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Afternoon Activities

The Afternoon Activities program allows Upper School students to relax, get some exercise and fresh air, and mix with a different group of peers. All activities are coed and meet at least three times a week in the afternoons for 45-minute sessions.

Any special attire, or equipment is noted in the activity description. Please be mindful of bringing the correct athletic attire and needs for your assigned activity.

Students enrolled in the Lower School Institute take part in a rotation program of tennis, soccer, and team games.

Basketball

Students work on game skills and are organized into teams to play on an intramural basis. Basketball shoes are required. Running shoes are not allowed.

Outdoor Games

Students play a rotation of popular American schoolyard games, including kickball, dodgeball, and Capture the Flag. Don't be concerned if you've never played these games - we'll teach you!

Power Walking & Running

These low- to high-level aerobic activities follow trails and routes on campus and through the town of Andover. Runners can choose a group that matches the intensity of their desired training, from light jogging to a more intensive cross-country experience. Students improve their general fitness, sense of well-being, and endurance. Proper walking/running shoes and attire required.

Soccer

Students of all skill levels are welcome and then organized into teams to play on an intramural basis. Small sided games (5v5) and full field play are used. Molded cleats and shin guards required.

Tennis

Recreational matches are organized for players, in either singles or doubles. Players who have their own racquets should bring these to campus, though we do have a limited number available to lend.

Volleyball

Played on outdoor volleyball courts, the competition is friendly and fun. All skill levels welcome!

In the summer of 2017, we anticipate adding the following new Afternoon Activities options:

Fitness

Core conditioning focusing on improving strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Participants will engage in a variety of activities ranging from weight training, dynamic stretching, and core work, to power walking and jogging.

Yoga/Pilates

Participants will work on creating balance in the body while developing strength and flexibility. Using a variety of poses appropriate for both beginners and those with more experience, these workouts will also engage the brain by practicing mindfulness and offering opportunities to re-center, revitalize, and re-engage. Students who have their own yoga mats should bring these to campus, though we do have a limited number available to lend.

Dance

Students will experience dancing to a variety of music such as pop, Broadway and hip hop. Choreography will reflect the skill level of the group, and will meld a variety of styles from hip-hop and step to Zumba or jazz. Get your cardio while showing off your moves!

Spinning

Take advantage of Andover’s facilities to experience a spin class! Our instructor guides students through workout phases of indoor cycling, with each workout consisting of a warm-up, steady up-tempo cadences, sprints, climbs, and a cool-down. Cycling indoors is a great, low-impact way to burn calories and improve your cardiovascular health.

Stickball

Students with an interest or passion for baseball or softball should give this recreational activity a go. Students will be divided into teams for friendly games of stickball. Play ball, and knock ‘em out of the park this summer!