McDonogh's athletic philosophy embraces the multi-sport concept because the school believes that student participation in multiple sports contributes to personal well-being and helps to sustain McDonogh's vibrant athletic program. This is why, on average, 90% of upper school students and 100% of seventh and eighth graders play on interscholastic teams.
Upper School students may choose from 28 interscholastic sports or a comprehensive, multi-faceted physical education program to fulfill their physical education/athletic requirement. Middle schoolers in grades seven and eight may join interscholastic teams in 18 different sports. A no-cut policy gives these students a chance to try activities that interest them, to develop a love of sport, and to improve their skills.