Outside of the regular school day, Gwinnett students have many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Through extracurricular activities, students experience success both in and out of the classroom. Such activities may include athletics, academic competitions, before and after-school clubs, as well as various fine arts programs.
For a number of reasons, students are encouraged to participate in one or more extracurricular activities while in high school. For one, students who are involved are more connected to their school. For another, extracurricular competitions allow students to represent their school and earn recognition for their achievements. Extracurricular activities offer students a chance to learn something new or learn more about something that interests them, to develop a talent, or perform with their peers. Extracurricular activities also give students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership.
Extracurricular offerings vary from school to school. For information regarding extracurricular activities at a specific school, please contact the local school directly.
The Fine Arts and extracurricular activities available within GCPS represent award-winning, enriching opportunities for students to develop their unique talents, varied interests, and learning capabilities.
Fine arts activities are not limited to the regular school day. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in the visual and performing arts.
- Visual Arts
- Band and Orchestra
The Kendall Orchestra and the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony are open to middle and high school students by audition. Students should ask the instructor at their local school for details.
In addition, Gwinnett high schools’ performing groups and many community theater troupes offer performance opportunities for students. For details on the Fine Arts program, contact the GCPS Director of Fine Arts at (678) 301-7015. Local schools may provide additional information on programs offered at individual locations.
GCPS high schools have a strong tradition of success in academic competitions. Here are just a few competitions in which students compete as teams or individuals.
- Odyssey of the Mind
- One-Act Play*
- Science Olympiad
- Mock Trial
- Reading Rally
- DECA and other business and technology competitions
- Quiz Bowl
- Academic Decathlon
- Model UN
*GHSA-governed extracurricular competitions
Each school’s web site has a list of available clubs. Examples of clubs found in Gwinnett high schools include:
- Academic clubs that focus on math, science, writing, foreign language, technology, business and marketing, and other areas of interest.
- Service and leadership groups and honor societies.
- Special-interest clubs, such as debate, chess, broadcast, publications, the environment, sports, and more…