Athletics & Fitness

Middle School Sports

Ninja Hawks Girls Basketball Team--Citywide Champions 2019-20

Nea/ACLC Volleyball Team

ACLC middle schoolers combine with their sister school, Nea, to field teams in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track, including a Cross Country Running Club.

The Nea/ACLC Ninja Hawks compete with other Alameda middle school teams on a regular, seasonal schedule. In 2020, the NinjaHawks Girls Basketball Team won the Citywide Championship for the second year running!

Alameda's middle school sports program is organized by the Alameda Education Foundation.

ACLC middle schoolers also take advantage of local opportunities such as the Youth Ultimate (Frisbee) Program or the Oakland Strokes Rowing Club.

High School Sports

Image of ACLC Hawk with Alameda Hornets and Encinal Jets

ACLC high schoolers who are Alameda residents* can participate on sports teams with either Alameda or Encinal High School, depending on their high school residency zone. This includes all sports offered at either high school, including baseball, cheerleading, cross country, football, softball, track, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and more.


*ACLC High Schoolers who are not Alameda residents can still be part of ACLC's illustrious ultimate frisbee tradition (see below).

Alameda Asteroids Cross Country Running Club--middle school participants out running among the trees

AEF Cross Country Running Club in Action

Our Ultimate Tradition

Ninja Hawks Girls Basketball Team--Citywide Champions 2019-20

ACLC was the birthplace of organized ultimate frisbee for youth in Alameda. In the early 2000's, ACLC learners and facilitator Mike de Sousa started a high school team that won nine State Championships in its first decade (2004-2014).  The middle school team won the first ever middle school California State Championship in 2014. Both teams still compete today (under the auspices of the Alameda Youth Ultimate Program) with ACLC learners making up about half of the program's participants at both middle and high school levels.


Physical Education

Two learners playing pickle ball in PE class

PE Pickle Ball

Middle School Program
6th Grade--PE 5 days/week
7th Grade--PE 2 days/week
8th Grade--PE 2 days/week or Independent Study PE (see description below)
High School Program

ACLC high school learners fulfill their physical education requirement through our Independent Study PE program. Learners write fitness goals at the beginning of the semester and then log their hours of physical activity each month. Participation in school-based sports or extracurricular activities (such as dance, gymnastics, rowing, ultimate frisbee, or biking programs) qualify, as well as individual fitness activities such as jogging or swimming.