Socialization & Community

Our students say Pearson Online Academy’s flexible online learning environment gives them more time to engage with the people, communities, and activities they love, including volunteer work, clubs, part-time jobs, sports, and spending more time with friends and family.

Connecting with other students is one of the most important parts of school. That’s why we offer a wide variety of academically focused student engagement activities to enable online students to pursue their interests and deepen their learning while making friends with fellow students.

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K–12 Online Clubs and Activities Designed to Extend Learning!

Participate in a coding challenge. Create poetic word art. Contribute articles to The Monitor blog. Compete in a chess tournament. Our groups and clubs for online elementary, middle school and high school students are all a part of the well-rounded student experience at Pearson Online Academy.

Our wide range of online school clubs and activities makes it possible for students to:

  • Extend learning that supports their academic interests through engaging projects and presentations.
  • Connect with students from across the country and the world.
  • Make new friends.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Gain social confidence.
  • Explore new interests and expand their knowledge.
  • Share their own original creations with peers.
  • Participate in fun contests and competitions.
  • Have fun!


The following is just a small sampling of the online school clubs and activities offered to students.


Art Club is designed to spark student creativity by exploring two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, photography, and graphic design through techniques and styles associated with each medium. Students have the opportunity to create original designs and artwork, share their artwork with peers, learn about appropriate critique guidelines, and provide feedback to other club members. Grades 6–12

Arts and Crafts Club encourages students to create crafts using materials found at home and in nature. Integrated with subjects such as social studies, science, and math, students work on a variety of creative projects!
Grades K–5

Authors Corner encourages students to work collaboratively and individually to write original stories in all genres of fiction and nonfiction. Students can share their writing or favorite book/author during LiveLesson® sessions. Students can also communicate on the Message Boards to give critiques of student writing, create collaborative stories, and discuss favorite book genres. Grades 6–12

Gaming and Technology Club allows students who have an affinity for technology and gaming to explore and discuss gaming styles and genres, learn about careers in the gaming and technology industry, and share their original work in LiveLesson sessions. Individual and collaborative projects may include creating elements of video games and investigating internet safety and cyberthreats. Grades 6–12

Leadership Club students learn about different ways to be a strong leader and then are encouraged to apply these new skills in their own communities. Students in this club have the option of completing a series of challenges to earn a Leadership Certificate. Earning this award allows students to learn important life skills and it looks great on college applications. Grades 6–12

Science Sleuths: Weird Science Club students work with the scientific method by planning experiments and observing the weirder side of themselves and the world around them. Students conduct experiments at home and share the processes and results with their peers. They also predict outcomes and alter variables of experiments conducted in LiveLesson® sessions. Grades K–5

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Pop Up Social Events

Pop Up Events are an evolving assortment of unique, online get-togethers that enable students to interact with other students and try new things! Students attend these co-curricular, virtual activities via the same LiveLesson® technology they use to attend real-time meetings with their classroom teachers.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Gross Science
  • Money Smarts
  • Bring Your Pet to School
  • Celebrating Language and Culture Series
  • Celebrating Percussion Instruments All Around the World

For more information, please visit the Global Clubs & Activities website to learn more about the exciting, co-curricular programming available to students at Pearson Online Academy.

Pearson Online Academy Student Groups


The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization established to recognize gifted and talented high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments but also challenges them to further develop their academic strengths through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Shangri-La, the setting of a 1933 novel, is an idyllic, peaceful environment that approaches perfection. Shangri-La challenges gifted and talented high school students that excel in the world of English, literature, and writing. Members participate in a variety of rich experiences, promoting leadership and exceptionality in language arts. Past events include Poetry Month Event, National Day on Writing, iSHARE events, Author’s Chair Literacy event, Writer’s Workshops with the Pearson Online Academy elementary students, and more!

STEAM Club is the integration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math in a real-world setting. The main goal of Pearson Online Academy STEAM Club initiative is to best prepare STEAM proficient students who are ready to take on tomorrow's global challenges. In STEAM Club, students and teachers meet twice a month to share interests, ideas and passions in math, science, engineering, the arts, and technology. We work together on project and demonstration ideas for the Pearson Online Academy STEAM Club Fair. STEAM Club is also a path for freshman and sophomores to join the Science Honor National Honor Society and have some fun!

Our COW (Community of Writers) engages students in different genres of writing each month. Beginning writers are supported as they explore each genre, and more advanced writers are challenged to bring their writing to the next level. Students are exposed to exemplars of the genre, participate in creating their own pieces, and are encouraged to share their writing.

Celebrating Together

As a supportive virtual community, we believe in coming together to recognize and celebrate student accomplishments, whether big or small.


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