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At Shipley, the playing fields are important extensions of the classroom, with unlimited lessons in life skills. Students learn how to work to fulfill potential while they gain experience and refine tactics. They cooperate with teammates and develop healthy attitudes toward competition — whether winning or losing.

Our students don’t have to choose between academic success and sports achievement. They can be good students and good athletes. Athletics combines healthy competition, skill development, and opportunities for each student to participate in ways that are best for him or her.

In our program, everyone learns to play and everyone can play sports. We offer an uncommon number of athletics choices to suit many interests and abilities. Coaches combine passion for their sports with compassion for student athletes.


Lower School physical education follows a carefully constructed developmentally appropriate curriculum that incorporates fitness activities, games, and non-competitive play.

Middle School athletics combines physical education and interscholastic sports. Middle Schoolers play a different sport in each of three seasons.

Upper School students fulfill their athletics requirement each year through:

  • two or more seasons of interscholastic sports
  • physical education courses, or
  • an independent program in athletics.

Interscholastic competition — Students get their first taste of interscholastic sports in 6th grade. All levels of competition include a mix of Friends Schools League games plus non-league competition. Our athletes compete with many independent, public, and parochial schools, including some of the most competitive in the region. View the Sports Schedule.

Multi-sport athletes — Our coaches frequently work together to enable multi-sport athletes to play the sports that they choose.

Positive Coaching Alliance

In 2008, Shipley became a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to transform youth sports into a positive, character-building experience.

The organization's three national goals include:

  • Replacing the "win-at-all-cost" model of coaching with the Double-Goal Coach®, who wants to win but has a second, more important, goal of using sports to teach life lessons;
  • Teaching youth sports organization leaders how to create an organizational culture in which Honoring the Game is the norm; and
  • Sparking and fueling a "social epidemic" of Positive Coaching that will sweep this country.

The Positive Coaching Alliance has developed practical tools to change the culture of youth sports and is making them available to coaches, parents, league organizers and others who will fire this movement. Read more about the Shipley and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Shipley Athletics Choices

Upper School competitive team sports:
Fall – soccer, field hockey, tennis, cross country, crew
Winter – basketball, volleyball, squash, swimming
Spring – lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, crew, golf

Middle School competitive team sports:
Fall – soccer, field hockey, tennis
Winter – basketball, volleyball, squash, swimming
Spring – lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, golf

Upper School non-competitive athletics and physical education:
Strength conditioning
Student athletic trainers
Physical education/ fitness
Sports photojournalism

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Did You Know?

100% of Shipley graduates attend college within a year of graduating
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25% of Shipley seniors received National Merit recognition in the past eight years
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J.D. Salinger honored his wife’s alma mater with a mention in his classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Learn more about Shipley Alumni

Oscar-winning director Erica Rehl ‘89 is a Shipley graduate Learn more about Shipley Alumni

100% of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Music at Shipley

300% of Middle and Upper School students participate in theater. Learn more about Theater Arts at Shipley

90% of Upper School students play an interscholastic sport. Learn more about Athletics at Shipley

75% of Upper School students compete at the varsity level. Learn more about Varsity Programs at Shipley

50+ colleges have recruited Shipley athletes in Divisions I, II, and III.

There are 15 students in each Lower School class on average. Learn more about Lower School

10 adults will know your elementary school (or LS depending) child as a learner and a person each year. Learn more about Lower School

5 is the average age of Shipley students doing their first research project in the Kindergarten Knights and Castles unit. Learn more about this project

100% of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Shipley’s E/LS music program

100% of Lower School students build a foundation for future success through our challenging curriculum. Learn more about Lower School curriculum

100% of Lower School students learn how to resolve conflicts, negotiate, present their point of view, and serve the community in our internationally recognized character education program. Learn more about Character Education

100% of students benefit academically AND socially from developing emotional literacy skills. Learn more about Shipley Core Values Curriculum

200 real-world capstone service learning projects completed by Shipley students each year. Think Care Act in 5th grade, a Leadership Project in 8th grade, and the Senior Service Project in 12th grade.

5 key content elements of the SEED curriculum Pre-K through 12th grade: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management and Organization, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Management. Learn more about Shipley Core Values Curriculum

Shipley Has:

6 music ensembles in each division.

5 theater productions in the Middle and Upper Schools annually.

A 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio

55 athletics championships in the past six years

225 Shipley colleagues trained in emotional intelligence strategies.

14,490 minutes of class time devoted to Shipley's core values curriculum Pre-K through Grade 12.

14 years of integrated core values curriculum offered to all students.

61% of teaching faculty with advanced degrees.

10 art courses offered in the Upper School

The only high school emotional intelligence course in partnership with Yale University offered in the country, right here at Shipley.

46 honors courses to challenge students

6 specials (music, art, science, PE, character education, and world language) enhancing Shipley’s core curriculum.

Sports Photos

You can view and purchase Shipley Sports photos by Mark Tassoni, http://marktassoniphotography.zenfolio.com/shipleysports2013.

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