Athletic Philosophy

Health, wellness, character, and leadership drive Nightingale athletics and physical education.

We want our girls to possess the collaborative and competitive skills of teamwork, sportsmanship, risk-taking, resilience, and confidence that come with being an athlete. We want them to experience the exhilarating feeling of testing themselves physically and achieving heights they may not have thought possible.

From the novice to the advanced athlete, every girl can find her place at Nightingale. We also support those athletes who pursue their passion outside of school, whether it’s sailing or skiing internationally, working with them to balance their school commitments with their competition demands.

We are proud members of the Athletic Association of Independent Schools (AAIS) of New York. Our Nighthawks compete in 12 varsity sports and have won recent championships in cross-country, lacrosse, and tennis. Our varsity tennis team has enjoyed particular success, topping the league with undefeated seasons four out of the past five years and winning the last four AAIS tournaments in a row. The 2015 team also won the city-wide Mayor’s Cup tournament, earning themselves the coveted title of “Best in the City.”

Our varsity teams are complemented by junior varsity squads and no-cut Middle School teams starting in Class V. Highlights of our Lower and Middle School physical education programs are a Red Cross-certified swim program, dance, self-defense, and over 20 Upper School physical education electives from ballet to kickboxing to yoga.