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ERIC Number: ED502299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Afterschool Fosters Success in School. MetLife Foundation Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 31
Afterschool Alliance
In the current climate of increased academic assessments, the discussion of student success in school is frequently limited to academic achievement. However, data show that when examining student success, components such as social development and prevention of risky behaviors significantly impact academic achievement. These outcomes form a comprehensive picture of student success and underscore the fact that student success outside of the classroom is an important piece of student success inside the classroom. When students feel connected, supported and safe, they are more likely to make healthy choices for themselves, including avoiding risky behaviors and staying in school. Afterschool programs provide children and youth not only with academic support, but a safe, nurturing environment that can help bolster social and emotional development, critical to academic success. Afterschool also offers students enrichment activities that they might not otherwise have access to, such as art, music, world cultures and sports that can motivate and engage them during the regular school day, leading to improved academic performance and success. (Contains 18 endnotes.)
Afterschool Alliance. 1616 H Street NW Suite 820, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-347-1002; Fax: 202-347-2092; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A