Athletics and PE
Consistent with the St. Patrick’s School Creed—which promotes Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Kindness—athletics at St. Patrick’s also teach important lessons about sportsmanship and fair play.
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 developmental team sports to physical education. Our Wolfhounds compete in in the Capital Athletic Conference in five sports (soccer, cross country, basketball, lacrosse, and track & field) at the Varsity (Grades 7 & 8) and JV (Grades 5 & 6) levels.
Our Physical Education program puts young people on the path to a life experiencing the joys and benefits of fitness and movement. Beginning in Nursery School, students participate in physical education classes during the school day through Grade 6. In Grades 7 and 8, participation in the athletic program is mandatory, replacing physical education as part of the school day.
Students in Grades 3 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 developmental clinics and seasonal competition.
Varsity (Grades 7 & 8)
Junior Varsity (Grades 5 & 6)
Developmental (Grades 3 & 4)
Track & Field
St. Patrick’s is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
The conference, a group of like-configured 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 and, to date, has played every major school in the area that sponsors competition at our grade levels.