Athletics

Commonwealth's sports program aims to offer the excitement of competition to those who want it and the fun of exerting oneself to all. All students, from grades 9 through 12, are eligible for all activities, varsity or recreational. Teams practice at nearby fields and facilities, to which our students walk, run, or ride when classes are over. Students must participate in the fall and winter seasons, three days a week after school: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Whether the reward is a trophy or a lifelong habit of exercise, we see sports as an important route to self-knowledge and pride.

Sports

Basketball

Offered in the winter. The boys and girls basketball varsity teams compete in the Massachusetts Bay Independent League and the girls in the Girls Independent League. This year, their home court is the Tansey Gym at Wentworth Institute of Technology. No experience necessary.

Cross-Country Running

Offered in the fall. Runners compete in the Massachusetts Bay Independent League which allows for boys and girls to compete on the same race date. Although the team participates in 6 to 8 meets during the season, separate races are designated for boys and girls. A coach leads them through practices and attend all races. Open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners.

Fencing

Offered in the fall, winter, and spring. The fencing team practices and competes at Moe Fencing Club, which is located at 290 R Broadway in Somerville. Moe Fencing Club is owned and operated by Commonwealth’s coach, Elif Soyer. Students travel together on the MBTA. Fencers are encouraged to participate for at least two sport seasons and are expected to compete in at least one meet. Open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced fencers--several winners of regional tourneys for the Junior Olympics have gone on to compete for Division I colleges, including Duke, Penn, Harvard, and Brown!

Soccer

Offered in the fall. Soccer begins with captain’s practices approximately two weeks before the start of school. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to play and every student makes the team. The boys’ and girls’ teams play 8 to 10 games in the Massachusetts Bay Independent League and Girls Independent League, respectively. Their home field is Teddy Ebersol, located along the Charles River, a short walk from the School.

Ultimate Frisbee

Offered in the spring. The coed ultimate team encourages students of all skill levels to participate, and every student makes the team. Four to six schools from the Massachusetts Bay Independent League comprise the ultimate league. Practices and home games are played at the Teddy Ebersol Red Sox Fields. Click here for Spring 2019 schedule and results.

Recreational Sports

Ballroom Dance

Offered in the fall and winter. Students walk over as a group to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio located at 20 Park Plaza, Suite 330, where they are taught the waltz, the tango, the foxtrot, and other well-known dances. All levels are welcome and encouraged.

Dance

Offered in the fall, winter, and spring. An experienced instructor leads the dancers through rigorous exercises in ballet and jazz. The dance studio is located at the Artist Studios Building at the Boston Center for the Arts at 551 Tremont Street, a short walk from the School. Open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers.

Fitness

Offered in the fall, winter, and spring. Students in the Fitness program exercise at the Huntington Avenue branch of the Boston YMCA (they run or take the MBTA over together). Most days, an experienced fitness instructor leads students through workouts on the exercise floor. On Fridays, students participate in a group exercise classes. Faculty/staff members provide supervision.

Running

Offered in the fall, winter and spring. Students, accompanied by a faculty/staff member, run three to five miles along the Charles River Esplanade. Runners do not compete weekly like cross-country; however, they are required to complete at least one local 5K race over the course of the season.

Sailing

Offered in the fall. Commonwealth uses Community Boating, located on the Charles River Esplanade. All newcomers to our sailing team must pass a swim test. Open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced sailors.

Squash

Offered in the fall and winter. Commonwealth's squash program is held at the University Club at 426 Stuart Street in the fall and the Tennis and Racquet Club at 939 Boylston Street in the winter, both a short walk from the School. A squash professional provides instruction. Open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced players.

Yoga

Offered in the fall, winter, and spring. Yoga takes place in a classroom at Commonwealth. Students are introduced to the poses and sequence of vinyasa power yoga, a vigorous, athletic form of yoga practice that links breath and movement. Students become familiar with the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga and learn how to practice safely, modifying for injuries and limitations.

Independent Sports

Students with serious commitments to activities outside of school—such as nationally-ranked figure skaters, competitive wrestlers, and ballet dancers—may be eligible to fulfill their athletics requirement through an independent sports credit.