Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


This research study examines the correlation between high school students‘ school-sponsored athletic participation and their academic performance. Previous studies show students who participate in school-sponsored athletic activities will have an academic advantage (Eccles, Barber, Stone, & Hunt, 2003; Hartmann, 2008). This study expands previous studies by examining whether the amount of participation has an impact on students‘ academic achievement. The research study included a sample of students from a small midwestern Christian school in the ninth and eleventh grades. This study found a negative correlation between school-sponsored athletic participation and students‘ academic performance. This study concludes that as students‘ school-sponsored athletic participation increases, their academic achievement, based on tests and GPA, will be lower than those who did not participate.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education