Extracurricular Activities for High School Students

Extracurricular activities are intended to help students become involved at school or within their community. This article provides an overview of different types of extracurricular activities students can choose from and their benefits.

Find available tutors

With the pressure of taking advanced placement (AP) courses or preparing for the SATs, many high school students may not become involved in activities or clubs outside of school. But extracurricular activities are important in high school, especially for those students who intend to move onto college. Colleges look at academic performance as well as a student's involvement on campus or in the community. Listed below are several ways for a student to become involved.


Many high schools offer a variety of clubs for students to choose from. Students interested in participating in community service activities with other students may want to consider a club like Key Club www.keyclub.org. Other students may want to help within their school community and might consider joining ASB (associated student body government) or Best Buddies, www.bestbuddies.org, which places students in mentoring roles for students with disabilities. Students may also choose clubs that focus on their hobbies such as learning a foreign language or playing computer games. If the school doesn't have a club for the student's interest, he could speak with a teacher and petition for the club to be created.


The types of sports available for students to play vary depending upon the school. Most schools have basketball, football, baseball, softball, and soccer teams. If the school doesn't have a sport your student is interested in, or if he is unable to make the team, he might consider joining a league sponsored by the local community center. Often, community centers offer a variety of sports for students of various ages. Those interested in high school sports may want to visit HighSchoolSports.Net www.highschoolsports.net.


Having a part-time job is another excellent way for a student to get involved in the community. Part-time jobs are a good way for students to develop work skills and learn how to interact in a grown-up environment. Some students may choose volunteer jobs such as tutoring. Part-time and volunteer jobs may show college admission boards how responsible and mature a student is since a job involves an array of responsibilities. For more information on student jobs, try Job Star, jobstar.org or Enterprise for High School Students, www.ehss.org.

Whether a student joins a club, plays a sport, or has a part-time job, students should select activities based on personal interests. Choosing something that interests you makes the experience more enjoyable and beneficial.

Did you find this useful? If so, please let others know!

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

  • More Blog Articles
    Should Your Child Finish High School Before Learning to Drive?

    One method that seems to be fairly effective with many kids who are not doing well in school is to take away something they enjoy, such as TV, video games or cell phones. Some state governments have even enacted laws wherein licenses are taken away from those who drop out of school. Is this too much government interference?...

  • More Blog Articles
    Pepper Spraying Students: High School Security Gone Awry

    When students feel unsafe in school, they should be able to trust in the school's security officers. But in Birmingham, it's the security officers who are making the students feel unsafe. Their aggressive use of pepper spray is causing controversy and heightening friction with students.

We Found 7 Tutors You Might Be Interested In

Huntington Learning

  • What Huntington Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • One on one tutoring
  • Every Huntington tutor is certified and trained extensively on the most effective teaching methods
In-Center and Online


  • What K12 offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Has a strong and effective partnership with public and private schools
  • AdvancED-accredited corporation meeting the highest standards of educational management
Online Only

Kaplan Kids

  • What Kaplan Kids offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Customized learning plans
  • Real-Time Progress Reports track your child's progress
Online Only


  • What Kumon offers:
  • In-center tutoring
  • Individualized programs for your child
  • Helps your child develop the skills and study habits needed to improve their academic performance
In-Center and Online

Sylvan Learning

  • What Sylvan Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • Sylvan tutors are certified teachers who provide personalized instruction
  • Regular assessment and progress reports
In-Home, In-Center and Online

Tutor Doctor

  • What Tutor Doctor offers:
  • In-Home tutoring
  • One on one attention by the tutor
  • Develops personlized programs by working with your child's existing homework
In-Home Only


  • What TutorVista offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Student works one-on-one with a professional tutor
  • Using the virtual whiteboard workspace to share problems, solutions and explanations
Online Only

Our Commitment to You

  • Free Help from Teachers

  • Free Learning Materials

  • Helping Disadvantaged Youth