Academic Clubs

Dowling Catholic offers students the opportunity to participate in several different Academic Clubs & Activities. For more information about each club, including specific requirements and the moderator, please download the Dowling Catholic Activities Handbook.

Academic Decathlon

Participants study a set curriculum in ten areas over the first six months of the school year. The curriculum changes each year. Recent areas of study have been WWI, Russia, and the Environment. 

FRC - First Robotics Club

Teach students fundamentals for real world STEM applications. Not only will this build knowledge in robotics building and programming but will also develop business and financial skills.

future farmers of america (FFA)

Events include livestock judging, leaderships events, career events, State and National Conferences, and other career related trips and conferences. Build leadership skills and compete in career and leadership events. Network with other members nationally and within various industries to help make community connections to provide future opportunities in education and careers.

History Bowl/Bee

A jeopardy-style team and individual competition where students are quizzed over their social studies knowledge. 


Technology-based club focusing on app development, multimedia (Photoshop and video), robotics, and cyber-defense. Hyperstream explores many types of technology.  

Knowledge Bowl

Students will practice for and compete in a statewide trivia contest that involves questions from all academic disciplines as well as current events and pop culture. 

Maroons in Health Sciences and STEM Careers

In this program, DCHS Students will have a unique opportunity to explore the many fields of health sciences and STEM careers. Students will be allowed to express interest in the program of choice on their registration, but must apply for admission through Student Services.

Mock Trial

Courtroom-based competition where students role-play legal cases, arguing their case in front of judges.  

National Honor Society

To recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to good citizenship, including character, service, and leadership.  View our chapter bylaws and a list of approved activities for selection purposes.  

Odyssey of the Mind

Teams solve a long-term problem and prepare for a spontaneous problem to present at a state competition in March. Grades 9-12.

Robotics Engineering Club

Teams design and construct a robot for the annual nationwide FIRST Tech Challenge Competition.

Science Bowl

A jeopardy-style competition where students are tested on all the sciences. Grades 9-12.

Speech and Debate

Learn rhetoric, research, and presentation.  Competition opportunities vary depending on events and success.  Students become members of the National Forensic League honor society. Events range from interpretation acting events to argumentation events.


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