For the best development of a student, “academic” curriculum is not only the single criterion of a school. For the holistic growth and the development of various facets of classroom academic teaching should be supplemented with a wider curriculum. These out-of-class activities affect all domains of life, e.g., cognitive (intellectual), emotional, social, moral, cultural, and aesthetic. Competitiveness, excellence, teamwork, dealing with stress, time-management, control, goal-setting, perseverance, reflection, creativeness, and enthusiasm are a few of the products of cocurricular involvement. Non-academic activity in the form of cocurriculars provide support to students to venture into wider fields of application, through enhancing their skill development.
These activities are sponsored and/or recognized by a school are not part of the academic curriculum but are acknowledged to be an essential part of student life and that of the educational institution. Cocurricular activities include sports, school bands, drama, student newspaper, literary magazines, service, civics, religious/devotional, school government, honor societies, special interests, etc.
The individual schools within the Diocese of El Paso have a wide variety of cocurricular activities, depending on student interest, staffing, and school culture and history. For details, please see the websites or Parent/Student Handbooks offered by your particular school of interest.