Extracurricular activities and athletics

At a cost of only one to three percent (or less in many cases) of an overall school's budget, high school activity programs are one of today’s best bargains. It is in these vital programs – sports, music, speech, theatre, debate – where young people learn lifelong lessons that complement the academic lessons taught in the classroom. From a cost standpoint, activity programs are an exceptional bargain when matched against the overall school district’s education budget.

Here are some of the key benefits of joining in on an extracurricular activity at school.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its member state associations champion interscholastic sports and performing arts activities because they promote citizenship and sportsmanship in the 11 million students who participate nationwide. Activity programs instill a sense of pride in school and community, teach lifelong lessons and skills of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitate the physical and emotional development of the nation’s youth.


Illinois High School Association

Arts & Culture. Participation in co-curricular clubs and activities is strongly encouraged for each boy at Glenwood High School.

Did you click the link at the end of the blog post? You will find the answer (and the legal authority) for this question-
Can my child’s IEP include extracurricular activities and after-school programs?


The Case for High School Activities - NFHS

Coulee Hartline School District complies with federal and state rules and regulations by not discriminating in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in all educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities. A variety of educational programs are offered for all students upon enrollment in the Coulee-Hartline School District. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the Title IX Officer: Coulee-Hartline-Kelley Boyd/James Evans; Civil Rights Coordinator: Kelley Boyd; Section 504 Officer Dan O’Connor

Extracurricular Activities on Your Resume - Wetfeet

Have you documented, in writing, your concerns? Have you documented the numerous requests you’ve made for an aide for extracurricular activities? Have you documented the school’s response – “that they do not have to address afterschool extracurricular programs” – because it doesn’t meet an educational need?

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Additionally, although many benefits are cited, several of the studies reviewed for making the Case for High School Activities noted the importance of being intentional about teaching the values, life skills, and other characteristics or behaviors it is hoped young people will obtain from participation in co-curricular activities to assure and strengthen the acquiring of these skills. Although, one or two of the studies above mention student activity participants learning life skills which may not seem to be directly taught, authors of some of the studies caution against assuming too much, particularly around values, life skills, and other positive youth development attributes. More will be accomplished for more students if coaches and other activity leaders are intentional and deliberately, directly, and diligently teach the values, life skills, and positive youth development characteristics they want their student athletes and activity participants to learn and acquire.

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Secondary schools and colleges alike emphasize the importance of extracurricular activities, but sometimes it can be difficult for students to see just how the extra time and dedication will benefit them. From strengthening the mind to promoting better time management skills, extracurricular activities can help students succeed in much more than just their academic endeavors.