Athletics

Playing to Learn—and to Win!

Organized sports begin with Upper Elementary teams (4th – 6th grade), continue with Middle School teams (7th and 8th grade) and finish with Upper School teams (9th – 12th grade). We field ten competitive teams: boys’ and girls’ basketball, co-ed cross country, co-ed golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ tennis, baseball, co-ed swimming and girls’ volleyball.

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Planes of Participation

Upper Elementary (Developmental 4-6 years): The objectives of the Upper Elementary program are improvement through participation and the introduction of basic skills. Coaches will teach basic rules and principles of the game.
In sports when MSR does not field a UE team, 4th, 5th and 6th year students are eligible to participate on a middle school team. It is important to note that playing time on a middle school team will be based on a player’s ability to make a significant contribution to a middle school team.

Middle School (Practiced 7-8 years): The objectives of the middle-school program are improvement through participation and the continued development of basic skills. Middle school athletics will allow each student the opportunity to participate and grow in sportsmanship and character through higher-level competitive experiences.  Playing time will be maximized based on  readiness and participation in practice. Coaches will continue to partner with parents in the skill development of student athletes.

Upper School (Mastery 9-12 years): The objective of this level is to exhibit impeccable sportsmanship and excellence. High School athletics is highly competitive and advanced. At this level, the athlete will be scrutinized more thoroughly in his character, ability, readiness, and skills.

The Athletic Program at The Montessori School of Raleigh is an important part of the school’s educational program, and students are encouraged to participate in interscholastic sports.  MSR has a “no-cuts” policy and our Upper Elementary, Middle, and Upper School sports programs are open to all students that want to enjoy athletics and team camaraderie.