Co-curricular refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school—i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic .
Co-curricular activities are typically, but not always, defined by their separation from academic courses. For example, they are ungraded, they do not allow students to earn academic , they may take place outside of school or after regular school hours, and they may be operated by outside organizations. That said, these traditional distinctions between academic and co-curricular programs are being eroded in some schools—see for a more detailed discussion.
A few examples of common educational opportunities that may be considered co-curricular include student newspapers, musical performances, art shows, mock trials, debate competitions, and mathematics, robotics, and engineering teams and contests. But given the differing interpretations of the term, as well as its many potential applications, it’s best to determine precisely how co-curricular is being used in a particular educational context.
Amy is a busy high school student. She is very focused on her regular core studies, but she is also involved in the school band and likes to participate in the debate club. Amy loves taking part in many activities, but she knows that it is important that she know how to balance her time and manage her priorities so as not to become overwhelmed by everything she is doing. These activities that she is involved in, also called co-curricular activities, are important to her and she wants to be successful in everything that she endeavors to do.
What are Co-Curricular Activities?
Co-curricular activities are activities that take place outside the classroom but reinforce or supplement classroom curriculum in some way. They are ungraded and do not offer any form of academic credit, but they do provide complementary learning of some form. Examples of co-curricular activities might include National Honor Society, student council, or school sports teams. Other examples include math clubs, chess clubs, talent shows, spelling bees, writing competitions, debates, mock trials, school newspapers, and/or drama productions. All of these events and activities take place outside of the traditional classroom and offer no grade or academic credit, but do provide supplementary and complementary instruction and education for students involved.
Co-Curricular Versus Extracurricular
It should be noted that there is a definite, though sometimes fuzzy difference between co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Where co-curricular activities are connected, in some way, to the school and to academic learning, extracurricular activities step outside of this realm. Extracurricular activities are those activities that occur outside of the the educational setting and do not provide instruction or experience that is meant to supplement the academic curriculum. Involvement in a sport that happens outside of the school, for example, would be considered an extracurricular activity. Other examples of extracurricular activities might include church related activities, involvement in music classes that are not associated with the school, dance recitals, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, or martial arts competitions.
· Youth Day was celebrated on 12 january in which Yoga and Painting competition was organized for students.