In conjunction with the philosophy of the Academy, our afternoon requirement places an emphasis on developing a healthy, active lifestyle and is consistent with our belief that students should interact with their peers both on and off campus. We believe that the experiences gained from physical activity benefit our students and play a significant role in allowing them to develop the skills, attitudes, and habits necessary to build a strong mind, body and spirit.



Afternoon Programs

Student Options

Academy Players - Play
Cross Country (Boys/Girls)
Field Hockey (Girls)
Outdoor Program
Service Team
Soccer (Boys/Girls)
Technical Theater
Varsity Sports Manager
Volleyball (Girls)
Water Polo
WMA Design Fellows
Academy Players - Musical
Basketball (Boys/Girls)
Downhill Skiing
Model Congress
Music Lab
Science Olympiad
Service Team
Swimming (Boys/Girls)
Technical Theater
Varsity Sports Manager
WMA Design Fellows
Winter Track
Academy Players - Film
Baseball (Boys)
Golf (Boys/Girls)
Lacrosse (Boys/Girls)
Outdoor Program
Rugby (Boys/Girls)
Service Team
Softball (Girls)
Tennis (Boys/Girls)
Track & Field
Volleyball (Boys)
Varsity Sports Manager
WMA Design Fellows
Fitness (Winter only)
Intramural Tennis (Fall)
Life Sports (Spring)
Non-Varsity Sports Manager
Tai Chi (Winter)
Yearbook (Fall/Winter)
Yoga (Fall/Winter/Spring)

Overview & requirements

Our "Afternoon Program'' offers choices between athletic and non-athletic activities for all students during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons:

  • Grades 9 and 10 must select three seasons from Group Options.
  • Grades 11, 12 and postgraduates must select two seasons from the Group Option and either a Group Option or Independent Option for the third season.

Swim requirement

We require all Grade 9 and 10 students to be able to swim a minimum of 75 yards and tread water for 2 minutes.

New students will be tested in the fall, and if they choose not to be tested or are unable to complete the test, we will offer swim lessons. The lessons will be free and can be private or in a group.

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Testing is required for:

2019 - all new Grade 9, 10 and 11 students

2020 - all students will be engaged in the swim requirement

Athletics Info

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Director of Athletics


head of school with athletes

Don Nicholson '79
Director of Athletics

Mr. Nicholson, a member of the Class of 1979, has been at the Academy since receiving his bachelor's degree from Keene State. He also earned a master's degree in History from American International College.

He taught history for 20 years and served as the History Department Chair for 10 of those years.He then assumed the position of Director of Alumni & Development, in which capacity he served for seven years. He is presently Director of Athletics.

His Girls' Varsity Soccer teams have earned ten Western New England Division Championships and one Western New England League Championship. They have also been New England Finalists three times and have earned two New England Prep School Championships.

Mr. Nicholson was the Massachusetts and New England Prep/Parochial Coach of the year in 2001. He holds a National Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

He lives in Brewer House with his wife Karen. His son Kyle and daughter Nicole are both alumni, members of the Class of 2003.



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Health & Wellness

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Meet the staff

Doreen Majka

Titles: Athletic Coordinator

Donald Nicholson

Class of 1979
Titles: Director of Athletics, Head Coach, Girls' Varsity Soccer

David Weeks

Titles: Supervisor, Athletic Equipment & Facilities

Erika Whipple

Titles: Assistant Director of Athletics, Head Athletic Trainer



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