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Teams and Schedules

Upper School Teams

In Upper School, the focus is more competitive. While cuts do take place, one team per season adheres to the “no-cut” policy allowing all students an opportunity to participate on a team.  Coaches strive to instill the values of ethics, teamwork and sportsmanship as they simultaneously teach their young athletes how to balance their academic needs with their physical, social and emotional growth.

We are a founding member of the AAIS, a league made up of 11 private schools throughout New York City. Some of our successful teams compete at the state level in NYSAIS and many make the AAIS championship tournaments. Most recently in spring 2021, the Varsity Cross Country team captured the AAIS Championship; in fall 2022, the Varsity Soccer were AAIS Regular Season Champions; and in winter 2022, Varsity Squash were the NYSAIS runners-up. 


  • Varsity Cross Country
  • Varsity Field Hockey
  • Varsity Soccer
  • Varsity Tennis
  • Varsity Volleyball
  • Junior Varsity Volleyball

Middle School Teams

The passion for Brearley athletics begins when girls are in the Class V and have their first opportunity to participate on one of our eight V/VI teams. The V/VI athletic program is designed to be introductory in nature by placing an emphasis on sport-specific skill development, and by providing students with an opportunity to experience a variety of teams and individual sports in an intramural and interscholastic setting. 

The VII/VIII program offers a “no-cut" policy to ensure every student has a place on a team of her choice regardless of skill or experience. The VII/VIII program builds on the V/VI program with an increased competitive schedule and increased time commitment (three days per week). In some sports (volleyball and basketball) athletes are divided into A and B teams based on skill level. In addition to age-appropriate skill development, there is an emphasis on camaraderie, teamwork and spirit. In all competitions and events, athletes are guaranteed participation/playing time. Attendance is required (with the exception of religious school that occurs during the practice time). The goal of the VII/VIII program is to develop and prepare our athletes for varsity competition in the Upper School. Middle School athletes are given opportunities to develop leadership skills by being elected captain and given team responsibilities. A majority of VII/VIII contests are with AAIS schools. 

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