Athletic Programs

Manhattan Campuses

Lower School

Physical Education

Students in grades 2 - 4 participate in a comprehensive physical education program where they are introduced to age appropriate physical fitness concepts and activities as well as locomotor skills to enhance coordination, balance and agility, and the acquisition of sports skills. In every class, the physical education teachers seek to instill important life skills such as teamwork, good sportsmanship, fair play, personal achievement and a cognitive ability to strategize for competition. In class, the students work on developing basic skills that they will then use in age appropriate lead-up games, cooperative play and scrimmages, where they will be challenged to achieve their personal best. Students are encouraged to join the After School programs where these skills are reinforced through games, intramural and interscholastic sports. The physical education department culminates the year with one of the great Windward traditions – Field Day.

Athletics

At the Manhattan Campus, the Athletics program allows students to build sports skills as well as participate with friends in a variety of clinics, intramural and interscholastic sports. Students in grades 3 and 4 have the opportunity to participate in the after-school sports program which introduces them to a variety of sports where skills are reinforced through enjoyable drills, fun lead-up games and team play. Additionally, instructional tennis is available to our 2nd through 4th graders on Friday afternoons.

As the year progresses, athletic programs will be developed to fit the interests of the student body.

Clubs & Activities

The Manhattan Lower School Activities Program provides a broad range of clubs, activities and trips for our diverse student population. These experiences afford students the opportunities to socialize in a less formal academic setting.

During the school day, various clubs meet at recess under the supervision of highly-trained Windward faculty members. Clubs gather one or more times per week for an 8-week session, with some spanning the school year. Students are encouraged to propose new clubs based on their interests. To date, our clubs have included:

  • Student Council: Students have the opportunity to represent their classmates and lead various community service projects.
  • Chorus: 3rd and 4th graders learn to sing in beautiful harmony.
  • The Yoga Club: Students are introduced to age-appropriate yoga poses as well as breathing and mindfulness techniques.
  • The Scrapbook Club: Students document the evolution of our New York City campus.

More traditional after-school activities are also an essential part of the Activities Program. The school year is divided into trimesters – the fall session commencing in September, the winter session kicking off in December, and the spring session getting underway in March. The overarching goal of the program is to appeal to as many students as possible by incorporating varied activities and season-specific sports that pique our students’ interests and promote their abilities. Instructors are trained Windward faculty members and outside professionals that provide expert instruction.

This year, several new programs will be introduced while many of our more popular programs will again be offered. These include: Chess Club, Sports & Games, the Lego & Jr. Robotics Club, and Instructional Tennis.

Please contact Liz Cerabino, After-School Activities Chair, Manhattan Campus, for further information.

Middle School

Physical Education

Students in grades 5 - 8 participate in a comprehensive physical education program where they are introduced to age appropriate physical fitness concepts and activities as well as locomotor skills to enhance coordination, balance and agility, and the acquisition of sports skills. In every class, the physical education teachers seek to instill important life skills such as teamwork, good sportsmanship, fair play, personal achievement and a cognitive ability to strategize for competition. In class, the students work on developing basic skills that they will then use in age appropriate lead-up games, cooperative play and scrimmages, where they will be challenged to achieve their personal best. Students are encouraged to join the After School programs where these skills are reinforced through games, intramural and interscholastic sports. The physical education department culminates the year with one of the great Windward traditions – Field Day.

Athletics

At the Manhattan Campus, the Athletics program allows students to build sports skills as well as participate with friends in a variety of clinics, intramural and interscholastic sports. Students in grades 5 - 8 have the opportunity to join their classmates in a variety of clinics and interscholastic sports based on the season. Students of varying athletic ability can opt to join in-season clinics that teach and enhance sports skills, promote teamwork and sportsmanship, and help to develop strong basic fundamental skills in specific sports. The fall season kicks off with interscholastic coed soccer for 5th, 6th and 7th graders as well as an interscholastic cross country team. The winter season includes intramural and interscholastic basketball, cheerleading and tennis.

Clubs & Activities

The Manhattan Middle School Activities Program provides a broad range of clubs, activities and trips for our diverse student population. These experiences afford students the opportunities to socialize in a less formal academic setting.

During the school day, various clubs meet at recess under the supervision of highly-trained Windward faculty members. Clubs gather one or more times per week for an 8-week session, with some spanning the school year. Students are encouraged to propose new clubs based on their interests. To date, our clubs have included:

  • Student Council: Students have the opportunity to represent their classmates and lead various community service projects.
  • The Yoga Club: Students are introduced to age-appropriate yoga poses as well as breathing and mindfulness techniques.
  • The Scrapbook Club: Students document the evolution of our New York City campus.

More traditional after-school activities are also an essential part of the Activities Program. The school year is divided into trimesters – the fall session commencing in September, the winter session kicking off in December, and the spring session getting underway in March. The overarching goal of the program is to appeal to as many students as possible by incorporating varied activities and season-specific sports that pique our students’ interests and promote their abilities. Instructors are trained Windward faculty members and outside professionals that provide expert instruction.

This year, several new programs will be introduced while many of our more popular programs will again be offered. These include: Chess Club, Sports & Games, the Lego & Jr. Robotics Club, and Instructional Tennis.

Please contact Liz Cerabino, After-School Activities Chair, Manhattan Campus, for further information.

Westchester Campuses

Lower School

Physical Education

In the Lower School, students have physical education class every day. Teachers introduce students in grades 1-4 to basic physical fitness concepts, cooperative group games, dance, locomotor skills, spatial awareness, and sports development activities. Throughout the year, physical education teachers provide activities that instill in students important life skills such as teamwork, game strategies, and good sportsmanship. In class, students work on developing strong basic skills and then use them in age appropriate lead-up and creative games, cooperative play, and scrimmages. Students are encouraged to join the After School Program, where these skills are reinforced through fun games and team play. The structure of the Lower School’s physical education program provides Windward’s younger students with a smooth transition into the program at the Middle School.

After School Activities

The After-School Program at Windward’s Westchester Lower School serves a dual purpose for the children in grades 1-4. First and foremost, the program provides students with an opportunity to participate in an activity that they enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere once the school day has ended. Secondly, the After-School Program gives students the opportunity to develop and practice essential social and emotional skills.

The After-School program has three sessions: fall, winter and spring. The fall session begins in September, shortly after the opening of school; the winter session commences in December, prior to the holiday recess; and the spring session generally starts in March. The program aims to attract as many students as possible by offering numerous activities as well as season-specific sports that meet their many interests. Activities vary depending on the particular program session. Past programs have included Sports and Games, ceramics, digital storytelling, papier maché, chess club, soccer, “Wacky Baseball,” and “Mad Science.” Instructors are members of Windward’s faculty and professionals from outside organizations that have provided instruction in such offerings as tennis and fencing.

Since Windward’s student body is drawn from towns and counties across three states, the After-School Program gives students the opportunity to participate in activities with school friends whom they might not easily see outside of the academic day. The program’s goal is to bring students together via structured activities that allow them to enjoy themselves and socialize.

Please contact Kristin Galvin, Assistant Director of Athletics and Coordinator of the After School Program, if you have any questions.

Middle School

Physical Education

The program for students in the fifth and sixth grades builds upon the lower school curriculum and is based on skill acquisition, creative drills combined with lead-up games and game play. Seventh and eighth grade students review the fundamentals of sport specific skills and engage in team scrimmages. They also have the opportunity to enroll in elective activities, which include Zumba, yoga, fitness, rollerblading, and dance. The ninth grade curriculum is unique in that it is aimed at fostering an interest in lifetime sports such as tennis, bowling, golf, and skating. The Middle School’s physical education curriculum places a strong emphasis on fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship and activities that foster an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle. In all classes, students are introduced to age appropriate skills, concepts, rules, and strategies, and are given opportunities to practice those skills via drills, cooperative activities, creative games, and scrimmages.

Athletics

The Middle School athletics program is designed to enhance students’ personal development and athletic abilities through the teaching of sound skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The School boasts a variety of interscholastic and intramural teams and clubs, allowing students to excel in an area of their choice while representing the Windward community. Students of varying athletic abilities participate together on teams whose primary goals are to model and promote self-esteem, school spirit, fundamental skills, and love of the game. The coaches successfully incorporate many of the same teaching strategies used in the classroom to instruct our students on the field. All students are encouraged to participate in after school athletics through which they can enjoy competing with friends while building character and developing life skills.

Windward athletes compete against neighboring schools in the Fairchester League, a consortium of independent schools in Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT. In keeping with Windward’s philosophy, the league emphasizes fair play, teamwork, and participation over winning. Interscholastic sports offered at Windward include fall and spring cross-country, soccer, basketball, squash, lacrosse, and softball.

Intramural and instructional sports include volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, tennis, and fencing.