Extracurricular activities are a large and important part of a child’s academic career. Almost every high school in the US offers some type of extracurricular activity, such as music, academic clubs, and sports.
Because they provide opportunities for reinforcing lessons learned in the classroom and applying academic skills in a real-world context, extracurricular activities are considered part of a well-rounded education, the US Department of Education says.
But time students devote to sports, performing arts, clubs, or part-time jobs is undeniably time taken away from academic studies. It’s easy for active high school students to find themselves overcommitted and stressed out. At some point, if students don’t know how to balance school and sports, they won’t be getting what they should out of school or their extracurriculars.
Balancing academics and sports—or other activities—in high school is possible, and for many students, necessary. For online school students, it is often easier than it is for students in brick-and-mortar schools. Freedom and flexibility are hallmarks of online school, such as Connections Academy® free online K-12 at-home schools.