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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.

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

Friends Schools League

Friends Schools League Facts
The Shipley School is a member of the Friends Schools League. While Shipley is not a Quaker school, it was founded by Quakers and shares much of the philosophy and many of the values of Quaker schools.

The Friends Schools League is a co-educational high school athletic league for Philadelphia-area independent schools. The League was founded in 1982 on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends. It emphasizes the integrity of the individual and values every student equally for his or her talents and achievements. League decisions are made by consensus of the members of the League.

League website
: www.friendsschoolsleague.org

Members of the Friends Schools League
Abington Friends School www.abingtonfriends.net
Academy of the New Church www.ancss.org
Friends' Central School www.friendscentral.org
Friends Select School www.friends-select.org
George School www.georgeschool.org
Germantown Friends School www.gfsnet.org
Moorestown Friends School www.mfriends.org
The Shipley School www.shipleyschool.org
Westtown School www.westtown.edu

Mission Statement
The Friends Schools League is a diverse community of Independent Schools drawn together by a common Quaker vision of the value of healthy competition in athletics, in the context of strong community and shared values, as a powerful setting for growth and learning.
The League values the growth and development of students as athletes and people. We view athletics primarily as an opportunity to teach excellence in character and skills in ways that convey the intrinsic value of each individual student.
The schools in the league—educators, students, and families—together strive to create an environment of unreserved respect for all individuals and support of athletes at every level of development. This respect and concern for others is intended to characterize all interactions on and off the field.
The Friends Schools League promotes community as a central value. Community is strengthened by making decisions and addressing concerns by seeking shared understanding and resolution in the manner of Friends. Consistent with Friends’ principles, we promote the idea of shared responsibility for the success of all endeavors.

Friends Schools League Sportsmanship Guidelines
Promoting sportsmanship and ethical behavior in athletics is one of the primary objectives of the Friends Schools League. The Friends Schools League believes strongly that players, coaches, and officials should conduct all contests with a spirit of respect for each other and for the rules and traditions of the sport. We expect our coaches, athletes, spectators, and game officials to uphold this code by example before, during, and after every contest.
The Friends Schools League expects all of its athletes, coaches, and spectators to behave in a sportsmanlike manner. The League will not tolerate unsportsmanlike actions such as derogatory language or gestures, physical misconduct, or other disrespectful behavior. Self-control is paramount to a successful contest within the Friends Schools League.
Specifically the Friends Schools League has the following expectations for all involved in its athletic contests:
     Accept the responsibility and privilege of representing school, community, and League.
     Live up to the high standards of sportsmanship established by the League.
     Make sportsmanship the number one priority.
     Be a good role model.
     Support your team in a positive manner.
     Always interact positively with the other team and its fans.
     Treat opponents, their fans, and officials with respect.
     Shake hands with opponents at the end of competition.
     Search out opponents to recognize them for outstanding performances.
     Abide by the rules of the competition to conduct a fair contest.
     Play within the spirit of the game.

Varsity Sports

Baseball  Softball
Boys’ Basketball 
Girls’ Basketball
Boys’ Cross Country 
Girls’ Cross Country
Boys’ Lacrosse 
Girls’ Lacrosse
Boys’ Soccer  
Girls’ Soccer
Boys’ Swimming 
Girls’ Swimming
Boys’ Tennis  
Girls’ Tennis
Boys’ Track & Field 
Girls’ Track & Field
Field Hockey  

The Friends Schools League holds tournaments in both varsity and junior varsity sports.

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Did You Know?

100% of Shipley graduates attend college within a year of graduating
Learn more about Shipley’s College Counseling Program

25% of Shipley seniors received National Merit recognition in the past eight years
Learn more about Shipley’s College Counseling Program

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/shipleysports1415.

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