Co-Curricular Activities & Athletics
Students who participate in co-curricular activities benefit by making new friends, learning new skills, working with teachers outside the academic setting and having fun doing something they enjoy. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one club, activity or sport. Students may sign up then or at any time by contacting an organization member or advisor. (Some organizations, like the National Honor Society, have membership requirements.)
The Portland Public Schools are committed to providing a balanced, inclusive, and diverse program of co-curricular activities as an important dimension of student learning. Co-curricular activities are defined as programs or out-of-class activities that are supervised and/or financed by the Portland Public Schools. Participation in co-curricular activities is voluntary. These activities are not part of the regular academic curriculum, are not graded, and do not earn academic credits.
Goal of Co-curricular Programs
The goal of these activities is life enrichment of each participant through development of good sportsmanship, citizenship, skills, health, strength, self-reliance, emotional maturity and social growth. The School Committee intends co-curricular programs to be aligned with the Portland Public Schools’ Mission, Vision, and Beliefs, and honor the complex wholeness of each learner. Since research indicates that co-curricular participation is a good predictor of students’ future success, we believe: