Upper School Athletics


Friends Select’s athletic program, open to students in grades 5 through 12, helps students build a sense of self-esteem and community through teamwork and individual accomplishment. 

Students learn skills and strategies from the games played, and participation in the athletic program encourages good sportsmanship, responsibility, and time management skills. Many Friends Select students continue to pursue athletics at the collegiate level. Numerous Friends Select graduates have gone on to play sports at Division I, Division II, and Division III colleges and universities.

As an integral part of Friends Select’s educational mission, the athletic program encourages commitment to self, team, and the school community. On an individual level, each student develops motivation, skills, discipline, and pride in achievement. By participating on a team, students cultivate and demonstrate integrity, commitment, and dedication to their sport and to one another. Collectively, students build community by embracing athletic competition and school spirit, strengthened by high standards of sportsmanship. The athletic program prepares students for the “whole of life” by teaching valuable lessons that extend far beyond their years at Friends Select School.



Friends Select’s athletic facilities include:

  • 25-yard swimming pool with timing system and scoreboard
  • Full gymnasium
  • Secondary gymnasium (mat room)
  • Fitness center
  • Athletic training room
  • Girls, boys, and all-gender private locker rooms
  • Rooftop athletic fields (field hockey)
  • Fitness/dance studio
  • Soccer, softball, and baseball fields in
  • Fairmount Park
  • Vesper Boat House (crew)
  • Racquet Club of Philadelphia
  • Fairmount Park tennis courts and Legacy tennis courts


Each student in grades 9 through 12 is required to participate in one season of an interscholastic sport, perform in a drama production, serve as a member of the stage and tech crew, or take part in one of the community activities that fulfill the activity requirement. With approval, students may fulfill the sports requirement as a team manager, scorekeeper, or photographer. In the past year, nearly 84% of students played at least one sport, and almost 60% participated in multiple sports.

Friends Select’s athletic offerings in middle school include:

  • Fall: Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Girls’ Tennis

  • Winter: Basketball, Swimming, Squash

  • Spring: Baseball, Softball, Boys’ Tennis, Golf, Crew






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