Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Vicki Gunther

Second Advisor

Dr. Harrington Gibson

Third Advisor

Dr. Linell Monson-Lasswell



The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between extracurricular activity participation and academic achievement as measured by the composite score on the American College Test (ACT) and cumulative grade point average (GPA) throughout a student’s attendance in high school. Specifically, this study examined student participants and nonparticipants in extracurricular activities and their academic performance in one Midwestern suburban high school district. Archival data were collected on the 2009 senior classes from two consenting high schools within the district. Gender, race, ACT scores, GPA, lunch status, and extracurricular activities were collected from both schools. A quantitative research design was used for this study. The results showed that academics were positively related to extracurricular participation.



A detailed Epilogue section follows Chapter 5. This section discusses why schools need to include extracurricular activities in order to increase academic achievement.

The discussion includes a blueprint and vision for success as well as why students do and do not participate in extracurricular activities.