10 Types of Extracurricular Activities

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If you have already considered the reasons why your school age child should join an extracurricular activity, your next step is to find such an activity.  Younger elementary age students may need a lot of direction to find the right activity.  For a high school age student, you may just want to suggest a few different possibilities and let them find an activity that they think sounds interesting or fun.

  Extracurricular activities help children gain new skills, learn to socialize, gain leadership ability and learn more about their own interests.  There are many different types of extracurricular activities your child can participate in.  Activities can be found for all school age groups.  


One of the most well-known after school activities.  Schools often have their own after school sports that are open to students attending a particular school.  Additionally, communities also often have their own sports leagues for kids and teens.  In medium to large cities, kids can often sign up for a school season and then play on a community league for a favorite sport, extending the time they can play that sport.


groups teach a  variety of skills include outdoor camping and recreation, financial literacy, self-care, and financial literacy.  Girl Scouts of America strives to offer a program to help develop girls into well-rounded leaders of tomorrow.


 Painting, drawing and craft classes and clubs are popular activities for school students to deepen their knowledge 

Service Organizations  

Junior versions of groups like Kiwanis and Lions are found in many communities.  Individual schools may have a welcome or friendship club.  Middle and High School honor societies often require community service projects.

Academic Extension  

Clubs or competitive teams form around academic topics.  Schools may have a math counts team that competes against other schools, similar to the way sports teams compete against one another.  After school science or gardening clubs can provide space and opportunity for students to work on their own projects and ideas while being supervised by a knowledgeable teacher.

Performing Arts

Dance, theater, and acting are all popular extracurricular activities found in almost every community.  Many schools will put on plays and other performances that students can try out for.  Other students may help build sets or make costumes.  


Band and choir are popular elective courses in many schools.  Other schools and community offer programs outside of the mandatory school day.  Children can also get private lessons or join a community youth orchestra or other music group.

Student Government  

is available from upper elementary grades through high school and most college campuses.

 Students can run and campaign in elections and help make decisions about important events for their school year class.  Many student governments also occasionally weigh in on school policy decisions.  

Student Media 

Today's schools have student newspapers, literary magazines, yearbook, video or audio school newscast, film clubs,  student created websites and more.  Today's school media clubs work hard to teach the skills that are used in today's media fields.  If your student likes to write or create films, student media groups can provide the chance to learn how to use new equipment, gain professional skills, and create a portfolio for future jobs and college applications.


From knitting to totally free-form creative writing, hobby clubs provide a chance for students to meet others with a common interest and add to their skill set.  

If your school-age students' school doesn't offer a particular extracurricular activity and there are several students interested, find out from your schools' administration what is needed to start such a club.  With enough student interest and an adult willing to help organize or supervise the students, almost any activity can be offered.

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