Physical Education

Physical Education promotes the personal growth of each child. It provides opportunities for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. Our aim is to develop physically educated individuals who have knowledge, skills, sportsmanship, appreciation of exercise, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity. We value lifelong learning of individual fitness, health, and sport skills by creating a safe environment that promotes teamwork, encouragement and finding your personal best. We emphasize integrating physical skills and body awareness in order to create an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. The facilities our students use are unparalleled, including a synthetic turf field, gym, pool, two grass athletic fields, fitness center, and functional training room. Students have access to learn from faculty with varied backgrounds, including a strength and conditioning coach, yoga teacher, Zumba instructor, certified nutritionist, and lifeguards. Class units vary each season and cover a wide range of functional modalities and competitive sports with experienced physical education teachers. Students are encouraged to find their passion by selecting classes from an elective based process.  

6th Grade Physical Education

6th Grade Physical Education

The 6th grade physical education program is designed to expose students to a variety of team sports and athletic activity. These are are co-ed classes that are divided into four groups of approximately 20 students. These groups stay together for the year and rotate through different activities/sports each season. Because these activities are taught by different teachers, students have the opportunity to meet new teachers as they rotate from unit to unit.

Physical Education activities change on a trimester basis, which corresponds with each of the sports seasons (fall/winter/spring). During each season, students will participate in a wide range of activities that include flag football, soccer, volleyball, field hockey, swimming, fitness, basketball, floor hockey, softball, lacrosse, and ultimate Frisbee.

7th & 8th Grade Physical Education

7th & 8th Grade Physical Education

The seventh and eighth grade physical education program is designed to expose students to a wide range of sports that are offered after school in our athletic program. Physical Education classes are divided by gender. The number of groups each season depends on the number of students in a class. Typically, class sizes range from fifteen to twenty students. The groups rotate through four different activities each season. Each of these activities coincides with the athletic teams that are offered in the Middle and Upper Schools during that season.

The girls rotate through a variety of activities that include soccer, volleyball, field hockey, swimming, basketball, floor hockey, fitness, softball, lacrosse, and tennis. The boys participate in soccer, flag football, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, swimming, fitness, basketball, floor hockey, baseball, lacrosse, and tennis.


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