McQuaid Jesuit

McQuaid Jesuit students participate in more than 40 extracurricular activities and clubs.  All students are able to join a club, unless otherwise noted.  Should a student wish to start a club, he must seek permission from the Dean of Students prior to its organization.

Academic Challenge Bowl

Academic Challenge Bowl is a masterminds club for middle school students. They compete against other schools in a Jeopardy-like game once a month from December to April.

The Accolade (Yearbook)

The Accolade staff is responsible for organizing, designing, and filling the McQuaid Jesuit Yearbook. The staff meets almost every day through the end of March.

Admissions Ambassadors

Admissions Ambassadors serve as representatives of McQuaid Jesuit at various events when prospective students and families are on campus. They also host “Benji’s,” or shadows throughout the year.

Biodiversity Project

The Biodiversity Project is a school-based gardening and public service project where students can earn Magis credit for the time they devote to planning, planting, tending, and harvesting. Food deliveries to a local food bank are made during August and September. This activity is good preparation for a career in biology, botany, or environmental science

Camera Club

Camera Club members take pictures are various events throughout the school year. Some of their work is used on the school’s website as well as marketing materials.

Campus Ministry Board

The Campus Ministry Board (CMB) is a student-led organization that focuses on the spiritual development of students. The goal of the CMB is to develop Christian leaders who realize God is central in their lives. The CMB is open to all students in grades 9-12.

Chess Club/Team

Students of all grades compete against each other and students from other schools in one of the world’s oldest games.

Computer Club

This club focuses on refurbishing computers for charities and talking about computer topics.

Environmental Club

Students come up with and implement ways to make McQuaid Jesuit more environmentally friendly.  Recent endeavors include more recycling bins in the hallways, and a water bottle refill station in the cafeteria.

Executive Council

Executive Council are elected seniors who represent the school as a whole. Eight members are selected each year.

FIRST Robotics

This club offers students the opportunity to work in teams with professional mechanical, electrical, and software engineers to design and build a competition robot. It requires attendance at two after-school sessions and all-day Saturday during the January to mid-February period.

French Club

For those who study French, this club expands on the French culture.

Game Board Club

Each Tuesday, students gather and play a variety of board games – Battle Ship, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Pictionary, etc.  They club also does a service project in which they collect new/gently used games to give to Autism Up.

German Club

The McQuaid German Club is a group of German fanatics who love the German language and culture.

Guitar Club

A club for those who enjoy playing guitar, or are interested in playing the instrument.

Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity club works with Flower City Habitat to build homes in Rochester. In 2014, the club, along with Brighton’s club, sponsored a home.


Learn the fundamentals of the stock market. Everything from basic definitions to the fundamentals of picking a stock will be covered. The highlight of the year will be a contest involving the selection of stocks.

Italian Club

The McQuaid Italian Club is a group of Italian fanatics who love the Italian language and culture.

J.E.T.S. Team

The team, comprised of eight members, participates in the Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society. The test consists of questions representing college freshman-level engineering coursework. It offers students the opportunity to see how engineering touches numerous aspects of our lives. Students are chosen by recommendation of math and science teachers.


Kennings is McQuaid's annual art and literary magazine. Published once a year, it contains the best literature, photography and art that McQuaid students offer. Any student in the school can submit his material to the Kennings staff. The staff is responsible for soliciting material from the student body, selecting the finest representative work, and laying out the magazine.

Knights for Life

Knights for Life is a group of students who

Lego Robotics

Lego Robotics is the middle school FIRST Robotics initiative. The group uses legos to solve a problem and then competes against other schools in competitions.


Masterminds is an academic challenge competition with other schools in a College Bowl format. Four students on each team compete for two seven minute periods.

McQuaid Jesuit Sports Network

The McQuaid Jesuit Sports Network broadcasts McQuaid Jesuit sporting events over the internet.  It's an opportunity for students to work as a team to produce and air a live radio broadcast for everyone to listen to. 

Middleman Messenger

The Middleman Messenger is a student-run newspaper for the middle school where students write and publish the articles.

Middle School Campus Ministry

The Middle School Campus Ministry Board is a group of 7th and 8th graders who have shown interest in planning and taking part in the spiritual activities of the middle school community at McQuaid Jesuit. This group plans reconciliation services, communion services, and meditations for members of their class.

Military Science Club

Members of this club meet once a week to watch movies, listen to lectures, and discuss various aspects related to military history.

Minecraft Club

The McQuaid Minecraft Club is a gathering of students interested in playing a game wherein members can, like in most video games, fight antagonists and go on quests. Unlike most other video games students can explore; search (mine) for materials to trade with others, construct structures, mechanisms or even whole cities; create societies and work together; problem solve or war against other factions. Minecraft gives players a chance to interact and educate others, locally or across the planet.

Mock Trial

The group is given a hypothetical trial case (either civil or criminal). Students assume roles normally in one of four categories: defense witness, defense lawyers, prosecution witness and prosecution lawyers.

Model United Nations

Model U.N. is a student directed activity. Participation and the level of that participation are determined solely by the student membership. In a typical year, three weekend conferences are attended. Membership is open to all students in grades 9 through 12.

Philosophy Club

An opportunity for students to gather and discuss the study of philosophy – general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

Physics Through Literature

The Physics Through Literature Club explores interesting physics topics that aren’t necessarily included in the curriculum, ranging from the role of light in impressionist paintings to the rise of drones and real life invisibility cloaks.

Quilting Club

Learn how to quilt and use those skills to create different things throughout the year.

Sign Language Club

A club for those interested in learning how to sign.

Simba Society

The Simba Society is the student spirit organization dedicated to cheering the Knights and promoting school spirit. The club organizes various events throughout the year, including the annual bonfire.

Ski and Board Club

The McQuaid Ski and Board Club is open to any student wanting to ski/snowboard or learn to ski/snowboard.  Registration is typically held in September.  We visit Bristol Mountain for 6 consecutive Fridays after Christmas break.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, or to be added to the Ski and Board Club Mailing List.

Speech & Debate

This club competes in about one dozen tournaments in the Rochester area. Topics for speech and debate include the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Forum Debate, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation.

Trading Card Game Club

Students gather with their Pokemon cards to play, organize, trade, and have fun enjoying a common interest.

The Lance

The Lance is McQuaid's official newspaper. It is published twice a year. All stories and content are done by students.

The Shield

The Shield is McQuaid Jesuit’s first online-only publication, covering student interests in a range of areas from film and literature to music, video games, and more.

Youth in Government

Youth in Government provides students the opportunity to participate in our democratic system by modeling legislators, judges, lawyers, journalists, lobbyists, and the executive branch in participation with other schools in Monroe County and New York State. Students participate in a mock NY State government held in the Legislative Chambers of the State Capital in Albany.