Athletics, Physical Education and Wellness
In our mission statement, we pledge to graduate students who are “physically fit and emotionally unafraid,” and our approach to physical education reflects that holistic commitment to body and mind.
Whether through Wellness and Movement, our signature health and physical education program, or competitive team sports, Avenues students are supported to pursue excellence and develop the habits that lead to lifelong mental and physical health.
Wellness and Movement (WAM)
The program for nursery and pre-K uses dance and movement as a tool for physical and creative development. Classes focus on movement exploration, observation, self-awareness and expression while utilizing a joyful combination of dance choreography, drama, music, storytelling and improvisation. Kindergarten classes expand on this, progressing into the introduction of sports such as basketball, soccer and volleyball.
Spanning grades 1–10, Avenues Wellness and Movement (WAM) is a unique health and physical education experience rooted in positive psychology and dynamic play. WAM focuses on social-emotional wellbeing and physical literacy through a comprehensive movement-based curriculum.
Students in grades 9–10 also take elective classes at leading neighborhood fitness boutiques including Soul Cycle and Row House.
WAM activities include:
+ European team handball
+ Floor hockey
+ Track and field
+ Ice skating
+ Strength and conditioning
The Avenues athletics program provides opportunities for students to participate in athletic activities, have fun, experience the benefits of being physically active and enjoy being on a team or in a program. We welcome all types of student athletes: those excited to be starting out in their sport; those who want to be part of a team; and those who wish to take their athletic abilities to a higher level and master their sport.
Beyond the court or pitch, athletics at Avenues develops important life skills and qualities like time management, leadership, goal-setting, commitment and dedication. The department is guided by the school’s values of Welcome, Safety and Respect, as well as our own four core values: character, commitment, culture and connection. Our staff strive to help student athletes reach their maximum potential, and then to be humble in victory and steadfast in defeat.
Total number of teams
Teams at varsity level
Percentage of Upper Grades students on at least one team
Facilities where teams practice around the city
Girls’ tennis (9-12 only)
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Indoor track and field (9-12 only)
Squash (9-12 only)
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Crew (9-12 only)
Golf (9-12 only)
Girls’ lacrosse (9-12 only)
Outdoor track and field
Boys’ and girls’ tennis (7-8)
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AIPSL American International Private School League
PSAA Private School Athletic Association
ISAL Independent School Athletic League
ISFL Independent School Fencing League
IVY Ivy Preparatory School League
MMSTFA Metropolitan School Track and Field Association
Championships and Notable Achievements
Varsity girls’ basketball
2018 West Division champions
Varsity boys’ soccer
2016, 2017, 2018 West Division league champions
Varsity girls’ volleyball
2016, 2017 league champions
Varsity boys’ tennis
2016, 2017, 2018 West Division champions
Varsity boys’ cross country
2017 individual and league champion
Varsity boys’ fencing
2019 ISFL individual and league champion
Varsity girls’ track and field
2018 league champions
The Chelsea Piers Partnership
Avenues students enjoy unique access to world-class athletics facilities and professional instruction at Chelsea Piers, just three blocks from campus.
Chelsea Piers is the country’s premier amateur sports destination, offering an unrivaled combination of athletic facilities and professional instructors in 20 different sports. Situated on four historic Hudson River piers, the 28-acre waterfront sports complex includes six separate state-of-the-art athletic training venues for sports including golf, ice hockey, rock climbing and swimming.
+ 20,000-square-foot gymnasium + fitness center
+ Dance and yoga studio
+ Locker rooms
Clinics and Intramurals
+ Saturday basketball clinics
+ Saturday volleyball clinics
+ Saturday mini-tennis clinics
+ Spring after school intramurals
+ Comprehensive morning workout program
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