Student Engagement


Student Engagement

Leadership, Service, and Extracurricular Activities

MCPS students can engage and access several different experiences through leadership, service and extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate at the school level and visit this website for additional learning experiences and information, which are often student led. New content and information will be updated throughout the course of the school year.


Engagement Opportunities


Student Leadership

There are several district-wide student leadership organizations and opportunities to serve as a student leader and share student voice.

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student service learning

Student Service Learning

Students are encouraged to continue earning student service learning hours towards their graduation requirement, even during distance learning. The MCPS SSL program has made some significant changes to allow students to earn SSL hours virtually if they:

  • Are serving a community need through a non-profit organization
  • Monitored by a supervisor of the non-profit agency or MCPS staff member
  • Sponsored by an MCPS teacher or staff member

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student service learning


Find extracurricular activities by school, including sponsor contact information and meeting times. Learn about the student-to-student extracurricular series, where students across MCPS have created extracurricular moments to share with their peers.

Find Activities by School

Extracurricular Activities

UPDATE: Montgomery County Public Schools regularly hosts a diverse and robust extracurricular activity program. MCPS had provided guidance to schools to allow for in-person extracurricular activity experiences to return to school campuses this spring. In effort to ensure the continuity of engagement for students, regardless of instructional location, virtual extracurricular activities may also still continue.

The following extracurricular activities will continue:
  • Academic support for students
  • Athletic activities as directed by the MCPS Systemwide Athletics Unit
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Clubs and organizations
  • Education and engagement opportunities
  • Youth programming for counseling, mentorship, and social emotional support

MCPS is excited to bring these virtual opportunities to our students. We remain committed to every student through these programs to help students:

  • Be creative
  • Build confidence
  • Stay connected with their peers and adult coaches, sponsors and mentors and
  • Develop their personal and professional skills in areas of their interest.

Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities

Program Offerings

Schools will identify their program offerings to include the name of the clubs and organizations, the sponsor name and contact information as well as how to virtually access the extracurricular activity.

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Start Date

First semester non-athletic programs may begin September 28, 2020.

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First Semester Timeline

Date Action
Friday, September 18, 2020 School offerings will be posted on school and MCPS webpages.
Friday, September 18, 2020
  • Student registration window is open.
  • Students review the school offerings and complete the Student Registration form.
  • Schools can identify a registration closure date and accept rolling admission for individual extracurricular activities as needed. 
Monday, September 28, 2020 First semester non-athletic programs may begin, however some extracurricular activity programs may begin soon thereafter.

Second Semester Timeline

While many ECAs will remain virtual for the remainder of the year, some secondary school ECAs have returned as of April 8, 2021. In-person extracurricular activities are returning based on interest, supervision and facility usage of schools to ensure the continuity of engagement and COVID safety for both students and staff.

Date Action
April 6–30, 2021 Extracurricular activities that wish to host in-person experiences may begin. Meetings will be held outdoors on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
May 3–28, 2021 School administration and extracurricular staff may work collectively to expand their ECA program considering these variables by May 3, 2021. Based on the school team’s discretion, schools may consider any of the following for expansion:
  • Adding an additional day.
  • Meeting beyond 4:30 PM with ECA administration or ECA Director supervision.
  • Allowing extracurricular activities to operate indoors with the expectation that sponsors and participants follow the COVID safety plan for the identified meeting space. 

MCPS Certificate of Student Engagement

MCPS wishes to recognize secondary students for commitment in participation in a wide range of MCPS Athletic and Extracurricular Activities. Students will be recognized for various levels of commitment, as outlined below, with the MCPS Certificate of Student Engagement.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in more than one activity to create positive relationships with their peers in interest alike activities and with adult professionals outside of the school day/core curricular courses.
  • Students can use this documentation to supplement their college and job applications.
  • Sponsors will verify student commitment with their organization(s) at the end of the season, semester, year as appropriate.

Bronze Certificate
of Student Engagement

Students successfully participate in 1-3 various athletic and/or extracurricular activities


Silver Certificate
of Student Engagement

Students successfully participate in 4-6 various athletic and/or extracurricular activities


Gold Certificate
of Student Engagement

Students successfully participate in 7+ various athletic and/or extracurricular activities

Student-to-Student Extracurricular Series

Students Share Skills With Peers

Students from across MCPS have created extracurricular moments to share with their student peers. This webpage will frequently be updated with student created lessons. Please check out some of the student content below that covers everything from leadership development, student advocacy, music and more!

If you have a personal or professional skill that you would like to share with your MCPS peers, you can submit your own! Students can earn 10 SSL hours for successful submission of all items identified in the Student-To-Student Extracurricular Series Form. You may see yours posted here!

Submit an Extracurricular Moment  
leadership students

Extracurricular Moments

Student Leadership and Advocacy

Email Writing


How to Build a Team


Virtual Lobbying


How to Testify


How to Improve as a Leader


Student Academic and Personal Success

Tips for Success on Online School

Different Types of Online Classes

Banking Basics

How to be an Organized with School During Distance Learning

Become an Organized Student

Beginning French

Strengthen Your Weakness

Budgeting Money

Student Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities

Learning American Sign Language

How to Perform Allegro on the Violin

Basic Crochet Steps

Drawing Tod the Frog

Juggling a Soccer Ball

Making a Mocha Mug Cake

Hot Cross Buns on the Flute

Watermelon Painting

Lemon Berry Muffins for Beginners