Athletics

A Focus on Fitness

Ridgefield Academy has long realized that physical fitness and education is an important part of a student’s overall development.

Our outdoor facilities include a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field, as well as a baseball and softball field - both overlooking one of the most spectacular views in Ridgefield. Additionally, our challenging cross country course threads its way through our beautiful 42 acre campus. Indoors, our gymnasium includes a climbing wall, a full-court gymnasium, and newly appointed wrestling facilities.

Athletics is an integral and required part of an Upper School student’s overall educational experience at Ridgefield Academy. Our athletic program offers excellent opportunities to reinforce the core values in our school’s mission – respect, empowerment, and responsibility – while also assisting in student development and team building.

The objectives of RA’s athletic program are to:
  • Teach skills and values through practice and competitive play
  • Instill a drive to continually improve oneself while emphasizing the importance of working cooperatively as a contributing member of a team
  • Make each student feel included and successful in sports
  • Empower students to experience healthy competition, while gracefully accepting defeat as well as victory

Winning is naturally a goal of our teams’ efforts, but the standards of good sportsmanship and enjoyment of physical activity take precedence at all times. We believe that the experiences of hard work, high expectations, teamwork and individual effort enhance the educational value of all contests – win or lose.

Ridgefield Academy is a member of the Middle School Fairchester Athletic Association. We compete against other MSFAA member schools as well as non-association independent schools.

Physical Education in Lower School

Lower School Physical Education allows students to tackle developmentally appropriate exercises in the gym and outdoor playground. The curriculum is designed to explore spatial orientation, refine motor skills, develop hand-eye coordination, and discover body awareness, balance and rhythm.

Students are taught to appreciate the benefits of good sportsmanship, teamwork, safety and fitness while having fun in the process.

Students in Lower School participate in physical education classes three times per week.

Physical Education in Middle School

In grades 4 and 5, our PE program changes focus to reinforce skill development. The Middle School PE curriculum is more sports-oriented and includes age appropriate physical games and activities, as well as specific instructional units geared to expose our students to the team sports they will encounter in Upper School.

Middle School students become members of Ridgefield Academy's Blue-White Team. This intramural program affords these students the opportunity to play against their classmates in a competitive yet instructional atmosphere. Small games and scrimmages allow students to take part in game-like situations as different skills are learned. Concepts of offense/defense, field sense, and strategies are introduced while teamwork and sportsmanship are stressed. Throughout the year, several after-school games are offered. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend as supportive spectators.

Athletics in Upper School

In Grade 6 Physical Education becomes Athletics. All Upper School students are required to play a sport during each of the three trimesters. The teams play home and away games against other independent schools. Ridgefield Academy is a member of the Fairchester Athletic Association.

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FALL SPORTS

Boys/Girls Soccer
Co-ed Cross Country
Girls Field Hockey
Wrestling
Volleyball

WINTER SPORTS

Boys/Girls Basketball
Dance
Winter Fitness
Fencing
Yoga

SPRING SPORTS

Boys Baseball
Girls Softball
Boys/Girls Lacrosse
Co-ed Cross Country