“You have to expect things from yourself before you can do them.”
Athletics are a vital part of life at Nea, both at the middle school and high school levels.
Physical Education is part of our school's core curriculum, but our learners' passion for excellence and sportsmanship is evident in their outstanding performances beyond traditional PE.
The fast-moving sport of Ultimate Frisbee is a long-standing tradition at Nea's sister school, ACLC, and Nea learners are welcomed as part of these teams.
The Ultimate teams, which call ACLC home but welcome players from all over Alameda, include High School and Middle School co-ed teams. The High School team "Dark Meat" won its 8th consecutive high school California State Championship in 2012. And the Middle School team "Junior Meat" won the first ever middle school California State Championship in 2014.
Ultimate combines the best features of soccer, basketball, football and netball into an elegant, yet demanding, non-contact sport played with a flying Frisbee disc. It is considered a swiftly “emerging” sport at high school and middle school levels, especially in California.
Ultimate is the fastest growing college sport and is already played interscholastically at over 500 colleges and universities - there are more colleges with Ultimate teams than football teams! A 2006 study across all private national universities showed that their ranking in Ultimate Frisbee edged out both SAT scores and grades as a predictor of academic performance and graduation rates.
(Read New York Times article on Ultimate's correlation with academic excellence: The Ultimate Influence)
Self-refereeing and an emphasis on the “Spirit of the Game” help Ultimate players develop leadership skills, good sportsmanship, all-around athleticism and lifelong friendships.
Middle School Sports
In addition to Ultimate Frisbee, Nea's middle school participates in combined teams with their sister school, ACLC, in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. These teams compete with other Alameda middle schools according to regular seasonal sport schedules.
High School Sports
At the high school level, Nea is part of the "Multi-School Sports Agreement" with the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). This Agreement allows charter school students to participate on sports teams with either Alameda High School or Encinal High School based upon their high school residency zone (see color-coded map below).
This participation agreement extends to all sports offered at either high school including:
- Cross Country
- Mens' Basketball
- Men's Golf
- Men's Soccer
- Men's Swimming
- Men's Tennis
- Men's Volleyball
- Men's Water Polo
- Women's Water Polo
- Women's Basketball
- Women's Golf
- Women's Soccer
- Women's Swimming
- Women's Tennis
- Women's Volleyball
Residence in Yellow Zone = Encinal High School • Residence in Blue Zone = Alameda High School