Facts & Stats About Extracurricular Activity Involvement [INFOGRAPHIC]

The results of several leading national surveys regarding participation in after-school activities overwhelmingly suggest that if extracurricular options are made available, students will not only take advantage of these opportunities, but they will seek them out.

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Participation

Among middle and high school students:

  • 79% regularly participate in after school or weekend activities
  • 57% participate in a non-school activity almost every day
  • 54% of participants would select a sports-based activity if given the option
  • 36% would select an activity outside of sports, such as music or dance

Types of Programs Available

  • Literacy support programs (reading or book clubs)
  • Physical fitness clubs (sports teams)
  • Area-specific enrichment programs such as science, technology, engineering, and math

Benefits of Participation

After-school programs can:

  • Improve academic performance
  • Foster positive classroom behavior
  • Reduce drug use and criminal behavior
  • Contribute to healthy eating and regular exercise

Challenges

  • Government Funding

Historically, government funding focuses more on funding programs intended to improve academic achievement and less on extracurriculars.

  • Availability

58% of parents say they have a harder time finding activities for their children over the summer, and 14% of parents report difficulties in finding extracurricular activities during the school year.

  • Family Interest

Only 55% of minority families feel their children would get more from an academic extracurricular program, and only 45% of low-income families, and 35% of higher-income families agree.

 

Despite the challenges, extracurricular activities provide many positive benefits and fill an important duty in rounding out the youth of America.