School Life

Afternoon Programs

At Brooks, we seek to provide the most meaningful educational experience our students will have in their lives. As an extension of the classroom, the afternoon program is an integral part of that experience. The program provides students with the opportunity to deeply explore the activities and interscholastic sports which interest them. Students also have the chance to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. By participating in the afternoon program, students develop lifelong skills such as leadership, group dynamics, overcoming adversity, and empathy, as well as discover the importance of balancing the mind, body and spirit. We feel that allowing our students to be part of something bigger than themselves by collaborating and engaging with others and sharing in group success is vital to the educational experience.

Requirements:
All students must participate in the afternoon program all three seasons. New students must participate in a Brooks team offering in the fall of the first year.

Team offering: A program in which the students are working together towards a common goal.

Activity offering: A program which focuses more on an individual’s interest than a group goal.

Team Offerings:
Interscholastic Sports 
Drama/ Tech crew 
Dance (fall and spring) 
Community Service 
Sailing

Activity Offerings
 (preference given to fifth- and sixth-formers):
Afternoon Music (fall and spring) 
Yoga (fall and winter) 
Fitness Club (sixth form only)

Please note that some programs have specific limitations on the number of participants. Students electing these programs may have to choose a different activity depending on enrollment. Facilities and coaching ratios impose practical limitations on numbers in some sports. Fitness Club is only offered to sixth-formers. Preference is given by seniority in yoga should it fill up during sign-ups.

Third Form:
Third-formers must participate in three team offerings. At least one of those team offerings must be an interscholastic sport. Third-formers may not take on the role of team manager.

Fourth Form:
Fourth-formers must participate in three team offerings. At least one of those team offerings must be an interscholastic sport. Fourth-formers may take on the role of team manager if approved by the coach and Athletic Department.

Fifth Form:
Fifth-formers must participate in two team offerings and a third season of a team offering or activity. One of those team offerings must be an interscholastic sport. Fifth-formers may be approved to do one season of an independent activity. Applications for independents must be submitted prior to the school year and will be reviewed by a committee for approval.

Sixth Form:
Sixth-formers must participate in at least one team offering. In the other two seasons, sixth-formers may choose either a team or activity offering. Sixth-formers may be approved to do one season of an independent activity. Applications for independents must be submitted prior to the school year and will be reviewed by a committee for approval.
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