Q&A: Do Online Students Have Access to Extracurricular Activities?

Q&A: Extracurricular Activities

Answer: It will be left to your school district's discretion whether your daughter will have access to these types of programs at your local school. Typically, the answer would be "no" since your child will legally be withdrawn from the school and her enrollment will be at the online school. It is important to consider that your child could have access to courses such as music, art, and even foreign language through her online coursework. I highly recommend weekly trips to the public library with your daughter to explore the many literature choices.

It is, however, important to keep in mind that your daughter may be able to attend after school classes offered by your local school, such as art classes, chess club, karate classes, or drama (there are normally additional fees charged for these extracurricular classes). It is highly unlikely that your daughter would be allowed to attend classes offered during the school day, as these typically occur on a rotating schedule and can be cancelled due to assemblies, field trips, or other special circumstances.

Requesting your online school's course catalog could help you decide which classes to register your daughter for and if topics such as music, art, or foreign language are offered. Another suggestion would be to join or form a group for homeschooled or online students in your community. Many times, these groups participate in activities such as music, PE, or even weekly trips to the library as a group. They may even schedule field trips tied to the curriculum, and it's a great way to meet other families with similar educational goals as yourself.

Christi WilsonChristi Wilson is a credentialed teacher of highly-gifted students in Northern Nevada. She has 11 years of classroom teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in education leadership, and has even taught K-12 education online. A mother of three busy boys, she knows how important it is to keep students engaged in the classroom and interested in a lifetime of learning.

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