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.

We endeavor to educate the whole child in body, mind, and spirit, and our P.E. and athletics program is a vital aspect of that goal. 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.

Semper Raptor

What I hear back from high schools is that St. Hilda’s graduates are coachable. They work hard. That’s exactly what we set out to do.” Patti Lesser, Director of P.E. and Athletics, Faculty Since 2006

Athletics in the Upper Division

In sixth grade, students have their first opportunity to compete on a school team, with the introduction of the basketball teams, which every sixth grader joins. In seventh and eighth grade, students have the option of pursuing competitive team sports or lifetime sports, including yoga, martial arts, step dance, table tennis, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Team sports for seventh and eighth graders:

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

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


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.

Previous Basketball Season Highlights

February 6 | Championships

With an impressive 65-47 win over Trevor Day on Tuesday our 7-8 boys basketball team captured their second consecutive NYCAL championship. The team was led by Caleb and Bryson who together scored 51 points. Our Hawk team will be looking to add to their 13-0 record with games ahead against Columbia Prep on 2/6 and Calhoun on 2/14. 

Our 7-8 girls basketball team is also on a roll compiling a 12- 0 record with a 49-12 win over Trinity yesterday. The team was led by eighth graders Caroline C., Charlotte D., and Elizabeth. The girls look forward to facing Columbia Prep on 2/6, Bank Street away on 2/11 and Calhoun on 2/14. Our Hawk girls are currently 12-0 and have already captured the NYCAL Championship for the 13th consecutive year. 

We are fortunate to have Sean Parker, Virgil Smiley, Carmine Curcio at the helm of our 7-8 grade teams. 

January 11 | Exciting Week for Hawk Athletics

This past week our young 7-8 grade student athletes picked up where they left off adding three more victories to their records. Our boys basketball team defeated Columbia Prep and our girls team gained wins over Calhoun and Columbia Prep. 

Our sixth grade boys team opened their  season on Thursday with a decisive win over The Cathedral School. 

December 11 | Double Victory Over Dalton

The Hawks boys team soared across town to play Ivy league rivals, the Dalton tigers. The game was evenly matched after the first period with a score of 18-18. In the second quarter the Hawks began to stretch their wings and outscored the tigers 15-7 giving the Hawks a halftime lead of 33-25. The tigers were not done as they clawed their way back into the game and outscored the Hawks in the 3rd quarter by 2 points. In the 4th quarter Caleb caught fire scoring 9 of his game high 29 points. When the fur and feathers settled, the Hawks were victorious by a score of 60-54. The Hawks close out the start of the season and are currently undefeated with a 5-0 record.

Our Hawks girls team showed great determination against the Dalton School as well, and capped off a 31-11 victory. The tenacious defense from both teams was on display in the first quarter. Estella and Charlotte J. provided the defensive spark that led to the hawks offense coming alive. Charlotte D. scored 8 points to lead all players. 

December 6, 2018 7-8 | Girls Post Another Win

The 7th and 8th grade girls posted another NYCAL win, facing United Nations International School on Thursday. After a slow start with many missed attempts, the girls were finally able to put the ball in the basket, and finish with 49-10 win. The Hawks were led by Elizabeth, 14 points, Bailey, 8 points, and Charlotte, 6 points. 

December 7, 2018 | Big Week for the Boys Team

Our 7-8 boys basketball team had a great week in league play. On Monday they faced Lycée Français New York. The Hawks started off slow missing seven of their first ten shots but were able to regain their form by the end of the first quarter and held the lead, winning 54-26. The team was led by Caleb and Bryson but this was a total team victory with nine hawks players who managed to out their name in the box score. On Wednesday, our Hawk team match up with United Nations International School, capturing their fourth NYCAL win, 56-36. 

November 30, 2018 | Hawks vs. Calhoun

The Hawks soared over Calhoun last Friday in the second NYCAL game of the season. The boys jumped to an early lead and never looked back. We lead 22-4 at the half and by the final buzzer the score was 45-14. Eleven Hawk players scored but everyone contributed to the victory. 

November 27, 2018 | Big wins for Hawks during first games for Girls and Boys 7-8th Grade teams vs. Trevor Day. 

Our Hawk girls basketball opened their season with Trevor Day. They took an early lead and held it. All of the players contributed to the 44-12 win. 

The Hawk boys team won a nail biter over Trevor Day 53-51. With 3.4 seconds on the clock, down by 1, Caleb hit a 3-pointer to put the Hawks ahead 53-51.

In moving forward, the boys face Calhoun on Friday, November 30 away at their gym at 3:45 p.m. The girls play UNIS next Thursday, December 6 at home at 4 p.m.