Our Program

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

We recognize that many of the traits and skills necessary for athletic success—commitment, teamwork, resilience, communication, perseverance—also are fundamental for success in life. Students often develop important aspects of their leadership abilities on the playing field.

At Altamont, competitive athletics begin in 5th grade, with an emphasis on the team experience, skill development, fair play, and healthy competition. Starting in 7th grade, students can compete on our junior varsity and varsity teams. Altamont teams have a tradition of success playing public and private schools in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA).

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

The Middle School athletics program emphasizes participation. 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.

All students in 7th grade and above are eligible to participate in AHSAA-sanctioned sports at the school. Fifth and 6th graders participate in the Birmingham Regional Independent Athletic Association (BRIAA).

Middle school athletics offering depend on participation. We have traditionally fielded teams in the following sports:

Cross Country (boys and girls grades 5-8)
Volleyball (7th/8th girls in the fall, 5th/6th co-ed in the spring)
Basketball (boys and girls grades 5-8)
Soccer (boys and girls grades 5-8)

Our Mission

Goals

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

Competitive Sports

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.

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program, which is geared to the entire Altamont community, serves to improve the understanding of the requirements of physical and mental 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.

Physical Education

The Physical Education program blends the above two components by teaching 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.

All students 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. This warmup focuses on four different areas to improve functional performance in our athletes and allows 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 played 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.