Students involved in multiple extracurricular activities tend to have higher GPAs

Studies nationally have cited many benefits relating to student participation in extracurricular activities. Students learn life skills such as teamwork, leadership, time management and work ethic. They develop healthy-living habits and self-confidence. They discover lifelong interests.

There is also evidence that shows a positive correlation between extracurricular activity participation and academic performance. Specifically, there is mounting data to support that students who participate in multiple extracurricular activities tend to have better attendance records, fewer discipline issues and higher GPAs.

Forest City CSD has been tracking high school activity participation rates and associated GPAs by grade level, gender and activities for eight years. We look at participation data because we are strong advocates of kids being involved. We also want to determine whether we have any gaps in the activities offered to ensure we provide a well-rounded educational system for all students. Finally, we wish to strive for the right balance of academics and activities.

Our data definitively supports the statement: Students who participate in activities have higher GPAs than those who do not participate. Here are a couple of facts:

• During the 2016-2017 school year, 308 of 387 students (79.58%) participated in at least one extracurricular activity.

• Students involved in zero activities consistently had a GPA below a 2.0.

• Students involved in two to three activities had around a 3.0 GPA or greater.

• Students involved in three to five activities achieved the highest GPAs, consistently greater than a 3.5.

Forest City CSD has a history of strong extracurricular activity participation rates. We also have tremendous community support, which is evident at the various arts and athletic events held in Forest City and in other communities. I would like to thank the many activity sponsors, coaches and volunteers who work with our kids every day to extend their learning outside of the classroom. Activity participation positively impacts our kids and forges a strong bond between the school and our community.

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