Philosophy & Programs - Athletics - McDonogh School

Philosophy & Programs

opportunities grounded in values

A key component of McDonogh's athletic program is teaching and reinforcing in players the values relating to wholesome competition, great sportsmanship, and fair play.

It begins with our coaches who set a good example for players and spectators.

Treating officials as well as the opposing team’s coaches, players, and fans with respect is expected of all McDonogh constituents--players, coaches, and parents--at all home and away competitions.

The Athletic Department encourages students to become members of teams, to be the best they can be, and to reach their personal potential.

Being a member of a team is a privilege. Students will learn life lessons such as how to work with a group, how to be selfless, how to persevere when things don’t go well, and how to be gracious winners and losers.

Upper School Program

McDonogh's athletic philosophy embraces the multi-sport concept. We believe that student participation in multiple sports not only contributes to personal well-being but also helps to sustain McDonogh's vibrant athletic program. On average, 90% of Upper School students actively participate on one or more of our 28 interscholastic teams, underscoring the widespread embrace of this holistic approach.

In most sports, we offer varsity and junior varsity teams. When student interest and numbers are high enough, we offer a third team. Sports that lend themselves easily to the possibility of a third team include boys and girls soccer, basketball, field hockey, and girls lacrosse. We encourage students to go out for a team of their choice, and if that choice doesn’t work out, then try out for a different team.

Middle School Program

Teamwork, sportsmanship, fitness, safety, and fun are hallmarks of the Middle School athletics program, which provides students with additional opportunities to learn, grow, take risks, and give their best effort. The friendships made and the experiences enjoyed in athletics provide many important LifeReady skills and create lasting memories. 

Athletics takes place during the last two periods of the school day. Fifth and sixth grade students participate in physical education classes where they learn the fundamental skills of both team and lifetime sports, while seventh and eighth grade students participate on interscholastic and intramural teams in a variety of sports each season. The interscholastic teams compete after school against other independent, public, and club teams.

Teams and Schedules