Whole-Person Education


Explore your passions!

Co-curriculars are an integral part of the DSHA experience, with opportunities built into the school day and beyond. Research has show that involvement in these activities help with the following:
  1. Positive benefits to her academic record.
  2. A greater sense of belonging to the school community.
  3. Practice personal and professional leadership development while gaining a sense of confidence in a safe space.
  4. Healthier, more balanced behaviors.
  5. Positive results in college and beyond.
  6. Enhanced development in life skills.


  1. A co-curricular is a group whose learning experience complements and extends what students are learning and experiencing in either academic departments or in close connection to our mission as a Catholic school.
  2. Co-curriculars are designed to strengthen classroom learning and mission focus.
  3. Co-curriculars offer students a space to create, plan, implement, and lead various school-wide activities, opportunities, and events.
  4. Most co-curriculars are offered during the school day — they help build community through shared interests and across grade levels.
  5. There is a co-curricular for everyone to explore their passions or try something new!

Sample Co-Curricular Offerings

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  • AMY: Aspiring Medial Youth

  • Athletic Performance Training

    • Fitness/Wellness Co-Curricular
    • For student-athletes – all sports, all seasons, any level (freshmen – varsity).
    • Using a curriculum-based training program (PLT4M) students will enhance their athletic performance.
  • Best Buddies

    • Salvatorian Catholic Mission Co-Curricular
    • Gather, plan, organize and implement Best Buddies activities off campus (some evening and weekend commitments for the Best Buddies events).
    • Best Buddies at DSHA is focused on creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
  • Dasher Dance Team

    • The Dasher Dance Team performs a variety of styles including pom, jazz, and hip hop at home basketball games and school assemblies.
    • The team participates in three to four competitions each school year, as well as a dance intensive summer camp.
    • Practices are held two to three times a week at DSHA, outside of school hours. 
    • Auditions are held in April to select the following year's team. The season begins with practices in June and concludes in March of the following academic year.
  • Dasher Download

    • Communicator/Critical Thinker/English/Fine Arts Co-Curricular
    • Dasher Download is the official DSHA student news website.
    • The Download is a group of Dashers writing both news articles and creative articles and creating playlists, student art and photography, fun interactive quizzes, and other creative pieces.
  • Entrepreneurship

    • Business/Communicator/Critical Thinker Co-Curricular
    • Students will learn about the different aspects of building and running their own business.
    • Students will hear from guest speakers who have successfully started their own business and work on creating their own business plans.
    • Students will also work on creating a pitch for a small business in our school community.
  • Equality. Voice. Empowerment.

    • Communicator/Self-Advocate Co-Curricular
    • Equality. Voice. Empowerment. (E.V.E.) advocates for the basic equal rights for all individuals of different races, religion, genders, etc.
    • EVE is an environment in which all opinions are welcome and offers a safe space to be yourself and discuss and participate in events that fight the injustices in our society.
    • As a co-curricular run by young women, we look to continue the fight for equality.
  • Forensics

    • Leader/Communicator/Critical Thinker Co-Curricular
    • The Forensics season runs from January to April.
    • The Forensics team participates in competitive public speaking events with categories such as acting, impromptu speaking, and speech writing.
    • It is a great opportunity to build your confidence in public speaking!
  • Furia Latina

    • Leader/Communicator/Self-Advocate/Critical Thinker Co-Curricular.
    • Furia Latina is dedicated to appreciating Hispanic culture, addressing topics of interest to Latinas, and promoting Latino culture.
    • Furia Latina is also a support group for Latina students and their families, sometimes organizing Spanish-speaking events for the DSHA community.
  • Latin Convention

    • Latin co-curricular
    • Primarily first semester only.
    • Students learn about culture and history of the ancient world, as well as the annual Latin Convention (January 2022).
    • Work in teams to explore ancient history and mythology and prepare for various competitions at the convention. Such competition preparations include: building a functioning ancient machine of war, designing a themed t-shirt and scrapbook, creating art projects around ancient mythology and culture, etc.
    • Open to all students!
  • Model UN

    • Critical Thinker/Communicator/Self-Advocate/Leader Co-Curricular
    • Model UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and its other multilateral bodies where students perform an ambassador role while debating topics such as gender equality, climate action, global health, and more.
    • Meetings and work prepare students to participate in the statewide Model UN conference (tentatively at UWM, March 2022).
  • Reading Co-Curricular

    • Communicator/Critical Thinker Co-Curricula
    • In the reading co-curricular, students will choose books to read together and have group discussions about. Students will work on their critical thinking and communication skills.
    • Students will also organize a book drive for children in need in the community.
  • Respect Life

    • Salvatorian Catholic Mission Co-Curricular
    • Respect Life promotes awareness of life issues such as human trafficking, death penalty, abortion, euthanasia, aging, dying, mental illness, brain disorders and more.
    • Opportunity to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2022.
  • Retreat Team

    • For Juniors & Seniors only, primarily first semester only.
    • Salvatorian Catholic mission co-curricular.
    • Help plan, create, and implement the freshmen and sophomore school retreats.
    • You will need to be available on Oct. 17-18 for FR ‘21 and/or Jan. 16-17 for SR ‘22.
  • Robotics

    • STEM/Leader/Critical Thinker Co-Curricular
    • The award-winning Hilltopper Robotics Team is a collaboration between MUHS and DSHA.
    • Experiences include building, programming, and operating robots, web design, marketing (including social media), fundraising, and encouraging team spirit in preparation for and at competitions.
  • School Garden

    • Science/Wellness/Health Co-Curricular
    • The School Garden team grows organic food for our school cafeteria and uses the garden harvest sales to donate money to local food pantries.
    • The School Garden team also learns the environmental benefits of fresh, local, organic food while also discovering how enjoyable gardening and the outdoors really are!
  • Service Teams

    • Salvatorian Catholic Mission Co-Curricular
    • Help plan, create, and implement service projects throughout the year.
    • Certain service-related co-curriculars are organized through Service Team. (Hometown Heroes; She’s the First, etc.)
  • Sisters of Culture (SOC)

    • Leader/Communicator/Self-Advocate/Critical Thinker Co-Curricular
    • SOC celebrates the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of the DSHA community, with the mission to spread awareness and honor all cultures.
    • We discuss contemporary issues and focus on racial justice.
    • Outside service work is encouraged within the greater Milwaukee community.
  • SMART Team

    • Science/STEM co-curricular: Students Modeling a Research Topic
    • Students work as teams to understand a molecular story and design and build a physical protein model that is the focus of a research project.
  • Student Council

    • Leader/Communicator Co-Curricular
    • Student Council is comprised of leaders from all grade levels committed to the on-going improvement of DSHA.
    • Through leadership development activities and school-wide events, Student Council serves the needs of students and the greater DSHA community.
    • Student Council is comprised of seven standing commissions, each with its own programs and objectives.
    • Student leaders serve as elected leaders or in leadership roles through many of the school-wide activities sponsored by the organization.
  • Student Diversity Council

    • Leader/Communicator/Self-Advocate/Critical Thinker Co-Curricular
    • The Student Diversity Council gathers to plan regular Dasher Dialogues and to plan and execute other diversity and inclusion events.
    • Student Diversity Council often works with other student co-curriculars and is a commission of Student Council.
  • Student Recruiters

    • Student Recruiters is an application-based opportunity for a large group of students who represent the many different parts of DSHA (campus ministry, fine arts, athletics, academics, and more!).
    • Their job is to share the good news of DSHA and help recruit new students by sharing their own experience as a Dasher.
    • This group is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who submit a completed application.
    • Student recruiters visit area grade schools, serve as tour guides at the annual Open House, host prospective students during school visit days, help at recruitment events, and overall serve as representatives of DSHA to future students!
  • Yearbook

    • Communicator/Critical Thinker Co-Curricular
    • Yearbook is responsible for producing the annual DSHA student yearbook, Retrospect.
    • The Yearbook team selects photos, designs the layouts, and writes the copy for Retrospect.

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