative 3.33 GPA, satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom, and a recommendation from an English teacher.
Rho Kappa • Ruth B. French Chapter (social studies honor society)
Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. Students must have completed two core social studies courses with a minimum unweighted 3.67 GPA in those courses. Criteria also include an overall cumulative 3.33 GPA, satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom, and a recommendation from an English teacher.
Science National Honor Society
The Science National Honor Society is the prominent scientific organization that engenders a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America. Students must be enrolled in at least one honors or upper-level science class each year (junior/senior). Criteria also include an overall B average, B+ average in all science classes, and satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom.
The 30+ Club recognizes seniors who have a composite score of 30 or better on the ACT (any one testing; no super scoring).
Tri M Music Society
The purpose of the Tri M Music Society is to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students of secondary schools. Students must have completed minimum of one semester at Harding before induction plus one semester in a music ensemble at Harding with a minimum unweighted 3.67 GPA in music courses. Criteria also include an overall cumulative unweighted 3.33 GPA, a satisfactory conduct in and out of the classroom, and a teacher recommendation.
The ChemClub invites, motivates, and encourages high school students to explore the many ways that chemistry connects to their world. Supported by the American Chemical Society, ChemClub provides fun, authentic, and hands-on opportunities for members to experience chemistry beyond what is taught in the classroom, to learn about study and career opportunities in the many and varied fields of chemistry, to provide service for the betterment of their communities, to discover and pursue connections within the larger chemistry community, and to develop leadership and communication skills. The ACS ChemClub is open to students in grades 9–12 who have an interest in chemistry.
The Art Club is open to students in grades 9–12 who are currently enrolled in or have previously taken art. Criteria include satisfactory conduct.
The Bible Club is primarily a service, fellowship, and spiritual growth organization for students in grades 9–12. The students have many opportunities during the school year to be a light in the community and to grow closer to each other and to God.
The Engineering Club is open to any students in grades 7–12 who have an interest in engineering.
The purpose of the Harding Academy Film Club is to promote the discussion of film critique and theory; to debate the principle story plot, characters and symbolism of the film; to build fellowship through lively discussion about film making and its relativeness to daily life; to share and educate club members with conversation and review of film; and to organize film screenings for members thus providing an opportunity for experiencing and discussing the films. Membership shall be open to any Harding student in Grades 10–12 grade with satisfactory conduct grade who has a serious interest in film.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a national organization devoted to impacting the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. Members are those students who are interested in athletics as a platform for growing in knowledge and service to Christ. FCA provides some opportunities for intramural sports participation.
Leadership for the Lord
Leadership for the Lord is an outreach organization for students in grades 10–12. The group's primary goal is to spread the great news of the love of Jesus Christ to each campus and to the community. The group leads worship in area congregations, Kirby Pines, and Harding’s lower school.
Model United Nations, or Model UN, is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches research, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Selection is by adviser .
Harding Academy’s Outdoor Club is for those students who have a love for the outdoors or who are seeking to develop a love of the outdoors and would like opportunities to spend time outside and share this interest and activities with their classmates. The Outdoor Club allows members to experience activities like hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and biking. Activities will be tailored to the interests of the current membership. Some of the most powerful worship experiences can take place in an outdoor setting. Taking our love for the outdoors and our love of God out in to the world will be good for participating students.
Spanish Club is open to students who are enrolled or who have previously taken Spanish. Criteria include satisfactory conduct.