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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.

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.

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

Team sports (Grades 7-8)

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

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.

Michaelmas 2019

All School Relay 2019




Athletic Team