In addition to sports and advanced classes, St. Joseph of Cupertino offers many extracurricular opportunities for students. Extracurriculars are categorized under three programs: Project Center, Student Council, and Scouting.
Project Center is a a combination of curricular and extracurricular activities that encourage student learning outside of the California Common Core Standards. Extracurricular Project Center Activities include: Art Club, Band, Cheerleading/Yell Leaders, Chess Club, Computer Lab Club, Geography Bee Club, Lego Fest, Lego Robotics, Math Club, and Tech Challenge.
Art Club is for students in grades 4-8 and meets once a week. In addition to using their creative skills and sharing their interest in art, students are involved with art-related projects and community service opportunities benefiting the school and parish throughout the year.
Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to be members of the school's beginning, intermediate, and advanced band. Band meets twice a week and concludes the year with an annual band concert at St. Francis High School.
Cheerleading/ Yell Leaders
Eighth grade students have the chance to be cheerleaders or yell leaders for school spirit rallies and special events
Chess Club meets during lunch once a week and students learn about the game, learn new moves, and compete in on-site tournaments. It is open to students in all grades.
Computer Lab Club
Students in grades 6-8 are given the chance to learn more about software applications and computer programming (coding). Computer Lab Club meets three days a week and students choose which days to attend. One day is used for keyboarding. The other day is used for Photoshop projects and coding projects. The remaining day is used as an open lab for students to continue working on Photoshop or coding projects.
Geography Bee Club
Students in grades 5-8 meet once a week and study geography in preparation for the annual Geography Bee.
Students in grades K-8 participate in Lego Fest by creating a design made out of legos that complements a yearly theme.
Robotics meets once a week. In the Fall the goal is to 1.) program a robot to autonomously complete tasks for a competition, 2.) investigate and come up with a creative solution to an everyday problem, and 3.) demonstrate FIRST core values which are very similar to our school's student learning expectations (SPARCCLS). The students attend a competition in November each year. The remainder of the year the students learn how to design and program EV3 and NXT Lego Robots to prepare for the competition in the following year.
Students in grades 6-8 meet once a week. In the fall they prepare for the AMC Challenge test. In the spring they learn ways to solve classical math problems.
Students in grades 6-8 participate in The Tech Museum's annual Tech Challenge. Each year students design an apparatus to complete a mission for the annual competition.
Students in grades 6-8 can run to be Student Council Officers if they meet the grade and academic requirements. There are 9 offices that students can run for (Commissioner General, Spirit, Secretary, Publicity, Religious Activities, Ecology, Treasurer, Sports, and Yearbook). Students in Grades 4-8 can be class representatives.
There are a variety of scouting options available for our students.
Girls starting in Kindergarten are eligible to join Girl Scouts. Run by volunteer troop leaders, this program builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Our school belongs to Girls Scouts of Northern California Council, Cupertino Service Unit 630. SJC troops are normally formed with one troop per grade. Girls can join Girl Scouts any time of the year, at any grade level. Contact the SJC school manager Mary Ann Kimm for more information.
Cub Scouts starts in first grade with students transitioning to Boy Scouts in the Spring of fifth grade. Cub Scouts do fun things with other kids! They get to wear a cool uniform, go places, and see things. They play all kinds of sports and build things, like race cars and bird houses. Want to learn a secret code? Want to learn about wild animals? Go Cub Scouting!
Boy Scout Troop 476 has been in existence since 1957. It has a strong emphasis on instilling self-sufficiency, leadership skills, and moral values into young boys. The troop is a team that partners with parents to help their sons develop into men of character -- active parent participation is key to the success of the troop operation and each parent is expected to have a role in the support of the troop.