After-School Activities

Sports and activities are an integral part of the school day. Solebury School offers a wide range of choices and opportunities for both individual and group experiences, all designed to foster the development of lifelong skills and interests. View them below, or download our Profile of Sports and Activities (PDF).

Participation in a physical activity is required during at least two of the three trimesters. For those who love team sports, our students enjoy a distinct advantage that larger schools can't offer — the opportunity to play on a varsity team. At larger schools, less experienced players often don't get to play at a varsity level. Solebury is a member of the Penn-Jersey Athletic League, and most of our teams compete for a league championship each season, while a few teams play an independent schedule. Each year, we have athletes who continue on to play sports in college.

Those who do not enjoy team sports can choose from indoor and outdoor rock climbing, fitness and weight training, yoga, and more. We can also work with students to structure independent activities for activities that we currently don't offer. Recent examples of independent activities include skating, swimming, and gymnastics.

For one of the three trimesters, students can choose a non-physical activity, such as theater, debate, literary magazine, yearbook, and more.

Students are required to participate in a supervised after-school activity or interscholastic team sport each trimester; activities meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, while athletic teams meet daily and may have weekend practices and games. Unless otherwise noted, sports and activities are co-ed. Programs may be added or canceled due to student interest and availability of staff and facilities.

After-School Activities for 2017-2018

Baseball, Boys

(SPRING) Varsity team that plays about 15-18 games in a season. The team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and plays a strong non-conference schedule against area private and public schools.

Basketball, Boys

(WINTER) Varsity and Junior Varsity teams play a very strong independent schedule against top private and local public schools in the area, as well as teams from New York or Maryland. The varsity team plays 25-30 games in a season and participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League. The JV team plays 10-12 games and does not participate in a league.

Basketball, Girls

(WINTER) Varsity team that plays approximately 18-20 games in a season. This team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and plays a strong non-conference schedule against area private and public schools.

Cross Country

(FALL) Co-ed varsity team that competes in 8-10 meets and invitationals in a season. The team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and also runs against area private and public schools.

Dance Team

(FALL, WINTER) This activity, a two-trimester commitment, is for boys and girls who love to dance or want to learn. The team performs jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and pom at events on campus (i.e. basketball games) and in the local community, and participates in competitions against other dance teams in PA.

Debate

(FALL) This activity is for students either with a background in competitive debate or a willingness to learn the fundamentals. The skills learned and practiced will carry over to academic classes and public speaking opportunities.

Field Hockey, Girls

(FALL) Varsity team that plays about 10-12 games in a season. Competition is against area private and public schools. The team does not participate in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League.

Fitness for Beginners

(FALL, WINTER) This activity, limited to 9th graders looking for an introduction to fitness training, covers proper form for core movements, including but not limited to squatting, push-ups, and planks. Basic nutritional guidelines for optimal health will also be addressed.

Gardening

(FALL) In this activity, students will work in the greenhouse to learn maintenance and regulation of the greenhouse structure. Additionally, students will grow plants from seeds and cuttings to support work in the classroom, maintain the green wall, and do some outdoor gardening.

Golf

(SPRING) Co-ed varsity team that plays 6-8 matches in a season and competes against area private and public schools. The team does not participate in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League.

Lacrosse, Girls

(SPRING) Varsity team that plays about 10-12 games in a season and competes against area private and public schools. The team does not participate in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League.

Literary Magazine

(WINTER) The Solebury Literary Arts Magazine (SLAM) is produced mainly by student editors and is published once a year. Two or three editors work with a faculty advisor and produce the magazine. The magazine contains poetry, short fiction, and art submitted by students and faculty.

Middle School Activity

(FALL, WINTER) This activity, open only to middle school students, is designed to help students get to know each other, become oriented to the school, and give them support academically and socially. There are a variety of activities offered, including trips, games, library time, etc.

Model UN

This activity is for students who want to work cooperatively to solve the problems of the world: international conflicts, disasters, and incidents. During our meetings, we will conduct research, do mock simulations, and practice our speaking skills, all in preparation for a four-day national conference in February.

Newspaper

(WINTER, SPRING) The Scribe is the Solebury School newspaper written by students for students. In this activity, students will work with Adobe PageMaker desktop publishing program on three to four issues per trimester.

Outdoor Club

(SPRING) This activity involves noncompetitive outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing. All levels of outdoor experience are encouraged to participate.

Recreational Golf

(FALL) This activity introduces students to, or refines their skills in, the sport of golf. An additional fee is required to cover costs of greens fees and driving ranges at nearby courses.

Recreation Tennis

(FALL) This is an activity in which participants practice their skills through warm-ups, some drills, and most of all, by playing matches against each other.

Rock Climbing

(FALL, WINTER) Students of all abilities are welcome to participate in this activity; no previous climbing experience required. During the fall trimester, students climb at Ralph Stover State Park High Rocks, Schwangunks and other areas. During the winter trimester, students climb at The Adventure Center/Rock Gym in Doylestown, PA. An additional fee is required during the winter trimester.

Rowing

(FALL) In partnership with the Delaware River Recreation Foundation, Solebury students will be introduced to rowing, or crew — a sport that combines athleticism with team work and stamina.

Soccer, Boys

(FALL) Varsity team that plays about 12-15 games in a season. The team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and plays a strong non-conference schedule against area private and public schools.

Soccer, Girls

(FALL) Varsity team that plays about 12-15 games in a season. The team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic Conference and plays a strong non-conference schedule against area private and public schools.

Softball, Girls

(SPRING) Varsity team that plays about 12-15 games in a season. The team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and plays a strong non-conference schedule against area private and public schools.

Spartan Performance Academy

(FALL, WINTER, SPRING) One-on-one performance enhancement or optimal health training with a strength and conditioning coach. This service — which requires additional fees and is subject to approval — includes a full biomechanical risk for injury assessment and a fully individualized program.

Strength Training for Athletes

(FALL, WINTER, SPRING) Open only to students who participate in two sports; this activity would take place during his or her "off season". Athletes will learn how to do the core lifts, including but not limited to squats, dead lifts, and bench press. Space will be limited.

Tap Dance

(SPRING) Enjoy rhythm and making music with your feet? Tap dance is an activity for beginners and advanced dancers who would enjoy an intensive study of a truly American art form.

Tennis, Boys

(SPRING) Varsity team that plays 10-12 matches in a season. The team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and plays a strong non-conference schedule against area private and public schools.

Theater

(FALL, WINTER, SPRING) This activity may include either performing a role in or working on the technical stage crew for one of the school plays. There are three full productions each year, ranging from drama to comedy, classical to contemporary theater. The winter production is a musical. The technical stage crew involvement includes working with lighting, sound, set construction, set painting, and stage management; no experience necessary. The main requirement is a sincere desire to build and create while working as a member of a team. This program meets three to five days a week, depending on individual involvement. Time requirements depend on the production but may entail some Saturday and Sunday rehearsals.

Track and Field

(SPRING) Co-ed varsity team that competes in 6-8 meets in a season. The team participates in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and also competes against area private and public schools.

Ultimate Frisbee

(SPRING) Ultimate is an exciting, non-contact activity that is part soccer, basketball, and football. The rules are simple, but the games require speed, stamina, and agility.

Walking Club

(SPRING) In this activity, students walk along the PA or NJ towpath at their own pace and try to cover anywhere from 2 to 4 1/2 miles per day. Sturdy sneakers (or hiking boots) and rain gear are recommended. Last spring students walked over 100 miles in ten weeks. Students can listen to music or socialize with the other members of the club while getting in their exercise.

Winter Running

(WINTER) This noncompetitive activity trains those interested in preparing for the spring track season, as well as those who simply like running or want to try it. Students often have some choice of workout — a combination of strength drills, sprint drills, and long distance running — depending on their goals. We run outside in the heart of winter weather on purpose, and we like it.

Wrestling

(WINTER) Varsity team that competes in 10-12 matches, including 3-4 tournaments, in a season, and competes against area private and public schools. The team does not participate in the Penn-Jersey Athletic League.

Yearbook

(FALL, WINTER) Using Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop, students in this activity learn graphic design and book layout and also take, develop, and print black and white photos. Knowledge of computers and photography is helpful. This activity is a two-term commitment.

Yoga

(FALL, WINTER, SPRING) Both experienced and inexperienced practitioners will enjoy the mental and physical benefits of regular yoga practice. This activity is led by a certified yoga instructor.