Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities include school sponsored clubs and programs that take place after school hours. Descriptions of the activities offered, and information on who to contact with questions can be found below. This page is typically updated by the end of September each year to reflect new or updated offerings. 

Late Bus - The late Bus runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will depart Chester Academy at 4:15PM. Students involved in after school activities taking place on those days may take the late bus with a completed Late Bus Form.


Extra-Curricular Activities


Art Club - Both grade 5/6 and 7/8 Art Clubs will meet on Mondays from 3:00-4:15. Projects will include: clay, acrylic painting, Holiday crafts, jewelry making and duct tape creations. Students may join at any time during the year, so long as they have a permission slip. Please contact Lee Johnson for additional information. 


Chess Club - The Chester Academy Chess Club provides students grades 5 through 8 an opportunity to learn, practice, and play the game of chess.  Please contact Ben Kilar for additional information.

Chester Junior Honor Society - Students in grades six through eight are offered the opportunity to participate in Chester Junior Honor Society annually. Students are invited to join based on criteria and recommendations. Please contact Rebekah Bergeron for additional information.

Creative Writing Club - In creative writing club students complete prompts and activities to improve their understanding of narrative writing. Students share progress on their own projects, and discuss master techniques to apply to their own writing. Please contact Jennifer Potts for additional information. 

Drama- Fall Club - Chester Academy's Drama Club is a fun learning opportunity to explore various aspects of the theater. Activities include theater games, improvisation, performing skits, and learning about different theater techniques. Drama club is open to students in grades 3-8 and meets weekly in the fall. The Drama club will begin meeting again after the spring musical. Please contact Mike von Oeyen or Laura Green for additional information. 

Fifth Grade Band - Available to 5th graders at Chester Academy, students in 5th Grade Band work on learning either flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone or percussion. Students come in twice a week: one morning to work on playing as a full band and a different morning in a smaller instrument group to learn specific techniques. Please contact Mike von Oeyen for additional information. 

Homework Help - Students in grades 4-8 may sign-up to attend a teacher-supervised after school Homework Help Space on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students (or their parents) may click here to complete a Homework Help Application form.

Jazz Band - Jazz Band Meets Thursday Mornings at 7:30. Students rehearse and perform jazz and rock tunes at school concerts, and feature regular band wind instruments as well as a drum set, piano, and bass guitar. Please contact Mike von Oeyen for additional information.

Math Counts - Math Counts is a competition series the provides students the opportunity to compete in live math contests against and alongside their peers. This program is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Please contact Nancy Leavitt for additional information. 

Student Council - The Student Council is open to students in grades 5 - 8 and meets one Monday per month after school. Student Council promotes leadership, communication, and service projects within the student population. Student council meets on Tuesdays and alternates between meeting during lunch and meeting after school. Please contact Chelsea Hanninen or Jennifer Potts for additional information.

Yearbook - Yearbook meeting details will be updated soon. Students will be involved with many activities related to the creation of the 2023-2024 yearbook. Please contact Karolyn O'Cull for additional information.


Related Services


Ski Club Ski Club meets on Thursdays from January 6 to February 3 at 5:30 PM. The lessons are intended to run for 1 hour. Ski Club is open to grades 3-8. There will be no bus transportation to or from Pats Peak. Please contact Marilyn Mitchell for additional information.

Elite After School Program - The Elite After School Program is offering an after school program at Chester Academy. The program runs daily from the end of the school day until 6pm. Please contact Elite After School for further information.

The Boys & Girls Club - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry is offering an after school program to Chester Academy Students. The after school program will run from 3:00pm to 7:30pm. Bus transportation will be provided from the school to the Club each school day at 3:00pm. Please contact Kim Trull for additional information.