Bay Activities

Activities are Bay's physical education program — P.E., only more fun. 


Consistent with the school’s commitment to valuing a healthy, strong body, and a calm, resilient mind, the activities program offers a variety of classes taken after school in locations throughout the Presidio. To fulfill graduation requirements, students may choose to participate in our activities, a Bay team sport, or an approved external sport or activity. Theater participation counts, too. (Learn more about our popular theater program.)

Activities for 2023 - 2024

Fall and Spring. Open to all levels. 

This activity puts you into the YMCA’s Group Exercise world by allowing you to enjoy a rotating schedule between Cycling on Mondays, Yoga on Tuesdays, and Basic Strength on Thursdays. These energetic, dynamic and mindful workouts will burn calories, tone your muscles and realign your body.

  • Cycle: A non-impact aerobic workout set to music simulates an outdoor ride. May include sprints, hills, and various creative drills. 
  • Yoga: A form of yoga that emphasizes movement based upon the use of breath; combining the precision of alignment with flow and body awareness; integrating body, breath, mind, and heart. Variations of positions offered to adapt to your particular needs and energy levels.
  • Basic Strength: Utilizing current exercise science for cardiovascular and muscle fitness; the class focus is conditioning for strength, power, and endurance. Lower-impact options included.

Fall and Spring. Open to all levels.

Develop your strength, stamina, and balance at the YMCA. Over the course of the semester, you will learn how to properly and safely use the entire gym facility. Have fun learning and developing your fitness skills in dynamic workouts which will change frequently to challenge your fitness level.  

Fall and Spring. Open to all levels.

Beginning students will learn how to use basic karate techniques. You will learn fundamental stances, punches, blocks, and kicks and be introduced to kata (forms that represent combat against a set of opponents) and Kumite (engaging against an opponent). The course will also include mokuso (meditation), stretching, philosophy, history, and how to apply karate to your daily life.

New and returning students are welcome! No prior experience is needed. All equipment will be provided, and Bay will provide each student with a membership to Shotokan Karate of America (SKA). Classes are taught by Keir Beadling, black belt in SKA.

Fall and Spring. Open to all levels. 

With 1,491 acres and 11 miles of hiking trails, there is a plethora of plants, birds, and beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay area to see. Prepare to spend about 30-45 minutes walking on variable terrain with a Bay Staffulty member, exploring the natural features and historical landmarks that are spread throughout the Presidio. Break out your walking or hiking shoes and get ready to move!

Fall and Spring. Open to all levels. Must be able to attend all three days of class with no conflicts. Fall term is not open to winter athletes

Learn to climb at Movement SF. Supervised by Bay Staffulty and led by Movement SF instructors, rock climbing is a full-body activity that utilizes coordination and problem-solving whether you are top roping or bouldering. This program includes an hour-long safety lesson to teach the basic rope skills and safety needed to climb and belay in the gym. Students must check-in for attendance at Bay and walk to the gym. Students may be picked up directly from the gym or walk back to Bay at the conclusion of the class.

Fall and Spring. 

Auditions usually take place in late August/early September and early February. All actors and master technicians receive credit per term of participation.

Alternative Activity Credit

Activity requirements can be met outside of school with the following conditions: 

  • Minimum of 3 participation hours per week, for a minimum of 36 hours per 12-week term
  • Supervision by a coach or leader
  • Approval by Bay’s athletic department

Examples of alternative sports that Bay students participate in include swimming, dance, fencing, Krav Maga, parkour, gymnastics, rowing, and many more.

Key Dates

Activities Registration

August 14 - August 30, 2023

Notified of Fall Activities Placement

September 1, 2023

Request for Changes

September 5 - September 8, 2023

Activities Season

September 11 - December 7, 2023

**Fall Alternative Activities**

Requires approval from the Athletic Office

Alternative Activity Form


Activities Registration

February 1 - 7, 2024

Notification of Spring Activities Placement

February 9, 2024

Request for Changes

February 12 - February 16, 2024

Activities Season

February 20 - May 9, 2024

**Spring Alternative Activities**

Requires approval from the Athletic Office

Alternative Activity Form