Student involvement : Most students are genuinely involved with one or more after school activity offered (clubs or sports)
Peer pressure : Most students participate in drug use (marijuana and alcohol), but would not force someone to participate if it is outside of their comfort zone.
Acceptance: Students are very judgmental at Arlington Catholic. It is hard to be accepted by others if you aren't "cool" (wearing expensive clothes, have a loud personality, always look perfect).
Challenges: There are many students that come from Asian countries that attend Arlington Catholic. They travel overseas, alone, and live with a host family during the school year. Students generally do not associate with the international students. As a result, international students usually eat lunch together, talk with one another during class, and hang out with one another after school. They also talk to one another in their native language - to avoid having students overhear their conversations or gossip.
Sexual orientation is also a challenge at Arlington Catholic. However, the problem is located within the faculty. Students generally support one another's sexual orientation. For example, there is an openly gay student who wanted to start a LGBT Alliance Club within the school - the principal refused. He stated that Arlington Catholic is a Catholic school, and will only participate in activities that are accepted by the Church. I, myself, am a Christian and actively go to Church. However, the principal's refusal angers me because as humans, we are supposed to accept one another.