High school is more than just attending classes and making good grades. Students take full advantage of the opportunities high school affords them by exploring their interests and interacting with fellow students in activities and clubs. Schools offer a variety of activities for students to explore, from athletic activities to leadership clubs. Participating in these activities and clubs is especially beneficial for college-bound students, as the College Board indicates that universities like to see students with diverse interests who can balance school and extracurricular activities.
Career Development Clubs
Determining the right career path comes from exploring different options to learn what each career entails and how it fits your interests. High schools charter and develop clubs and organizations dedicated to students who want to own businesses, become teachers, doctors, lawyers and actors, among a host of other careers. Students participating in these clubs are active in the community and often compete against students on local, regional and sometimes national levels. Clubs like DECA (an association of marketing students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) have students compete against one another to test their business skills. Other career-oriented clubs include organizations for future teachers, debate and mock trial teams, and photography enthusiasts.
For students who excel academically or artistically, there are organizations like the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society and National Art Honor Society that reward students whose achievements are superior. Students who desire to be a part of high school honor societies are required to have grade point averages of at least 3.0, on a 4.0 scale, and may have to get nominated by teachers or request recommendation letters. While these organizations focus on scholarship, they also teach members leadership skills and encourage community service.
Community Service Organizations
Organizations like the Key Club International and Habitat for Humanity help students give back to their communities by participating in structured service learning activities. From cleaning a local park to distributing Thanksgiving baskets to the homeless, these organizations teach children the importance of reaching out a helping hand to those in need.
Cultural Awareness Clubs
Cultural clubs are formed by students who want to promote diversity awareness to the student body. These organizations explore cultures through history, food, dance and music.
Literary and Writing
Students with an interest in reading and writing may participate in high school activities and clubs that involve putting together the school yearbook, developing a literary magazine, a book reading club or a poetry club. These clubs help students hone their skills while receiving constructive feedback and participating in lively discussions.
Sports and Athletics
Whether formally joining a sports team or participating in intramural activities, high schools offer students a host of sports and athletics clubs. Helping students stay active and healthy, these clubs teach students the importance of teamwork, patience and practice.