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Upper School Athletics

Upper School Athletics

Philosophy

Applewild’s Core Values and Core Competencies are reinforced throughout the school’s physical education and athletic programs. Working collaboratively, respectfully, and demonstrating good sportsmanship are emphasized in both our Lower and Upper School program.

Our students are moving every day. Between buildings, up and down hills, and during our daily recess. Applewild students move! All students (K – 8) have recess every day. Unstructured recess in all grades allows for sledding in winter, pick-up games of soccer and football, basketball and swinging and climbing. Although not a part of the formal PE curriculum, recess delivers important opportunities for gross motor development, socialization and exercise.

All Upper School students participate in athletics. Some students choose competitive travel teams while others participate in non-travel activities. All are expected to play at least one season on an interscholastic athletic team. Team practices are held in the afternoon as part of the school day. Applewild’s Core Values and Core Competencies guide students on and off the playing fields and our students are continually recognized by peer schools for their sportsmanship. Our “no-cut” policy gives students the freedom to discover an encouraging environment where they can learn new skills, be a member of a team, and push themselves to excel.

Non-travel options provide varied lifelong sports and fitness activities, which may include climbing on our climbing wall,  hiking, skiing, orienteering, snowshoeing, and conditioning are among the varied options that have recently been offered. During the winter season, the Upper School play counts as a team sport for seventh and eighth graders, Yearbook can be elected by eighth grade yearbook leaders, and students can elect Art, Shop or Digital Media Mentor programs in place of a non-travel option.

Travel Teams

Team practices are built into our school day. Games are usually on weekdays.

Interscholastic Athletic Teams include:

  • Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Cross-Country
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse

Applewild School is a member of NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council).

Did you know?

Did you know that Applewild alumni have recently won NCAA Div I championships in women’s lacrosse and men’s ice hockey?

Health & Wellness

In addition to physical education and interscholastic sports, our program includes a thorough health curriculum. Topics include safety, nutrition, and cleanliness in the younger grades and gradually introduce peer relationships and the importance of appropriate choices related to alcohol, drugs and sexual activity to older students.

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