Student Life: Clubs & Organizations

Co-curriculars are a significant component of the educational experience. Bellarmine promotes your son's participation in co-curriculars by providing an extensive offering, listed below, and hopes that he will take the opportunity to engage with the school and his classmates outside of the classroom, further shaping his future through the development of friendships, self-confidence, leadership skills and creativity.


With more than 100 clubs on campus, opportunities abound for students to learn, play and grow as a community, bonded by a shared interest in culture, service, sports, activism, pop culture, politics, food, math, music ... the options are limitless. A student-driven idea and a staff moderator - and it's off and running.

Club List 2016-2017

Contact: Simi Patel

Club Sports

Club Sports

In addition to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) -sponsored sports included under the umbrella of our athletics program, Bellarmine offers students the opportunity to participate in four club sports: ice hockey, roller hockey, rugby and ultimate frisbee. More information about these clubs can be found on the Club Sports page of our Athletics site.

Ice Hockey Moderator: Michael Parissenti

Roller Hockey Moderator: Michael Parissenti

Rugby Moderators: Terry Ryan

Ultimate Frisbee Moderator: Nick Creech  

Associated Student Body (ASB)

The Associated Student Body is the formal student government of Bellarmine College Preparatory. The council is composed of the ASB Executive Officers (President, Vice President, Spirit Commissioner, Treasurer, Secretary and Communication Commissioner), elected class officers and voluntary members at large. It gathers once a week for Rep Council meetings and once or twice a month for committee meetings. Rep Council meetings are open to the entire student body.

The ASB serves three important functions:

  • organizing and supporting student life on campus through events such as Spirit Week and the night rally, Club Day, the blood drive, The Battle of the Bands and dances
  • acting as the organizing body in charge of club approval and funding
  • serving as the voice of the student body by being a liaison between the students, faculty and administration.

Contact an ASB Rep to bring up a concern or present an idea you have for BCP.

Moderator: Simi Patel

Big Brothers

The Big Brother Program is designed to help freshman successfully transition into Bellarmine.  Because Big Brothers are upper classmen, they can identify with any feelings of anxiety and are uniquely qualified to help new students find their place on campus.

Moderator: Kathy Shanley



The Bellarmine Robotics Team, which is 100+ members strong, is recognized as one of the top teams in the country. Team 254, also known as The Cheesy Poofs, competes in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and VEX regional, state and national tournaments.

Previous robotics and/or programming experience is not required to join the team. However, due to the highly-competitive nature of the team, students must submit an application if they'd like to participate, with mentors selecting team members based upon their passion and dedication. Mentors, moderators and team members are available to help new members learn the tasks that are of interest to them, whether that means being machine-trained on the lathe or drill press, or leaning Solidworks, CAD or C++.

Team 254 also utilizes their members' writing, animation and photography skills to publish a team newsletter and maintain a club website.

Moderators: Peng Yav (FIRST) and Brad Lindemann (VEX)

Speech and Debate

Bellarmine Speech and Debate is recognized at both the state and national level as a highly-competitive program. One of the largest co-curriculars at the school with approximately 150 participants and eight coaches, Bellarmine has won nine consecutive state team championships (2005-2014) and has earned the highest level of team excellence awards at the national level for the last eight years. These awards are most meaningful as a demonstration of Bellarmine's commitment to teaching students the essential life skills of listening, communication, research, writing, and organization.

The competitive calendar begins in September and ends in June, but most team members also prepare throughout the summer.  Students compete locally, throughout the state and/or throughout the country. In all cases, they keep in mind the broader goals of Bellarmine in general and of the team in particular.

Program Director: Aaron Langerman

Theatre Arts Program

Bellarmine runs a full theatre season - fall drama, winter musical and spring comedy - in the Main Stage Theatre in the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts. Upwards of 200 students are involved in the program every year, inclusive of stage performers, musical accompaniment and technical theatre/stagecraft crew. The technical theatre/stagecraft component gives students an opportunity to learn stage design, construction, lighting design, sound design, stage management, sales and marketing.

Program Chair: Gregg Carlson

Our Theatre Arts program also includes two resident improv comedy troupe, Sanguine Humours and Nonsensicals. Students audition to become a member of Sanguine, whereas Nonsensicals is open to all students. Sanguine performs free lunchtime shows and two mainstage shows per year, which raise funds for various charities. Nonsensicals meets in Sobrato's Black Box Theatre on Tuesdays at lunch to hone their skills, laugh and play improv games.

Moderators: Peter Canavese, Russ Marcel 


Each summer, a dozen Bellarmine student-editors create the concept that will serve as the basis for chronicling and archiving the events of the upcoming school year. The lens they choose will be the defining way that current students and alumni will remember Bellarmine in the future. The staff of approximately forty members collaborate on copy, design and photography from August through June, helping the editors put all the necessary parts together to represent each school event, from those in the classroom to those on the playing field.

Moderator: Erin Crase

Yell Leaders

Bellarmine has a long and proud tradition of school spirit, as anyone who has attended a Bellarmine sporting event can attest. Our Yell Leaders along with Bellarman, our school mascot, get the cheering going and keep the crowds engaged.

Moderator: Michelle Toy, Wil Vargas

What's Going On

  • Stellar Finish for Bells at National Speech & Debate Tournament

    Posted June 24, 2019

    For the past week, DeeDee Sullivan, Ani Prabhu ’16 (assistant coach for policy debate), Xavier Liu ’17 (assistant coach for speech), and Aaron Langerman have led a contingent of Bellarmine speech and debaters through the National Tournament in Dallas, TX. The speech and debaters endured five days of competition in the behemoth Sheraton hotel complex, where thousands of students from across the country waited in Disneyland-sized lines to take the elevators to compete in… hotel rooms.

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  • Bellarmine Chancellor Receives Honorary Doctorate

    Posted June 20, 2019

    San Jose, CA – Reverend Gerald T. Wade, S.J., chancellor of Bellarmine College Preparatory, its former president, and an alumnus of the all-boys Jesuit high school, is the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Santa Clara University (SCU), given to him at SCU’s 168th Commencement held on June 15, 2019. Friend and Bellarmine colleague, Rev. Richard Cobb, S.J., introduced the honor, with the degree conferred by Rev. Michael Engh, S.J., president of SCU.

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  • Team 254 FIRST Championship Finalists

    Team 254 Reaches Finals of FIRST Championship

    Posted April 22, 2019

    Team 254, the Cheesy Poofs, spent the days leading up to spring break participating in the FIRST Championship in Houston, TX. After winning the Turing subdivision, the Poofs moved through round-robin matches to qualify for the championship game. Although they did not win the world championship this year (Team 254 holds four championship titles), the team put forth amazing effort, and represented Bellarmine well, displaying tremendous dedication and sportsmanship throughout the four-day tournament.

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  • Bells Named to All-Bay Area News Group Basketball Team

    Posted March 29, 2019

    Congratulations to Kiran Kruse '19 and Quinn Denker '20 who were recognized as being among the top basketball players from the East Bay, South Bay and Peninsula by the Mercury News.

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  • K-Bell Turns 35

    Posted March 19, 2019

    The 35th annual Kiwanis-Bellarmine track meet, i.e., K-Bell, was held on March 9th at Westmont High School. The joint venture between Bellarmine and the Kiwanis Club of West San Jose has become one of the premiere track and field events in the area, the proceeds of which go entirely to charity.

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