Office of Student Activities and Athletics
Student Activities and Athletics provide a well-balanced activities program for all levels, and athletics for high school students.
Student Activities and Athletics is an integral part of the total school educational program. Fairfax County Public Schools stresses the importance of providing a well-balanced activities program to augment the learning activities of the classroom.
Student Activities and Athletics programs teach and reinforce, through empirical learning, lessons consistent with the goals set forth in the Portrait of a Graduate. Life lessons such as teamwork, goal-setting, time-management, sportsmanship, commitment, and leadership are taught through daily experiences and prepare students for future life challenges. Opportunities are provided at all levels and include participation in activities such as safety patrols, publications, student government, performing arts, honor societies, and special interest clubs, in addition to opportunities for student growth and enrichment through athletics. Most of the activities require only an interest, some a try-out, others a special skill, but there is something for everyone.
Benefits of Being Involved
Participation in student activities is truly a learning experience and an enhancement of the regular school day. National studies and research indicate that:
- Participation in activities and athletics promotes citizenship.
- Students involved in activities have higher grade point averages than nonparticipants.
- Students involved in activities have better attendance records than nonparticipants.
- Participation in school activities is one of the most accurate predictors of success after college.