Clubs & Activities

The various clubs at Belen Jesuit foster the intellectual and moral growth of the student, further allowing them to meet the profile of a Jesuit Graduate at Graduation.  Furthermore, all clubs have a mission statement which is aligned with our school's mission, and promotes the Jesuit ideal of Men for Others.

Student Council

The Belen Jesuit Student Council involves extraordinary leadership, dedication, and commitment to campus life. The council's main priorities involve planning and funding major school events, providing hospitality for school functions, donating financial and physical resources to various school-wide projects, and providing leadership examples for the entire school community. The moderator is Mr. Matthew Jordan.

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Academic Teams

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  • Chess Club

    All Belen students are invited to join, both in the Middle School and in the High School. Both absolute beginners and experienced players are welcome, whether they are interested in recreational play or competitive training. Any student who wants to compete in chess tournaments must become a member of the United States Chess Federation. The moderator of the Chess Wolverines is Dr. Lawrence Goodall.
  • Computer Science Club

    The Computer Science Club is a group dedicated to exploring the future professional opportunities in the field of Computer Science.  Open to students of all grades, students engage with computer programming tutorials, and may enter into local competitions depending on their interests. Club moderator is Mrs. Maria Sanchez-Gallardo.
  • Junior & Seniors Thespians

    Moderator:
    Mr. Pancho Padura
    fpadura@belenjesuit.org
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  • Mock Trial Club

    Moderator:
    Mr. Alexander Peña '06
    apena@belenjesuit.org

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  • Model United Nations

    The Model United Nations program is a simulation of the United Nations. Students are assigned to be a delegate from a country. They then research that country and investigate international current issues. At MUN conferences, delegates representing nation-states from all over the world then deliberate, debate, and develop peaceful solutions to world conflicts. Participants in MUN benefit by advancing in the areas of public speaking, diplomacy and global awareness. The moderator for the club is Ms. Ann Kenna
  • National Speech and Debate Association

    The Belen Speech and Debate Team provides its students with a team oriented setting and an opportunity to improve their research, argumentation, and public speaking skills while competing against students from all over the country. Over the past 10 years the Belen Forensics Team has established itself as one of the top teams in the state of Florida and is well respected on the national stage.
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  • Robotics & VEX IQ Robotics Team

    Moderator:
    Mr. Peter Perez
    pperez@belenjesuit.org


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  • St. Bernard Fencing Club

    The Belen St. Bernard Fencing Club offers fencing instruction to all of its members. Fencing is a long-standing tradition at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. Fr. Pedro Cartaya, S.J. ’54 remembers that when he was a student at Belen, the school had a fencing club. St. Ignatius of Loyola himself, was a master fencer in his youth.
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Honor Societies

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  • Chinese National Honor Society

    The National Chinese Honor Society (NCHS) was established in 1993 to recognize those accomplished high school students who study Chinese as a world language. The National Chinese Honor Society is a scholastic organization that promotes and recognizes students who demonstrate citizenship, leadership, and community service. The purpose of the National Chinese Honor Society is to encourage its members to become life-long learners to gain a better understanding of Chinese language and culture, as well as to play an active role as a contributing global citizen in the twenty-first century. The club moderator is Mrs. Hsiao Chi Chiu.
  • French National Honor Society

  • Junior National Honor Society

    The Junior National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes excellence in academics, personal demeanor, school leadership, and community service. The moderator of the National Junior Honor Society is Ms. Raquel Garcia.
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  • Mu Alpha Theta

    Mu Alpha Theta is Belen Jesuit’s Mathematics Honor Society. It is a club for individuals who excel in mathematics, enjoy problem solving and believe in helping others through peer tutoring. The Honor Society is open to tenth through twelfth graders who are currently enrolled in an honors or AP Math course and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Membership is both an honor and a commitment. The moderators are Mrs. Olga Ramon and Mr. Beaton.
  • National Art Honor Society

    The Belen chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) provides a venue for recognition of the artistic talents at Belen. The moderator for the club is Mr. Ignaco Font.
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  • National English Honor Society

    The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. The club moderator is Mr. Carlos Maza.
  • National Honor Society

    The National Honor Society is a national organization open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who excel in the areas of academics, leadership, service, and character. The moderator for the club is Mrs. Dolores Toledo.
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  • National Science Honor Society

    The Belen Science National Honor Society is the school's society for the best and most active students in the areas of science. The moderator for the club is Dr. Pedro Hernandez.
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  • National Senior Beta Club

    The National Senior Beta Club is an organization that promotes the ideals of academic achievement and character and strives to develop leadership skills as well as encourages serving others. The moderator is Mrs. Marisol Sosa.
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  • Quill and Scroll

    We publish a variety of publications for the school including the yearbook, the alumni magazines, and we broadcast through WBLN. The moderator for the club is Ms. Sujayla Collins.
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  • Social Studies Honor Society

    The Belen Chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honors Society ("Rho Kappa") is an honors society dedicated to the those in the high school student body who are interested and excel in the area of social studies. The club is moderated by Dr. Francisco Tudela.
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  • Spanish Honor Society

    La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and was established in 1953 for Spanish students for the purpose of recognizing high achievement in Spanish by students of secondary schools and to promote continued interest in Hispanic studies. Members of "La Sociedad" must promote and preserve an interest in Hispanic studies and culture, and must be model examples of the honor code and of what a man for others should truly be. The moderator for the club is Ms. Annette Anton
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society

    Belen Jesuit is proud to announce its continuous involvement in the Tri-M Music Honor Society since 2012.  The National Mission of Tri M is to "inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service and promote leadership in the music students of secondary schools." The Belen Chapter of Tri-M has worked over the last few years to create awareness during March with our "Music in Schools" awareness program by highlighting the different Belen Bands each Wednesday during March, Music Clubs, Faculty participation (Central Patio Karaoke), and Student Appreciation (music before and after school in the Central Patio). Additionally, the Belen Jazz Band goes each year to a nursing home in South Dade to entertain during the Christmas Season.
    We are proud to say that  95% of students enrolled in the band program qualify for admission to Tri-M by meeting the 3.5  scholarship requirement for admission. All High School students participating in the band program, involved in a music club (Esto Vir, Note.ables, Thespians in a musical) who meet the chapter's requirements for admission are invited to become members of Tri M.  Each member must renew his commitment yearly, and remain in good standing by maintaining the academic requirement and mandatory music related service hours (5) in addition to the schools yearly service hour requirement for each grade level.    Students in this club pledge to foster an awareness and love of music in their communities.
     
    Tri-M is under the sponsorship and supervision of The National Association fro Music Education NAfMe.

Enrichment Clubs

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  • American Sign Language Club

    The club provides students with the opportunity to learn about or further their knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture. Students are exposed to sign language vocabulary, fingerspelling, and basic communication strategies through games, films, guest speakers, and other activities.  The club moderator is Mrs. Ana Suarez. 
     
  • Archery Club

    The Belen Archery Club is a competitive sports club.  Members compete in local and statewide tournaments.  Training is ongoing with a Junior Olympic certified coach.  Members must join the Florida Archery Association in order to compete in varied tournaments.

    Moderator: 
    Mr. Andres Jimenez '87
    ajimenez@belenjesuit.org
  • Astronomy Club

    The Astronomy Club has its roots in the Astronomy and Meteorology Department of  the Belen School in Havana, Cuba and the Jesuit tradition of scientific studies.

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  • BARC Club

    Moderator:
    Mrs. Teresita Gonzalez
    tgonzalez@belenjesuit.org
  • Be the Light

    Moderator:
    Mrs. Barbara Acosta
    bacosta@belenjesuit.org
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  • Belen Wolfpack (Special Olympics)

    Moderators:
    Mrs. Teresita Gonzalez
    tgonzalez@belenjesuit.org

    Yanitza Iglesias
    yiglesiascallejas@belenjesuit.org
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  • Boy Scouts Troop 43

    Moderator:
    Mr. Matthew Jordan '08
    majordan@belenjesuit.org
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  • Brothers Club

    Moderator:
    Mrs. Sylvia Davalos
    sdavalos@belenjesuit.org
  • Builders Club

    Builder's Club is a national organization for middle school students that aims at building leadership through service.  The vision is to develop competent, capable, and caring leaders that will have an innate desire to serve the community and be living examples of the MAGIS.  Students will work closely with faculty and other members of clubs in order to plan, execute, and reflect on local projects.  The Builders Club will elect officials and conduct regular meetings.  Together, the members of the Builder's Club will be able to share their time, treasures, and talents for the Greater Glory of God.
  • D20 Club

    Moderator:
    Dr. Luis Dinnella-Borrego
    ldinnellaborrego@belenjesuit.org
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  • DECA

    The Belen Jesuit DECA club is a competitive business club.  "DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management 
    in high schools and colleges around the globe."  "The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities."

    Moderator:
    Mr. Andres Jimenez '87
    ajimenez@belenjesuit.org
  • French Club

    The Belen Jesuit French Club is an active organization that seeks to educate its members and the Belen community about French culture. The moderator for the club is Ms. Maria I. Alonso
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  • Green Club

    The Green Club emphasizes a localized practical approach for the Belen Jesuit community to do something in favor of the environment. The moderator for the club is Ms. Sylvia Davalos.
     
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  • History Club

    Moderator:
    Dr. Luis Dinnella-Borrego
    ldinnellaborrego@belenjesuit.org
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  • Hope for Kasai

    Moderator:
    Ms. Margarita Guerrero
    mguerrero@belenjesuit.org
  • Key Club

    The Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Key Club is a High School service organization. Member of Key Club International and part of the Kiwanis family. The club moderator is Mr. Johnny Calderin
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  • Matteo Ricci China Club

    Inspired by 16th century Italian Jesuit, Matteo Ricci, the Club’s mission is to better understand Chinese culture and customs, while actively supporting the missionary work of the Hispanic/Italian Catholic Community of Beijing. The club moderator is Mr. Charles Cleveland.
     
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  • Music Appreciation Society

    Moderator:
    Mr. Anthony Alexander
    aalexander@belenjesuit.org
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  • Operation Hope

    Operation Hope is a service organization dedicated to assisting people afflicted with medical issues, including cleft lips, cancer, and down syndrome. This work is accomplished through the participation in various activities throughout the year. The groups goal is to raise awareness and funds to provide opportunities and hope to those in need.

    The club moderator is Mrs. Maria D. Alonso.
     
  • Philosophy Club

    Moderators:
    Dr.Luis-Alejandro Dinnella-Borrego ldinnellaborrego@belenjesuit.org
    Michael Martinez, S.J. mmartinezsj@belenjesuit.org
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  • Political Discussion Club

    Moderator:
    Mr. Alexander Peña '06
    apena@belenjesuit.org
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  • Project Last Drop

    Moderator: 
    Mr. Carlos Maza
    cmaza@belenjesuit.org
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  • REACH

    Moderator:
    Mr. Severin Chambers
    schambers@belenjesuit.org
  • Respect Life Club

    Moderator:
    Mrs. Suzy Corzo
    scorzo@belenjesuit.org
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  • Statistics Club

  • STEAM Club

    Moderator: 
    Adriana Da Silva
    adasilva@belenjesuit.org
  • Student Advisor Program

    The Student Advisor Program is a peer mentoring program initiated by students in an effort to promote wellness and stress prevention among the student body.
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  • Video Game Club

    Moderator: 
    Mr. Jorge Muñoz Bustamante '69
    jmunoz-bustamante@belenjesuit.org
     
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BELEN JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email: webmaster@belenjesuit.org
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.