6 “We want students to be involved in activities; however, some students are overcommitted. They’re trying to do too much and they are stressed out. Students and parents need to understand that quality is much more important than quantity.” John Miller, counselor Extracurricular Activities Studies show that students who are involved in extracurricular activities enjoy school more—and do better academically. Most high schools have a wide variety of teams, clubs, and programs that students can join. For example, all high schools offer some, if not all, of the following: speech and drama programs, athletic teams, music programs, and special interest clubs (Spanish, chess, etc.). Find out what activities are available at your child’s high school and en- courage your child to get involved in at least two or three. Eligibility Requirements In addition to state eligibility requirements, many high schools have their own requirements that students must meet before they can play a sport. For example, athletes may be required to maintain a minimum grade point average. At many high schools, eligibility requirements also apply to students who participate in activities such as cheerleading and student government. If you have questions regarding eligibility, check your school’s handbook, talk to the athletic director, or see the school counselor. Summer School Going to summer school is a great way for students to earn credits toward graduation. Taking a class during the summer can also be a way for students to lighten their class load for the following school year. Students who are short on credits, or who have failed a required course, should go to summer school whenever possible. This will help keep them on track for graduation. If you think summer school may be appropriate for your child, get infor- mation on the dates, costs, and the courses offered. For information and advice, talk to your child’s counselor.