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Extracurricular Activities

There are countless activities designed to entertain and enrich life at Andover beyond the classroom, the library, and the labs.

While participation in athletics is required for all students, Andover offers many options for our diverse student body. Students can hone their competitive skills with intramural basketball, soccer, Frisbee, or tennis; find their inner Zen in yoga class; develop their stamina in spinning class; feed their inner artist through dance workouts; or explore the great outdoors while scaling the peaks of New England in Search and Rescue.

Andover also has more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations that range from Eco-Action, whose members promote environmental awareness, to The Yorkies, Andover's male a capella singing group. Students can also join the staffs of a number of publications, including the student-run newspaper The Phillipian or Potpourri, the student yearbook.

The Phillips Academy Model UN, the largest student club with more than 150 active members, is the perfect example of how fun facilitates education. Students assume the role of a nation's delegate, research their country, and participate in competitions around the country, all while learning about foreign policy and international relations. If by chance a club of interest doesn't already exist, students can create one-such as the recently formed Cryptology Club and the Phillips Academy Language Mentors and Scholars (PALMS).

Finally, in the spirit of non sibi, more than 90% of students participate in community service during their time at PA. Mentoring inner-city youth, teaching swimming to special needs children, playing a concert for nursing home residents, cleaning up trash from the banks of the Spicket River; these are just some of the many ways PA students embrace non sibi (not for self).