Daily physical education class demonstrates the value that St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s places on the importance of physical education and the power of play to educate young children. Coordination, lifetime fitness, leadership, confidence, and the ability to work as a team improve children’s performance in the classroom and prepare them to take ownership of their own health and wellness.

A fully-equipped, regulation-size gymnasium, an indoor playspace and climbing wall, and a half-block-long, protected roof playdeck afford ample space for physical activity within the school building.





Lower Division

Children in nursery and junior kindergarten have movement classes to increase locomotor skills and eye-hand coordination. We integrate music and literature, provide age-appropriate equipment to build skills, and maintain an emphasis on play—the work of children. Senior kindergarten through third grade classes participate in daily physical education. Units include team sports, ball skills, jump rope, circus skills, and multicultural games. All children at this level have scheduled outdoor play time every day, which offers them opportunities for vibrant unstructured play.

Upper Division

Grades four and five continue to build their athleticism in preparation for sixth grade, when all student join and compete on a school basketball team. In seventh and eighth grade, students have the option of pursuing competitive team sports or lifetime sports. 

Team sports (Grades 7-8)

Our St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's Hawks sports teams compete against schools around the city, both here in our gymnasium, and at other schools and locations such as Randall's island. All transport is provided and managed by the school.

  • Fall: Soccer, Volleyball, Cross-Country
  • Winter: Basketball
  • Spring: Track and Field, Volleyball 

Students compete in the New York City Athletic League (NYCAL)