Clubs & Student Life

Student Life

Congrats, Class of 2020!

Christopher Columbus Campus Band

Students playing trumpet in Christopher Columbus Band

Beginner Band

This course is offered for students who are interested in learning to play a musical instrument and never had the opportunity to do so. We offer these instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bells, and Percussion.

Columbus Orchestral Band (also Pep Band)

This course is offered to students who are at an advanced level of playing. Also reads music well and are interested in performance. This band plays at the school concerts, assemblies, games and other school activities.

Jazz Band

This course is offered for students who also are in an advance level. We play jazz and latin music and perform at the school concert and activities in and out of the school.


Columbus Band NY TIMES feature:

The Pelham Press

 Student journalists meeting with advisors at The Pelham Press 

The Pelham Press is the source for news from around the world and within PPA.  We strive to deliver the freshest topics that cause all the buzz. We explore topics that not only relate to the academic community, but also to political, social, and economic issues in our modern-day society.

If interested in joining our team, please see any of our contributors, Ms. Turk, or Mr. Haigh in Room 447.

We meet Thursdays after-school.

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Student Council

Student council leading a breast cancer walk together 

Student Council gives students the opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects alongside peers and an advisor.  In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the Student Council is the voice of the student body.  They help share student ideas, interests and concerns with the school-wide community.

Meetings are based upon parliamentary procedures wherein ideas are presented, voted upon, and confirmed by the student body president.  Any student that is interested in leadership, organizational behavior, event planning or becoming more involved in the school are welcome to visit and contact Ms. Flannery via email or in Rm. 452.



Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the Ascend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club.  Free!

Our Club is Open to all Campus Students and Grades

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches you how to defend yourself and fight without throwing a punch. It also provides many benefits that can follow you for life, such as:

·      Confidence through Self-Defense
·      Problem Solving Skills
·      Discipline, Dedication, Respect, etc.
·      Exercise and Fitness
·      Build Friendships
·      Improve body awareness and coordination
·      Improve your Self Esteem

College for Every Student (CFES)

CFES leaders gathered together in the hallway 
Welcome to CFES Brilliant Pathways @ PPA 
“Empowering Scholars to become College and Career Ready”
Why Join CFES?:
- Trips to colleges and universities
- Opportunities with other scholars around NYC
- Learning skills to be competitive in the workforce
- Become a mentor to shape and empower younger scholars
- Develop your leadership skills and abilities

Interested/Becoming Apart Of CFES? Contact:

Mr. Amoroso or Ms. Campbell

Art Club

 Student painting a self-portrait in art club  

In our visual arts club, students come twice a week after school for an opportunity to express themselves, grow in technical art skills, and challenge themselves creatively.

Students are regarded as artists and the classroom is regarded as their studio. That being said, students learn where and how supplies are stored, learn techniques to help them use the supplies, and participate in studio cleanup.

Not only are students expected to think and create like artists, but to understand the importance and value of the supplies

Building Racial Identity, Developing Great Experiences (BRIDGES)


Tired of others giving you a stereotypical Racial Identity?  Ready to have those challenging discussions surrounding self-reflection, world perspectives, and identity?

BRIDGES is the place for you.  All that's required is an open mind to hear others' stories with respect to their perspectives and experiences.

To sign up, complete this form.  For more information reach out to Mr. Sieunarine at

Gaming Club


The Gaming Club is a space where students from all grade levels gather to socialize, strategize, and collaborate through playing and competing against and with each other in video games such as Super Smash Brothers, FIFA, and NBA2K among other games. In addition, this space is also utilized as a place where students can play card and board games, such as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Warhammer.  The club typically meets Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:00pm in Room 441 with Mr. Salamanca.


Opening Act!


Ever think about being an actor or actress—or just want to be on the stage?  Then check out Opening Act's after-school theater program that meets virtually every Wednesday from 4:00-5:30 pm, starting February 10.

Join and you'll get the chance to learn a lot about acting and have a huge amount of fun.  You don't need to have any acting experience or think you have talent (trust us—you have talent).

To learn more, please read through our flyer.


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