Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wickam, Molly


The purpose of this thesis was to analyze research linking extracurricular activity participation and impacts on adolescent outcomes. The research question was: What impact does participation in organized extracurricular activities have on the academic outcomes of American high school students? Modern secondary activities programs have become massive in breadth and cost, and studies showed that about 70% of students took part in an activity during high school. The research reviewed highlighted positive outcomes related to participation, including academic achievements, GPA and grades. There were positive impacts for students considered at-risk, and a notable negative outcome connecting athletic participation and alcohol use. Educators should understand activities are a positive extension of the classroom, and social aspects of activities can lead to negative effects.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis