Co-curricular activities are activities that take place outside the classroom but reinforce or supplement classroom curriculum in some way. They are ungraded and do not offer any form of academic credit, but they do provide complementary learning of some form. Examples of co-curricular activities might include National Honor Society, student council, school sports teams, math clubs, chess clubs, talent shows, spelling bees, writing competitions, debates, mock trials, school newspapers, and drama productions. All of these activities take place outside the traditional classroom and offer no grade or academic credit, but they provide supplementary and complementary instruction and education for students.
Co-curricular activities can provide students with a lot of interesting and important experiences outside the traditional classroom. There are many advantages to involvement in co-curricular activities, including:
- Allowing students to explore strengths and talents outside of academics
- Helping students develop stronger time-management and organizational skills
- Teaching the importance of following through on commitments
- Giving students the opportunity to build friendships and participate in group activities outside of the tight circle of the regular classroom
- Helping to build confidence and self-esteem
- Providing a way to keep students supervised outside of school hours