Our afterschool program is meant to serve our students. The activities encompass a broad range of focus areas including academic support, mentoring, youth development, arts, and sports and recreation. The activities in which the students engage while outside of school hours are critical to their development.
Afterschool programs generate positive outcomes for students including improved academic performance, classroom behavior, and health and nutrition. Our NPS community also benefits when our students have productive ways to spend their time.
Become a Better Student
Students who participate in after school activities often perform better in class compared to those who don’t participate in them. A study conducted in 2011 showed that high school students who attend after school programs are less likely to drop out, have better attendance records, and have a more positive attitude towards school. They also often had an increase in their GPA and standardized test scores, so participating in an afterschool program can raise your grades!
Improvements in grades were seen regardless of what type of afterschool program the student participated in, so you don’t necessarily have to be in an academic afterschool activity to get this benefit, sports and clubs work just as well.
Afterschool activities can also increase your chances of being accepted to college because you can include your participation in these activities on your college applications. Colleges love to see students who were involved in high school, and participating in an afterschool activity is a great way to show your interests and academic motivation.
Learn New Skills
Afterschool activities can also teach you new skills and hobbies or allow you to continue current activities you enjoy. These can be hobbies you do for your own personal interest, or you can also choose to participate in afterschool activities that give you skills that will be useful for college and future careers.
Meet New People
One of the most popular reasons to participate in after school activities is that they give you an opportunity to spend time with your friends as well as make new ones. Participating in the same activity as someone else often means you have a shared interest, such as volunteering or playing a sport, and that can make it easier to become friends because you already know you have something in common.
Meet our Afterschool Program Coordinator – Teahonna James
Spring 2020 Activities
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