Girls need athletics and the self-confidence that grows from playing a sport. The commitment girls feel to their teammates and their sport has lasting effects on self-esteem and self-awareness. Successful women CEOs often point to participation in competitive high school athletics as a formative experience. In the same way that our academic coursework emphasizes the acquisition and application of critical skills, so belonging to a team at Laurel extends a student’s curriculum. Girls learn the responsibilities and benefits that come with teamwork and fair play. They also learn the value of how individual abilities can be enhanced by the effort expended by the whole team. Laurel athletes develop the time-management and leadership skills, discipline and resilience that will serve them well in their academic work and throughout their lives.
Though nationally girls account for just 42% of all high school athletes, at Laurel, more than 70% of our Seventh-Twelfth graders participate in athletics over the course of a year. Using our strong physical education program in Kindergarten-Grade 10 as a foundation, our Middle School athletic program builds skills; our Upper School offerings provide both JV and Varsity-level competition. Laurel girls are proud to be part of our athletic program—just look at the sea of jerseys on game days—and many of them go on to play sports at the college level. And our commitment to a rich athletic experience is mirrored by our ability to attract highly qualified and talented coaches.