Our new state-of-the-art athletic facilities are the latest demonstration of the pride The Country School takes in fielding among the most competitive sports teams in New England for a school of its size.
Our record shows that we win games far out of proportion to the number of students we enroll, and we produce student-athletes who go on to compete at the varsity level in some of the top high school and collegiate programs across the country. In fact, since 2010, an average of five Country School alumni athletes per graduating class have gone on to compete at top NCAA Division I, II, and III schools, including Amherst, Boston College, Columbia, MIT, Northwestern, Stanford, and Villanova — a staggering number considering that each class had an average graduating class size of 30.
Recent years have seen the school win league or tournament championships in soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, and ultimate frisbee, with several of our runners, some as young as age 6, qualifying to compete at the state, regional, and national levels.
Athletics for All
One of the hallmarks of our program is its inclusiveness. At The Country School, every student is welcome to play, regardless of prior experience. As a result, 90 percent of our Middle School students elect to participate on at least one interscholastic team each year. That inclusiveness has inspired countless Country School students to not only try something new, but in many cases to discover a passion for an activity that they have been able to take with them to the next level and beyond.
The Country School's athletics program is designed to develop the whole child — mind, body, and spirit — through a variety of activities which promote physical development, teamwork, skills, participation, cooperation, sportsmanship, citizenship, and fun.
The goals of our Athletics Program are consistent with our school's beliefs about teaching and learning:
- To teach students a variety of ways to be active through fun and exciting activities
- To develop a love for movement and fitness
- To instill the importance of overall physical health
- To give students the basics needed to stay physically active throughout their lifetimes
- To develop basic skills needed in a variety of team and individual activities
- To teach rules and regulations of several activities
- To support our core values and demonstrate them through athletic events
All students, from PreSchool through Grade 8, participate in our regular physical education classes. For younger students, basic movement skills are focused on, and then various ball and game skills are introduced. Small, modified games are worked on next to reinforce skills. Eventually, full-field, regulation games are practiced across various grade levels. The lessons learned in our PE classes are readily transferred to the playing field and courts, as our Middle School athletic teams compete against area schools, both public and independent.