Fay’s core value of Wellness of Mind, Body, and Spirit is the foundation of our athletics program—and to that end, we have developed athletic programs at each division that meet the needs of our students.
Students in Kindergarten through grade four take physical education classes as part of their rotation of weekly classes. In the youngest grades, students play games that develop fine- and gross-motor skills, learn the basic rules of popular sports, and participate in activities where they can practice teamwork and sportsmanship.
The 5th and 6th grade athletic program is a bridge from the physical education curriculum taught in the lower grades and the interscholastic athletic program introduced in grade seven. Each trimester, fifth and sixth graders select a team sport and attend practice after school each day. The program includes instructional practices, where coaches work with students on skills, rules, and sportsmanship; intramural games to build camaraderie; and interscholastic games, which offer appropriate levels of competition against peer schools in a fun and positive environment.
In the Upper School, students also select a team sport each term and attend practice after school each day. Our philosophy is “everyone plays”—which means that we make every effort to ensure that students are not cut from their sport of choice. Rather, our most competitive students play on our varsity teams, while our students with less experience play on our junior varsity teams as they build skill and experience. There are occasional times when some sports (specifically tennis and squash) have more registrants than available spaces, and in those cases we give students plenty of advance notice so that they may choose an alternate sport they will enjoy.
Athletics is an intrinsic part of life at Fay—and while the Fay athletics program is an excellent place for a student to start their athletic career or try something new, it is also a program that supports elite athletes who want to compete at a high level at Fay and beyond.
“Fay’s program serves strong athletes really well,” says Athletic Director Rob Feingold, who also coaches boys varsity soccer and lacrosse. “Just as we support talented musicians and students who excel in the classroom, we also support our athletes with strong coaching and a competitive athletic schedule that mirrors what they will see in secondary school.” Learn more by clicking the button below.