Extracurricular Activities

The Benefits Extracurriculars Have on Students

Supporting Facts

1. Leadership


  • Independence
  • Skill improvement
  • Growth


2. Preparing for College and Your Career


  • Social Skills
  • Time-Management Skills
  • Academic and Professional Performance


3. Academic Performance


  • Increased participation
  • Higher GPA
  • Higher academic achievement


4. Social Development


  • Self-confidence
  • Commitment
  • Discipline


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