All our students are asked to participate in at least one extracurricular activity during the school year. High school extracurricular activities offer a multitude of benefits that extend beyond the classroom, enriching students’ lives and shaping their character. Participating in these activities can foster a strong work ethic, encourage other-centeredness, and create a sense of belonging – all of which have a host of positive impacts both in and out of school.
Improving Grades: Engaging in extracurricular activities often goes hand in hand with improved academic performance. This is because these activities teach students valuable time management skills. When students must balance their schoolwork with their commitments to clubs, sports teams, or other groups, they learn to prioritize and manage their time effectively. This skill can translate into better study habits and, consequently, higher grades.
Work Ethic: Many extracurricular activities, such as sports teams, music ensembles, or drama clubs, demand dedication, discipline, and hard work. Students involved in these pursuits often develop a strong work ethic. They understand the importance of practice, perseverance, and consistent effort, qualities that can benefit them not only in their extracurricular pursuits but also in their academic endeavors and future careers.
Other-Centeredness: Extracurricular activities often involve collaboration and interaction with peers and mentors. Volunteering, for example, encourages students to consider the needs of others and work towards a common goal. This fosters empathy, teamwork, and a sense of responsibility for the welfare of their community, helping students become more other-centered individuals.
Personal Growth and Well-Being: Extracurricular activities contribute to a student’s personal growth and overall well-being. They provide a platform for students to explore their passions, talents, and interests outside the classroom, helping them discover their identity and purpose. This holistic approach to education can lead to happier, more fulfilled individuals who are better equipped to navigate the challenges of high school and beyond.
Sense of Belonging: High school can be a challenging and isolating time for some students, but extracurricular activities provide a sense of belonging. Joining a club or team offers students the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share their interests and passions. This sense of belonging can boost self-esteem, reduce feelings of isolation, and create a supportive social network.
- Physical Fitness
- Time Management
- Academic Excellence
- Critical Thinking
- College/Career Preparation
- Sense of Community
- Other Centeredness
Music & Arts
- Creative Expression
- Cultural Enrichment
- Spatial/Temporal Skills