The Gregory School Library
The Gregory School Library serves both the Middle and Upper School. Offering a comfortable and pleasant space suitable for study, reading, group meetings and classroom instruction, the library serves as a gathering place and is an important part of The Gregory School community.
The library's growing collection of resources, including online databases, multimedia items and carefully selected print materials, supports the mission and philosophy of The Gregory School. We subscribe to several valuable online databases to support the research needs of our students and faculty. Daily, weekly and monthly periodicals are available in the library, as well as print books that are selected to support the scholarship needs of our community while also promoting a lifelong love of reading and learning. Our library is a reader's paradise with over 14,000 print and digital holdings ranging from the latest popular young adult fiction to nonfiction texts to detailed, subject-specific online encyclopedias.
With an emphasis on information literacy and technology, the library also works to teach students an understanding of technology while developing necessary research skills to navigate the growing wealth of information resources today. Our librarians work hard, spending time teaching students not just how to search for information, but to think critically about their questions, methods and tools of inquiry.
Giving back to one’s community through community service is an integral component of The Gregory School education. The goal is to introduce students to the rich possibilities of volunteering and to encourage them to make volunteering a normal and regular activity. Students are able to choose where and how they want to engage in community service. This program encourages self-direction and the development of personal interests, as well as instilling the value of service. One hundred percent of The Gregory School students participate in community service activities locally, regionally, and internationally.
Students may volunteer with a non-profit or for-profit organization, voter registration and political campaigns, a faith-based institution where your service does not include teaching or promoting one faith (examples: serving food, fundraising, volunteering at facility), community service projects organized and supervised by The Gregory School faculty and/or staff, and service-learning projects including training and preparation time. Students may also organize community service projects with approval from The Gregory School Community Service Coordinator.
Thank you for volunteering in your community. Please keep track of your volunteer hours by using the form below.
We consider technology to be one of the essential components in preparing our students for higher education and for life. At The Gregory School, we ensure that technology is used to enhance curriculum, with the most important goal being to improve student learning. Faculty and students have access to networked information systems extending the reach of the classroom to the school, to the country, and to the world. Our faculty has extensive training in integrating laptops into every classroom. Our approach is not one of students' using laptops for note taking during lectures. Instead we promote the development of 21st century skills with online tools, and with students exhibiting their learning with digital presentations and publications.
It is our expectation that most laptop computers purchased in the last four years will most likely meet school requirements. For lower grades we suggest Chromebooks.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Video (web cam) and audio-in (microphone) capability
USB and display connector
Fully functional and standards compliant browser
Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection Software such as free Microsoft Security Essentials, ClamXav (Mac), Sophos (Mac), Immunet Protect Antivirus
The Writing Center
Modeled after those found on many college campuses, The Gregory School Writing Center is a dedicated space that assists students in all phases of the writing process. Our student editors apply and interview for their positions and are highly trained and closely supervised by a dedicated faculty member.
The Gregory School's Fab Lab is the first and only school-based member of the MIT Fab Lab network in Arizona.
As a member of the MIT Fab Lab Network, our lab is not simply a facility for prototyping and 3D printing. We are part of a much larger community that collaborates beyond international borders, sharing knowledge, designs, and experiences. Someone making a project in New York should be able to send us the files and have the item created, fairly easily, in our science building at The Gregory School.
Calendar of Events
Printable Holiday Calendar
This printable holiday calendar for the 2023-2024 school year gives a quick overview of holidays, conference days, and special occasions throughout the academic year.
Sync your calendars
You can get school calendar events synced automatically with other computer applications, like Outlook or with your mobile device by clicking on appropriate links below.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Student Organizations are an important part of campus life at The Gregory School. They connect students, create community and shape future leaders. Most clubs at The Gregory School are student initiated, giving students an outlet for their interests, curiosities, passions, and service commitments. Students at any grade level may select a topic of interest, write a club proposal, obtain a faculty advisor, and, once approved, promote their club to the student body.
Like a book club but for albums, we pick an album to listen to every week and discuss the album we picked the week before.
Learn about the game of Badminton, play badminton-related games, and participate in occasional tournaments.
Members meet monthly to discuss the book of choice with a primary focus on fiction works. The club also plans to start a book "give one-take one" exchange, and raise funds to donate towards spreading the love of reading.
Car Club is an organization for those who enjoy or appreciate cars and car culture. (Students should have an interest in learning about cars of all types.)
Students will be trained in the art of improvisation, and will plan and organize comedy shows for the community. The goal is to promote creativity, quick thinking and teamwork - and have fun.
Students plan events such as Shakespeare sonnet delivery, perform at morning meetings, and facilitate projects and performances.
Dream Catchers Foundation
DreamCatchers empowers students and their local communities to fulfill the end-of-life dreams of hospice patients and creates powerful connections for younger and older generations.
Dungeons & Dragons Club
A club to explore your imagination with the fascinating world of Dungeons and Dragons.
Watch and play video games to learn performance strategies with an ultimate goal to compete with other schools in E-gaming leagues.
Educate students on the opportunities and importance of engineering, as well as developing and completing engineering-related projects.
The farmyard at TGS is a caring place for students to have real, interactive, compassionate experiences. Students practice responsibility for the health, welfare, and contentment of these animals. Students also build friendly relationships with animals and peers in this precious, peaceful space. Our farmyard learning space complements TGS’s rich and varied program of study fostering personal wholeness.
Learn about historical fashion throughout the centuries, subculture fashion, current trends, and prediction of future fashion trends.
Students will learn the art of fencing. Practices will include warmups, drills and bouting. Meetings and discussions will include news from Fencing around the world (e.g., Olympics, new strategies, etc)
Students gain the knowledge and resources to make their amazing short films over the course of the year. At the end of the year, we hope to organize the first annual TGS film festival, where students can showcase their work. We will teach students everything about the process of filmmaking, from screenwriting to editing, and give them the steps to apply this knowledge to create their own stories.
FIRST Lego League
FIRST Lego League is a guided global robotics competition based on theme-based challenges. Students collaborate to design, build, and test robots using Lego technology, apply real-world math and science concepts, and learn critical thinking, collaboration and presentation skills.
The French Club seeks to foster an appreciation of French-speaking cultures. Our aim is to create fun experiences, open to everyone in the school, which teach about those cultures. We sponsor movie events & crêpe parties, celebrate holidays, and do informative presentations to the school. We design a t-shirt almost every year to create a spirit of unity. We do various fundraisers and usually use the money to provide Christmas presents to a refugee family in Tucson.
Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA)
Students will address and discuss issues of interest to and facing the LGBTQIA community and allies.
Students meet to examine and support global women’s issues (e.g., period poverty, the wage gap, education deficits, and bodily autonomy) by fundraising locally and using critical thinking skills to generate solutions.
The Gregorian Chant
The Gregorian Chant is The Gregory School’s student-run, award winning newspaper. Students enrolled in journalism class write news and feature articles, research and interview subjects, solicit advertisements, edit, layout and publish “The Chant”, as it is fondly called. Journalism is not a club but an Upper School class offered for credit. However, student staff reporters are passionate about creating a high quality product and devote considerable time outside of class to make sure that The Chant is interesting, relevant and attractive to the TGS community.
International Culture Club
International Culture Club students will study different cultures, lifestyles, and cuisines. Members will raise funds in support of international charities and causes.
The Investment Club works to educate the student body on the importance of saving, how to do so in the best manner, and teaching people different ways to invest.
Junior Statespeople of America (JSA)
We meet up to discuss current issues and then debate (formally and informally). There are both National and State chapters that we are loosely affiliated with.
Literary Magazine: The Collective
The Collective is an online magazine that features the creative works of students and alumni from The Gregory School. Poetry, essays, and photographs are among the most frequently represented genres from our students grades 5-12. The website also accepts audio and video submissions. The magazine is completely student-run. The editorial staff of The Gregory Muse works weekly during the lunch hour culling submissions, maintaining the website, and raising funds for an eventual printed edition. The school has a long-standing tradition of inspiring creative thinkers, and the literary magazine is one manifestation of an inspired student body.
Mock Trial helps students study law, public speaking, and debate. A Mock Trial is a competition in which students simulate a real trial. The team prepares an argument for both sides of the case (prosecution/plaintiff and defense) and goes on to compete against other schools in Arizona.
National Junior Arts Honor Society
Open to 7th and 8th grade students, this society is for keen artists interested in making arts and crafts for the betterment of the community.
National Junior Classical League
Not My Generation
Students speaking out against gun violence. Learn about activism and petitioning. We benefit our community by learning ways to help stop shootings and educate others on the dangers of gun violence.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind emphasizes creativity, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Its mission is to promote critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
Foster an understanding of the complexity, precision, and culture of the art form of Origami.
Roots and Shoots
The Gregory School SEAL (Students Enhancing Athletic Leadership) Club works to raise awareness of school athletics and create an inclusive culture of Middle and High School athletes.
Software Development Club
Members will learn coding skills, compete in App building contests, and host guest speakers in the computer science field.
Students who have successfully completed STEM courses serve as tutors to assist students currently enrolled in STEM courses. Students interested in serving as tutors should contact club leaders for information on upcoming training.
The student council strives to maximize the quality of student life by being the eyes, ears, and voice of the student body. The objective of the Student Council of the Gregory School is to represent student interest, needs and welfare within the campus community on issues affecting student life. This is done by initiating and coordinating student activities, representing student ideas and to the faculty and administration, and providing a physical and social environment in which to achieve the above objectives. Congruent with this is the development of leadership and teamwork within the student council in carrying out the duties of the student council.
Participants will study eight basic moves designed to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and increase feelings of wellness. Chinese culture will also be studied. Participants may attend as they are able.
Young Writers Club
We will detail the publishing process and go through similar motions (brainstorming, drafting, editing, formatting, printing, etc.), all leading up to the end-of-year book launch event, in which you can premiere your printed pieces to your friends, family, and the TGS community! The options for your piece are broken down into two categories: print books and comic books. Print books involve novels, short story collections, poetry, fanfiction, scripts, etc., and comic books are, just that, comic books and graphic novels.