Participation in extracurricular activities can have a profound positive impact on students both physically and mentally. Much of the research into extracurricular activities suggests that students who participate in these activities, especially athletics, leads to higher self-esteem, an enhanced status among peers, and a possible deterrent to anti-social behavior.
ICS recognizes the significant role extracurricular activities play in leading a healthy, active, and socially appropriate life starting in school and carrying over to adulthood. Activities strengthen students at ICS by bringing a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds together for a common purpose. Participation in the activities offered by ICS strengthens individuals by giving them opportunities to develop discipline, leadership, and teamwork skills and qualities.
Extracurricular activities, such as sports, drama, music, scouting, dance, debate, and various other clubs are an important part of the educational experience of many students. Most studies find that students who participate in these extracurricular activities are more successful academically than those who do not participate.
Extracurricular activities can empower students to make their own decisions and help them gain vital experience and skills to lead them on the path to their future. Students involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to become leaders, more willing to complete tasks, more willing to voice opinions.
Extracurricular activities are an excellent way to explore social, political, and career interests. They help students gain experience in a variety of areas that will enhance their future. Through participation in sports students learn cooperation, teamwork and time management. By joining an organization, students learn responsibility, problem solving and communication. Extracurricular activities also help students discover hidden talents, meet people they might otherwise not encounter, and learn about things outside their own areas of interest.