All elementary and secondary schools offer some form of additional learning opportunities or social activities to students outside of the basic curriculum.
Activities range from team sports to robotics, music and theater. Many activities can serve as a part of a school's core identity and will be offered for many years at a school. Other activities may be offered for a shorter time span to reflect the interest of the student community or the involvement by a teacher or volunteer.
For many students, extra-curricular activities present an opportunity to practice social skills and to experiment in activities that may represent a career interest. The opportunity to excel in music, arts or sports may make a big difference to a student’s self-esteem.