From athletic state titles and a record number of all-state dancers to STEM robotics championships and “Disney in Schools” musical performances, Dallas ISD trustees were briefed on the many ways schools are getting more students involved in extracurricular activities.
Dallas ISD is focused on boosting student participation in extracurricular activities because of the positive impact it has on students. The district is well on track to meet its 2018–2019 goal of having 76 percent of students involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
Dallas ISD offers more than 200 extracurricular and after-school programs for students in pre-K through grade 12 at no cost. The activities are designed to meet the specific needs and interests of students and provide them with an opportunity of experiencing activities they might have access to otherwise.
“Research shows that extracurricular participation is positively associated with student academic success, increases in attendance, and aspirations for continuing education beyond high school,” said Sherry West Christian, Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. “Participation in extracurricular activities also promotes social growth by strengthening relationships and building self-confidence.”
This school year’s accomplishments in extracurricular activities include: