The New York Harbor School offers many water and non-water afterschool activities.


Clubs and sports change both yearly and seasonally. Not all are offered every semester. Students should listen to 2nd period announcements regarding the information fair and sign up, which generally happens in late September and late January.


Clubs meet after school unless otherwise noted. Days and times may change so listen to announcements and read school postings for regular updates.


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The New York Harbor School

10 South Street, Slip 7

New York, New York 10004

 212 458 0800

  • Aquaponics Club

    Aquaponics is where aquaculture meets gardening. Both plants and fish grow in the same tank, with fish waste feeding the plants, and the plants filtering the water so the fish stay healthy. In Aquaponics Club, students will cultivate their own tanks and learn the theory and practice of this increasingly popular and environmentally friendly form of agriculture.

  • Boat Building Club

    Working as apprentice craftsmen, a dedicated group of students learn in-depth, traditional wooden boat building skills as they construct a locally historic sailboat — the 21 foot New York Bay Sloop. Students gain valuable skills in carpentry, tool usage, shop etiquette, teamwork, leadership, and project completion.


    In the 2016-2017 school year, Boatbuilding Club finished planking on the Sloop. Since then, students have focused on building the cockpit, deck, rudder and centerboard. The sloop launched in September 2017.

  • Chess Club

    Chess Club is a place for chess players of all skill levels to come together and play one another. Though players come to challenge one another and themselves, Chess Club is a warm, inviting place for students to find support in meeting the challenges of school and life.

  • Debate Team

    The Debate Team will meet weekly to prepare for a policy debate as part of the NYC Urban Debate League. Students will develop strong research, public speaking, and debate skills.

  • Dungeons and Dragons Club

    Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy role-playing, best played in a group. The students that participate in this club will meet once weekly to play D&D and discuss strategy.

  • Gardening Club

    Garden Club grows organic produce and ornamentals in the quarter-acre plot in front of the school. Student gardeners grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables including strawberries, raspberries, apples, eggplants, zucchini, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, and much more. During the winter months, Garden Club works on replenishing the soil with nutrients and making mint tea using Harbor-grown herbs. Garden club works closely with the Compost Club, using their “Black Gold” compost to help plants grow organically and pesticide-free. Needless to say, Harbor gardeners are well-fed and enjoy a fresh fruits and vegetables to share with their families and friends.

  • GSA Spectrum

    With a mission to ensure that all Harbor School students enjoy a safe space to learn, GSA meets every Thursday morning for potluck breakfast off the 7:30 a.m. boat. GSA hosts afternoon gatherings for the whole school, plans monthly screenings of Glee, and creates a forum to discuss serious local news events, messages in mainstream music, and ways to improve greater acceptance and tolerance.


    GSA sponsors the school’s Pledge Against Hate Speech campaign.

  • Harbor Anglers Fishing Club

    Casting our lines off Yankee Pier into Buttermilk Channel or over the side of Indy 7 while in Bay Ridge Flats, we brave the seasons and the storms to fish the open waters, rarely returning empty-handed. From the sanguine Sea Robin to the stately Striped Bass, the taciturn Tautaug to the spiny Black Sea Bass, Harbor Anglers bring back much of what they catch to be put on display in the school’s legendary Estuarium, and in the process discovering the diversity of aquatic life throughout New York Harbor. Harbor Anglers meet Wednesdays during the fall and spring.

  • Harbor Corps Fridays, off the 7:30 boat

    Harbor Corps provides a space for students of all seven CTE programs to share which projects or topics they are currently working on and work together to further the mission of the Billion Oyster Project. All the skills learned in the CTE Programs are applied in a tangible, real-world way. At any given meeting, you may hear about the gabion structures designed by ocean engineering students; the cement Econcrete discs made by MST, Diving students  running video feed of the river bottom, Aquaculture students analyzing the oysters and predators of the water, or Vessel Ops students providing boat transport to the sample-taking MBRP students.


    One of the stand-out events of the fall was the work revolving around Bush Terminal Park, with the goal of developing a BOP community reef that engages families and younger students with the water. Harbor students contributed in different ways, depending on their skills and CTE. Activities ranged from beach clean up to underwater reef surveys or teaching Sunset Park students about the work of BOP.

  • Harbor Seals Citizen Science Wednesdays

    Harbor Sea, Air, and Land (SEALs) program is an after-school scientific monitoring program dedicated to the study of the natural resources of the New York Harbor Estuary. SEALs scholars gain knowledge of the complex interactions and impacts of the land around and the air above the Estuary’s water resources. The SEALs work continuously to help bring back the harbor seal, a top consumer, to our waters, which would signify that our Estuary is healthy once again.


    In addition to supporting SEALs scholars’ intellectual development, the program also offers a physical fitness component in Japanese Martial Arts, providing students the opportunity to strengthen their body, mind, and spirit through rigorous and structured physical exercise.


    SEALs scholars also take part in many field trips throughout the year, including ocean sampling aboard school and other seafaring vessels, ecological studies in the Hudson River Valley near West Point, and professional development trips to college open houses and internship/job fairs.

  • Media Department

    Media Department students manage the photography and videography in and around New York Harbor School.


  • The Moth

    The Moth is a national storytelling organization that has a popular high school program. This is the first year Harbor School will be participating in it. To quote from The Moth Education website,


    "Our goal is to further the impact that true, personal storytelling can have on student engagement and school community. Student storytelling can challenge dominant narratives about young people's lives, while developing new ways for students to listen to each other in classroom spaces. Students develop important skills, from social-emotional capacities to critical speaking, listening and narrative skills.


    Student voice is being recognized more and more as an essential part of authentic learning; come learn strategies to make spaces for your students to share what they want to tell."

  • RC Club

    If you’re interested in electronics, motors, and racing model cars, this club might be for you. The “RC” in RC Club stands for Radio Control. Students who are interested in engineering will enjoy this after-school club, as students design and build everything from drones to underwater ROVs to cars.

  • Rowing Team*  Mondays & Thursdays

    Rowing is Harbor School’s longest running extracurricular activity, and is made possible in part through a collaborative partnership with the Village Community Boathouse, located at Pier 40 on the Hudson River. Through rowing, students learn the skills of navigation, managing tides and currents, small-boat handling, on-water safety, teamwork, and leadership. Students row crew-style in fixed-seat, traditionally-built wooden Whitehall Gigs.


    Rowing is open to all students who are interested in being on the water. Students also have seasonal opportunities to participate in competitive regional rowing events.

  • Sailing Team  Wednesdays - dinghy, Fridays- keel boat


    As members of US Sailing, the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA), and through local sailing organizations such as Hudson River Community Sailing, Harbor School offers a sailing program of dinghy sailing/racing, keelboat sailing/racing and offshore cruising/racing. Sailors will gain experience on 420s, J/24s, and two Hunter 38 cruising vessels. Harbor Sailing has recently become more competitive, racing in several regattas throughout the 2016-2017 school year.


    Our sailors learn the value of teamwork, discipline, and commitment as they develop the essential skills of seamanship.

  • Soccer Team

    Soccer players of all skill levels practice twice a week to run drills and scrimmage one another. In the spring and fall, Harbor participates in a small club league with other schools in Lower East Side.

  • Student Council  Tuesdays, off the 7:30 boat

    Student Council is a place for students to share ideas on how to improve the school. Representatives from Student Council attend monthly School Leadership Team (SLT) meetings, serving as liaisons between students and administration. Projects have ranged anywhere from planning school dance fundraisers to lobbying for an AP Physics class. Students learn how to make their voices heard, enact change, and build leadership skills.

  • Swimming  Saturday mornings

    Many students enter Harbor School without knowing how to swim. Throughout the fall and winter, swimming classes are offered to these students so they are able to participate in as many maritime-based clubs and CTE Program as they choose.  Some students just like to swim and welcome the opportunity for more practice. Regardless of skill level, Harbor Aquatics is designed to instruct Harbor School students in bettering their swimming techniques and building leadership skills.

  • Waterfront Club  Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

    In Waterfront Club, students get frequent opportunities to operate  and maintain many different types of vessels. Students learn and practice a variety of skills, including readying anchors, tying line, piloting vessels, and operating cranes.


    Participants in the Waterfront Club also make frequent trips to meet with Harbor School’s many long-time partners. Meeting people with real-world industry experience allows Harbor students to see and plan for their futures after graduation.

  • Welding Club  Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

    Students in the Welding Club work closely with the Boatbuilding Club on the 21-foot New York Sloop. Welding Club participants also contribute to the Billion Oyster Project by fabricating reef support structures.

  • Yearbook

    The Tide, Harbor School’s student yearbook, is a time honored tradition. We meet after school in the library and we aim to capture the very best of Harbor School’s academic programs, career and technical education programs, on-water events, after school clubs, and team sports in a memorable, bound book available to all students.


    Every student is photographed for the yearbook and it represents our entire student body. The Tide is a time capsule of each year of Harbor School’s history.

  • Young Women’s Leadership Club

    In the Young Women’s Leadership Club, female students from all CTE programs and grade levels offer support and encouragement to one another while developing leadership skills and plans for the future. Activities range from after school field trips to arts and crafts or fundraising projects.


A small to mid-sized sailboat larger than a dinghy, with one mast bearing a main sail and head sail and located farther forward than the mast of a cutter.

10 South Street, Slip 7

NY, NY 10004

 212 458 0800


10 South Steet, Slip 7   NY, NY 10004