Athletics at St. Patrick’s play an integral role in our effort to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of our students. Our athletic program mirrors our academic curriculum, in that it makes room both for individuality and for cooperation toward goals that will result in significant accomplishment. We believe that physical activity and participation on a team are important for every student. Thus, we offer our students athletic activities ranging from interscholastic and intramural team sports to physical education.
Interscholastic athletics enable boys and girls to understand and practice the values of teamwork, commitment, and sportsmanship, as well as to develop a positive work ethic and to gain confidence in their physical abilities. St. Patrick’s fields interscholastic teams on the junior varsity (Grades 5 and 6) and varsity (Grades 7 and 8) levels. While students in Grades 5 and 6 all participate in physical education classes during the school day, they have the option of playing on an after-school interscholastic team at the junior varsity level. The varsity teams consist of students in Grades 7 and 8, for whom participation in the athletic program is mandatory, replacing physical education as part of the school day. In certain instances, students in Grade 6 (and, much less frequently, in Grade 5) may participate at the varsity level. Athletics offerings for the fall season are listed in a following section.
St. Patrick’s is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). The conference, which comprises ten independent schools in Maryland, Virginia, and the District, provides a safe and compatible level of competition among its members. School banners are awarded at the end of each season to top finishers in regular-season and tournament play. St. Patrick’s also competes against schools outside the CAC.
Students in Grades 4 through 6 who are seeking greater skill development in soccer, basketball, or lacrosse and who may not be ready for interscholastic competition can participate in a series of once-a-week clinics and seasonal intramural competition. Lacrosse clinic is open to students in Grades 3 as well.