Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wickam, Molly


Extracurricular activities have become very common in the day-to-day life of high school students, however, the reason for participating as well as the impacts may be different for each student. The purpose of this literature review is to understand the impacts of extracurricular activities on high school students and how participation in extracurricular activities impacts high school students’ academic performance and social-emotional learning. In addition, the literature review examines if the breadth and intensity of extracurricular activity participation can change those impacts for high school students. The research explores five main categories of activities and the impacts participating in the particular activities has on high school students. The examination of the research indicates that students who participate in extracurricular activities find positive attributes, academically and in social-emotional development, that help them both in high school and in their future.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis