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Five Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

New Friends

Extracurricular activities give the chance for children to meet new friends outside of their classroom and, depending on the activity, outside of their immediate age group. This opens up a new world of friends and acquaintances, and ones that share their interest for that matter! It’s nice to have different groups of friends, some that are more athletic from after school soccer, some that are more logical from after-school chess club. It’s important for children to learn key social skills, and meeting new friends in a different environment and under different circumstances than a classroom setting gives them more opportunity to flex their social skills and improve.

Finding New Interests

Does your child like soccer? Maybe they’re a whiz at robotics. Extracurricular activities are a fantastic way for your child to find their hidden talents. Just like many children play on different youth sports teams to figure out what sports they like, the same can be done with other extracurricular activities. Try out gymnastics, art, coding, cooking, and more! This opens more doors and opportunities for your child to discover activities they like and perhaps even find a calling in their life!

Learning Something New

Maybe your child has played sports for the past few years and is reluctant to attend an after school chemistry club. This is the chance for them to learn something new and build a more well-rounded set of skills and knowledge. And if they don’t care for it? No harm, no foul. Move on to another activity! Children are in a unique position in their life with tons of opportunities to learn new skills. Take advantage of this time and help them find a new and interesting skill or activity to take on every once in a while.

It’s Okay to Not Naturally Succeed

Trying new things and getting your kids out of their comfort zone will also teach them that there are activities out there they may not be naturally talented at – and that’s okay! We’re human and we can’t succeed or be naturally gifted at every activity. Finding an activity they have to work extra hard to succeed in will help them build their character, self-confidence, and teach them that hard work can overcome hurdles.

Preparation for the Future

An added bonus? Colleges love seeing extracurricular activities on college applications. Getting young children involved in more extracurricular activities now will help prepare them for all of the activities they’ll partake in junior high and high school to stand out on applications. It also gives them a foundation for enjoying these activities and the skills needed to succeed in them.

Fairmont Extracurriculars

Fairmont Private Schools parents can find tons of great extracurricular activities here at our at campuses! Our campuses have after school programs for every interest and level, including programs in robotics and engineering, art, sciences, sports, chess, dance, martial arts, cooking classes, coding, and more! For a full list of campus-specific activities, see our Anaheim Hills Campus, Historic Anaheim Campus, and North Tustin Campus pages.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”