Affinity Groups and Clubs

Student voices, experiences, and interests are the heart of The Bay School.


We support our students in creating their own opportunities to explore and define their identities, understand who they are as leaders and community members, have fun, and build friendships.

Affinity Groups

Central to Bay’s mission of advancing equity and antiracism, affinity groups are student-directed, with guidance and support from staffulty. These groups are an important means for our students to build connection and solidarity with others of a common identity. We are committed to building a culture of belonging at Bay and provide a variety of learning opportunities for our affinity groups, including sending a group of students to the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference every year. 

Current groups include:

  • Uproar—for BIPOC students 
  • Asian American Student Union
  • Queers & Allies
  • STEMinist Club
  • Boys Group
  • G-Chat (Girls Group)

Affinity groups are a visible commitment to belonging at Bay.

Aaron Plantenberg, 12th Grade Dean


Have an interest or hobby you’d like to explore with others? Join a club or start your own! As with all things Bay, clubs are for students. We want them to have space and time for non-academic pursuits that are as fun or as serious as they want them to be. The program is fluid by design and lets students try things out. Staffulty members serve as club sponsors and can have different levels of involvement depending on the students’ needs.

Here are just a few of our clubs:

  • Bay MD—for those interested in all aspects of the medical sciences
  • Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere (A.W.A.R.E.)
  • Jazz Club—play, perform, listen 
  • Astronomy—aka Astro Club (also offers time at the Tuolumne Skies Observatory)
  • Earth Club—participates in Fridays for Future with a weekly public demonstration
  • LitZine—publish poetry, artwork, short fiction, and more
  • Chess
  • The Happiness Lab—explore the science of well-being
  • Yearbook
  • Student newspaper Bay Riptide