For any students at charter schools, public high schools or college prep boarding schools around the country, extracurricular activities are just as important — if not more important — as academic opportunities. However, attending a school with a multitude of extracurricular offerings can be overwhelming for the more indecisive among the student body. How do you choose which extracurricular activities are right for you?
Athletics vs. the Arts
While there are many different extracurricular activities offered at college prep boarding schools, extracurriculars generally fall into one of two main groups: athletics and artistic endeavors. If your child is interested in learning how to play on team sports and maneuver her body, a sporting activity such as cheerleading, golf or rock climbing might suit her interests.
If your child is more in tune with his left brain, he might be more attuned to the arts. Consider theater, classical music, music performance or ceramics. Students who have already learned the fundamentals of the arts, such as drawing or playing the piano, might want to continue with their musical or artistic expertise.
Learning New Skills
Enrollment in college prep boarding schools also brings with it the chance to learn new skills that your student may not otherwise have had the opportunity to learn. The programs offered at college prep boarding schools differ from school to school: At Wasatch Academy, students can learn everything from Model United Nations to skateboarding and BMX biking, to the Japanese martial art of Aikido. If your child wants to get the most out of his boarding school education, a non-traditional extracurricular activity might be right for him.
Get Out and Explore
At Wasatch Academy, students also have the opportunity to get outside and explore the natural environment of Mt. Pleasant, Utah. With activities such as hiking, camping and rock climbing, students can get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Let Your Child Choose Her Own Path
One of the benefits of boarding schools is that students get the chance to enjoy their high school life outside of the immediate view of their parents. Use this opportunity to allow your child to find her own passions. In the end, whatever activity your child chooses is the activity that is right for her.