Regis High School is distinguished for the academic ability of its students and for the rigor of its academic program. Like all Jesuit schools, however, Regis has an educational mission that goes well beyond the purely academic. Regis’s goal is the integrated spiritual, intellectual, social, and affective growth of its students. Many elements in that goal are best developed outside the classroom. For that reason, Regis must have extracurricular programs as strong as its academic program. Regis expects participation in extracurriculars to serve the following ends:
First, the extracurricular program allows students to deepen skills in athletics, in performance, in writing, and in other areas of interest that have already been touched on in our academic program, and it allows students to develop and display skills that are not accommodated by our academic program.
Second, the extracurricular program provides means through which students may pursue excellence and achieve distinction.
Third, the extracurricular program helps to develop a sense of community within the school. Most of the activities are collaborative by their nature, and encourage students to work together toward a common goal. Moreover, many extracurricular activities – for example, student government, band and chorus, dramatics, and the range of publications – are directed towards service of the school community.
Fourth, the extracurricular program provides incomparable opportunities for social contact and for forming friendships. Because Regis is a metropolitan school, drawing its students from a wide geographic area, most freshmen start Regis with only a small circle of acquaintances. It is through extracurricular activities that students form relationships with students from other advisor groups and from other years. Moreover, extracurricular activities also allow for regular and informal contact between students and teachers.
Fifth, many extracurricular activities, both competitive and non-competitive, allow Regis students to form social relationships with students from other schools. Participation in extracurricular activities is an essential part of the Regis experience. Every faculty member is associated with an extracurricular activity. Although students are not required to participate, it is strongly recommended for all.
There is no reason why even a major commitment such as the ten to fifteen hours a week required by sports, dramatics, or speech and debate, should encroach upon the time needed for study. In fact, Regis’s most successful students and best integrated personalities are those who have been very involved in the extracurricular program – perhaps because the program fosters feelings of satisfaction and belonging which are key ingredients in academic and personal success.