At IDEAL, Inclusion is Everywhere
At the IDEAL School of Manhattan, APEX means Academic and Physical EXcellence, and the goal of the APEX Athletics Program is to provide the framework needed for our student athletes to develop healthy habits in order to achieve a full mind-body balance. As the Brain Research Institute at UCLA points out, “Just as physical exercise primes the body, researchers are finding that it also primes the mind. Exercise prompts brain cells to multiply, strengthens their connections and boost their resilience against damage and disease.” To this end, we have designed a program that will allow our older students (Grades 5-12) to focus on academics and athletics in a structured environment that supports each student’s individual success.
APEX teams and clubs range from competitive league play to noncompetitive and modified club play. Students are encouraged to participate, and all students who wish to join can and will play in the APEX Program.
Playing sports does not just prepare an athlete, but prepares
citizen with valuable life and leadership skills,
ready to contribute to society.
Students choose their sport and IDEAL’s Athletic Department matches them with the right team or club that will be the best fit, taking into consideration factors such as the student’s age (competitive leagues have strict age and grade requirements), skill level, intensity of competition, the student’s interests and goals, and social and leadership opportunities. Most sports have Middle School, High School, and mixed age options. There are co-ed teams and separate boys and girls teams, depending on the level of student interest and league requirements.
Fall Sports: Volleyball, Cross Country
Winter Sports: Basketball
Spring Sports: Track & Field, Golf
We are committed to teaching our students how to be a valuable, kind, respectful, and dedicated person through physical education and teamwork. Our student athletes embody our school’s values of Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Acceptance, and Leadership in our own gym and outside of it.We strive to help our students grow as people, grow as athletes, and have fun doing it.