Our Program

Athletic Passes
Athletics Passes are now available for sale online or by check to the school. The purchase of an $85.00 annual pass grants all members of your immediate family admission to all home athletic contests for the 2017-18 school year, excluding AHSAA-sanctioned playoff events.

Athletics at Altamont

Athletics are an important part of life at Altamont. Over half of Altamont's student body competes on one or more of our teams.

Our Mission

The goals of the Department of Athletics align directly with the mission of the school. The three components of the program – Physical Education, Competitive Sports, and Wellness – integrate a commitment to noble ideals with physical, intellectual, and mental health to teach all students how to live more balanced, and thus more productive, lives.

  • The Physical Education program develops in students the basic technical skills required to participate in a variety of interscholastic sports and provides them with a platform to develop those skills almost daily in a competitive team setting. At the same time, recognizing that not all students will go on to play interscholastic sports on the varsity level or beyond, the program introduces students to the requirements and importance of a healthy lifestyle, nurturing them from their first day here to what will become a lifetime of wellness
  • Through the challenges of Competitive Sports, Altamont athletes learn to give their best effort, to work well with others in achieving a common goal, to respect opponents, and to conduct themselves graciously on and off the playing field. Participation in our competitive athletics program allows our Student Athletes to learn and apply the skills and reinforce the principles that will help them improve the fabric of society: Character, Leadership, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Collaboration, Sacrifice, and Discipline.
  • The Comprehensive Wellness Program, which is geared to the entire Altamont community and its students, serves to continue to develop understanding of the requirements of physical, mental and emotional health from youth through the decades after graduation. We provide knowledge, facilities, and opportunities for students, faculty, parents, and alumni to develop a deeper understanding of their bodies both through exercise and study. The program ensures that physical mental, social and emotional wellness is a central component and daily theme for all members of the Altamont community.

Competitive Sports

Competitive sports are an option for every student in the school. There are various levels of participation.

Varsity Sports

On the varsity level, student-athletes are provided an environment where they can achieve excellence in their sport against the best possible competition, even if it means that some players do not get to compete in every game. We also recognize that being a part of a varsity team is itself an outstanding experience. We want to maximize every player’s opportunity to contribute within his or her own role on the team, to learn lessons and to make memories that will last long after they leave Altamont. Some of our student-athletes have developed their individual talents to the extent that they are able to go and compete on the collegiate level. When one of our Student-Athletes has the opportunity to compete at the next level, our school supports them fully and aids in the recruiting process. We are proud of our many Student-Athletes who have gone on to compete for colleges and universities.

A member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Altamont competes with public and private schools from around the state. The school currently fields the following 21 varsity sports that compete in sanctioned state championship programs against other schools from throughout Alabama:

Varsity Sports - Boys

SeasonSport
FallCross Country
WinterBasketball
Bowling
Indoor Track
Swimming
SpringBaseball
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track & Field

Varsity Sports - Girls

SeasonSport
FallCross Country
Volleyball
WinterBasketball
Bowling
Indoor Track
Swimming
SpringGolf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track & Field

Since 1997, Altamont has won 35 AHSAA sanctioned State Championships:

Boys Cross Country (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001)
Girls Cross Country (2002-04)
Boys Indoor Track (2003-05)
Girls Indoor Track (2003-07)
Boys Soccer (2003, 2009, 2012)
Girls Soccer (2004, 2006, 2007)
Boys Tennis (2010, 2017)
Boys Track & Field (2005, 2006)
Girls Track & Field (2002-09, 2015, 2017)

We also hold twenty-five State Championship Runners-Up trophies. Visit Patton Gym to see the state championship team banners proudly displayed.

Junior Varsity Sports

Junior varsity teams serve as the training ground for aspiring varsity athletes. On this level, student-athletes continue to develop and improve the fundamentals required for success in their particular sport. Often players are brought up from the junior varsity team to compete on the varsity team in the middle or at the end of a season. Whether or not Altamont fields a junior varsity team in a particular sport is contingent on the number of students interested in participating. Any student in 7th grade or above is eligible to participate on a junior varsity team.

Middle School Sports (5th through 8th grades)

The middle school athletics program emphasizes participation. Although there is no guarantee of equal playing time, coaches do try to play every player in every game at this level. A no-cut policy allows students to play any number of sports, determining which one(s) appeal to them, and in which sport(s) they excel. At this level, coaches also emphasize individual development of fundamentals that will allow the student-athlete to succeed at the next level. Students in the 5th through 8th grades can join teams that compete in community-based leagues, such as the Central Alabama Soccer League or the North Shelby Basketball League. Coaches from the Physical Education classes encourage students to join our middle school teams where they often get their first experience with a competitive sport.

SeasonBoysGirls
Fall5-8 Soccer5-8 Soccer
Winter5/6 Basketball5/6 Basketball
Spring5-8 Soccer5-8 Soccer

Beginning in 7th grade, students are eligible to participate in AHSAA sports on the varsity level or to join some AHSAA-sanctioned sports specifically offered for 7th and 8th grade students. Altamont middle school teams compete against other AHSAA schools in the following sports:

SeasonBoysGirls
Fall
7/8 Volleyball
Winter7/8 Basketball7/8 Basketball

Physical Education

Every student in grades 5th through 9th participate in daily physical education classes, divided by gender. Each class begins with a ten- to fifteen-minute dynamic warmup especially designed by Altamont athletic trainer Matt Kirkpatrick. The warmup focuses on four different areas to improve functional performance in our athletes and allow them to get quicker and more explosive as they get older:

  • decrease injury in movement
  • increase functional strength
  • increase overall joint stability and movement
  • improve coordination

The school year is divided into units of specific sports. The basic technical skills required of the sport are taught at the beginning of the unit, then the students compete with each other in that sport for an average of three weeks, often culminating in a class-wide tournament. Some of the sports include volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, badminton, floor hockey, track and field, archery, golf, weight training, ultimate frisbee, and flag football. Additionally, the Presidential Physical Fitness test is administered to students each year.

As ninth graders are just reaching the developmental stage where such training is safe, those physical education classes are introduced to resistance and weight training with a weeklong unit in the fitness center.

Altamont offers an optional co-ed Physical Education class for students in 10th grade and above. This is a team-taught class that provides an opportunity to exercise and release stress during the day. With no tests or outside classwork, the class is designed around members with guidance and supervision from teachers.

Also available for upper school students is a Weight Training and Conditioning class which teaches the students the important benefits of weight training to improve their health. The goal is to develop a strength and conditioning program based on the student’s fitness needs.

Wellness Program

Knowledge
While every student in grades 5th through 8th participates in daily physical activity in their Physical Education classes, it is in the 9th grade that they are exposed to comprehensive wellness within the academic curriculum with the Upper School Health and Wellness class. Mandatory for all ninth graders, this class addresses various issues and developmental needs of adolescents as they transition to the expectations of the Upper School. Students explore the importance of good health and how each student can take responsibility for individual health and the health of our community. The class emphasizes the combined exploration of social, psychological, and physical well-being in the context of Altamont’s school culture and mission. Students learn skills that will prepare them for success in high school and beyond. They discuss study skills, digital citizenship and social media, stress management, brain development, substance use and the addiction cycle, eating disorders, STD awareness, relationships, and social adjustment, as well as leadership in the classroom and the community. Speakers who are experts in their respective fields visit and keep other class disruptions to a minimum. Students learn the importance of proper nutrition and get the opportunity to practice it through several projects including a field trip to the local grocery store. Every student receives Red Cross certification in CPR and AED use during the first aid section. Students are encouraged to live healthy and active lifestyles so they may be more productive as they develop into young men and women in society.

Facilities
On the main campus, Altamont’s two gymnasiums, full sized soccer field, six tennis courts and 325 meter outdoor track, complete with high jump, pole vault and long jump pit are available to all students at various times during and after school. Our new state of the art fitness and wellness center is available to all students (with adult supervision) during and after school. Faculty, parents and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of these facilities as well.

In addition to the main campus, Altamont has another campus less than a mile from the school. Included on that campus is a 110 by 70 yard competition soccer field (Lily Field) and full-sized baseball and softball fields with three separate batting cages.

Opportunities
Proper Nutrition:
The Altamont Diner offers a variety of daily healthy options, including a salad bar with dark leafy greens, fresh vegetables and non-meat protein sources. There is also a sandwich bar with wheat b
read and healthier cold cuts (no preservatives, reduced sodium and fat) and a daily vegetarian option. All vegetables except collard greens are meat-free. The new concessions center, which is open during athletic contests, offers healthy options beyond the usual soft drinks and candy.

Physical activity before and after school: A variety of voluntary, student-centered programs provide opportunities for all students to engage in safe, social, and supervised activities, and to identify activities they enjoy and might engage in long term. Physical activity clubs (student-centered)

Physical activity during the school day: In addition to physical education, we offer opportunities for physical activity in a variety of settings during the school day. Every school day includes a 30 minute activities period, during which time Altamont’s facilities are available to all students. Teachers are encouraged to integrate physical activity into classroom lessons, to take physical activity breaks in and outside the classroom, such as taking a five minute stretch break or taking laps around or throughout the classroom. Physical activity may be included during advisory periods, enrichment classes, elective selections such as study halls, and as transitions between classes. Physical activity breaks are encouraged during extended classes and as part of exploratory programs, such as supervised drop-in physical activity in a gymnasium or outside during the lunch hour.

Employee Wellness Program: When school staff commit to good health practices, they are positive role models for students. Support for school employee wellness and leadership training contribute to the overall culture of physical activity at a school. Teachers and other school staff members are encouraged to integrate physical activity into classroom academic instruction and breaks, and to support other physical activities offerings. Additionally, school employees can be positive role models for students by demonstrating active lifestyle choices in and out of school.

Family and Community Engagement: The Comprehensive Wellness Program creates a culture of physical activity that is integrated throughout the school environment and reaches beyond the school and into the community. It reflects the social, emotional, and cultural needs of students, their families, and the broader community, thereby establishing a strong social and culturally supportive environment for students, families, and communities to engage in physical activity.