Extracurricular programs at Memphis City schools vary depending on the school chosen but include popular sports such as swimming, tennis, volleyball, cross country, and track and field. Additionally, there are sports-related support activities such as marching band, flag performance teams and cheerleader/majorette groups. Arts-related activities, groups and organizations include book clubs sponsored by the National Honor Society; art, poetry and spoken word groups; membership on the yearbook staff; and both leadership and administrative positions within student government organizations.
As of 2015, other optional activities and events at Memphis City schools include Grandparents' Day, a special luncheon for younger children and their elders; Danishes with Dads, a parent-child breakfast event; poster contests focusing on issues such as drug awareness, community involvement and child safety; commemorative Black History events featuring art, music, literature and other culture-based performances; and Read Across America activities, including Family Reading Night, which brings popular books to young readers in narrated story sessions.
Similarly, other schools offer clubs such as Books and Beyond, a voluntary reading group designed to help motivated students find and appreciate good books. Programs such as the Junior Great Books Curriculum of Interpretive Reading, Writing, and Discussion strive to increase literacy and build reading comprehension skills.
Additional extracurricular activities offered by some Memphis City schools include student debates and speech competitions; group projects and full class presentations; and the annual Olympiads competition, a campus-wide contest comprised of math and science challenges.