Co-Curricular Activities

What are co-curricular activities?
Extracurricular activities are those that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school.

Extracurricular activities are generally voluntary as opposed to mandatory, non-paying, social, philanthropic as opposed to scholastic, and often involve others of the same age. Students often organize and direct these activities under teacher sponsorship.

Activities that often involve some time commitment outside of the regular school day, such as sports and band, are also considered co-curricular activities.

Why does the school offer co-curricular activities?
Academics are an important part of each student's school year. Extracurricular activities are another component of a well-rounded education -- outside the regular academic program -- that may positively impact a student's success. Besides being fun and a great way to socialize with peers, co-curricular activities can enhance a student's time management and stress management skills, improving their overall productivity and academic performance. Extracurricular activities also increase a student's appeal when applying to college.

What co-curricular activities are offered at the school?
The following clubs and activities are offered and may be subject to the Eligibility Policy:

  • Amnesty International
  • Athletic Advisory
  • Class Officers
  • DECA
  • French Honor Society
  • Gamers Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Leo Club
  • Math Team
  • Model United Nations
  • National Honor Society
  • Production Company
  • Quiz Bowl Team
  • Robotics Team
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Stage Company
  • Student Council
  • Tri-M Honor Society
  • Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman Sports

To be eligible for such a commitment, the student (1) must be full time John Stark student and (2) must pass five classes in the previous marking period. This policy reflects our belief that the primary work of a student is his/her performance in the classroom. If this work is not completed to meet the minimum standard, it is unwise and counter-productive to encourage a student to take on additional responsibilities of time and commitment. There are no exceptions to this policy and there is no appeal process.

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