Motivational High School Assembly Ideas

Updated March 23, 2017

Educators can teach their hearts out and, if the students are not motivated, still be unsuccessful in imparting the information. For students to learn effectively, they must have drive, see the purpose in education and want to succeed. High schools can increase the likelihood that their students are open to and accepting of learning by presenting motivational assemblies to their students. By bringing in an outsider to tout the importance of education, high schools can allow their students to see that education is really important and education effort, or lack thereof, will have an impact on their lives.

Professional Athlete

Professional athletes can easily capture the interest of high school students. Many high school students aspire to be just like their favourite pro sports player. Use students' already present admiration for these larger-than-life figures to motivate them to stay on track in school. Hold an assembly at which a professional athlete can express the importance of education and goal-setting to your students. In all likelihood, pupils will listen with bated breath to this revered individual.

To get a professional athlete to visit your school, contact your local sports teams or send out a request to an athletically successful alumnus. While it might take some effort to get a professional athlete to come to your school, the results will be well worth the energy.

High Achieving Handicapped Individual

People who suffer from a physical or mental handicap can often offer inspiring stories of effort and perseverance to your students. These individuals have often been faced with supremely daunting obstacles during their lifetime. Ask a handicapped individual to speak at a school assembly to allow your students to see what can be accomplished with effort and dedication.


Use comedy as a vehicle for imparting information by inviting a comedian to come into the your school and motivate your students through the presentation of a comedy routine. There are numerous comedians around the country who offer comedy with a message for businesses and schools. Contact one of these specialised comics, or get in touch with an area comedian and speak to them about modifying their act to incorporate motivational messages. Students will likely be excited to get out of class and enjoy some comic entertainment, and, as they laugh, they will not even notice that they are being presented with motivational messages.

Class Challenge

Very little motivates high school students as much as a challenge. Encourage all students to get their head in the game by pitting class against class in an academic challenge. Hold an assembly, and throw down the specifics of the challenge. Set a time, create a goal and explain how you will measure success. Also, offer a desirable prize for the winning class. Allow students to work with their same age peers to best the students in other grades, then hold another assembly to announce the winners. Students will likely amp up to win the handsome prize and, even more importantly, bragging rights.

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