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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 34: Extracurricular Activities

Figure 34. Percentage of high school seniors who participated in various school-related extracurricular activities, by sex: 1990 and 2001

Percentage of high school seniors who participated in various school-related extracurricular activities, by sex: 1990 and 2001
NOTE: Percentages reflect the proportion of seniors who responded that they participated in these activities 'to a considerable extent' or 'to a great extent.' The response rates for this survey do not meet NCES statistical standards.
SOURCE: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Monitoring the Future, various years.

In 2001, a higher percentage of high school seniors reported participating in athletic teams (39 percent) and music/performing arts activities (25 percent) than academic clubs (15 percent), student council/government (11 percent), and newspaper/yearbook (10 percent). Thirty five percent of seniors reported participating in other clubs/school activities. In 2001, females were more likely to participate in newspaper/yearbook, music/performing arts, academic clubs, student council or government, and other school clubs or activities than males. Males, however, were more likely to participate in athletics. Participation in music/performing arts was the only school-related activity that showed a significant increase in popularity between 1990 and 2001.


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