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. 



The wellness class is is a fitness based class that explores a variety of different topics such as nutrition, meditation, stress relief, strength training, agility training, and cardiovascular endurance.

The objective is to expose students to a range of alternative exercise methods that they can continue for the rest of their lives. Students will be exposed to traditional training methods as well as new, alternative methods such as TRX and Crossfit. Not only will students be able to put together an exercise routine at their local sports club, but they will learn how to train outside of a gym facility with little equipment, or without any equipment at all.

Students will work with staff members to create a meal plan and exercise routine. They will create a meal that can be presented to the cafeteria staff, and possibly offered as an entry to the rest of the student body. The wellness class will also be using Polar H7 heart rate monitors that will track their heart rate and progress through a trimester. The fitness center is equipped with a television and Apple TV, where students will be able to see their effort on the screen as they participate in class. Students will be issued a heart monitor and see how they are progressing from week to week.

Facilities and Space
Fitness center, Multipurpose Room, turf field, Gym



Students will learn about multiple yoga practices such as Jivamukti and Vinyasa, as well as self-meditation and stress relief. Students will learn different poses in each of the yoga disciplines and perform them in a workout. The connection and integration of strength training and yoga together will be explored. Students will learn the value of strength training and how it can be incorporated into a yoga routine. There will also be a basic nutrition section that explores how foods influence our body. Students will also explore how to define "personal wellness," and will learn specific techniques and practices that help sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Jivamukti Yoga - Jivamukti is mostly practiced in NYC as it was founded there in 1984 by Sharon Gannon and David Life. It is a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist.

Vinyasa Yoga - Commonly called "Vinyasa flow" or just "flow," you will definitely be moving and flowing from one pose to the next.

Facilities and Space
Fitness Center, Multipurpose Room, fitness room, outdoor fields, Fencing Room

Group Sports

Group Sports

Group sports is a class where students have the opportunity to participate in team oriented sports. Each season the sports coincide with the sport offerings at Riverdale. In the fall students will participate in soccer, football, Ultimate, and disc golf. Students will learn how to play each game, review game rules, and work on skill development. In each sport unit students will have the opportunity to develop fundamental skills that are necessary for competitive play. At the end of each sport a tournament and/or games will be played.

Fall: Soccer, flag football, Ultimate
Winter: Basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, pickleball
Spring: Softball, lacrosse, disc golf, Ultimate

Depending on class size, larger groups will participate in the aforementioned activities, and smaller groups will play golf and tennis.

Turf, tennis court, upper fields


Group Sports

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. Developed in Brazil in the 16th century, it is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques. The music and dance aspect of capoeira was creatively incorporated to disguise the stealthy martial art.

In this course students will learn moves and techniques such as the "ginga," "esquivas," "ataques," and "floreios." While doing so, students will improve fitness levels, have fun, learn about capoeira culture, and even learn some Portuguese.

Kickboxing is a great workout for everyone interested in improving fitness and stamina. This class is flexible to serve the needs of all students. It will get beginners into shape, and will challenge advanced athletes. Class format integrates combinations of punches, kicks, heavy bag work, and partner work. Additional muscle and motion exercises are incorporated to strengthen and tone.



The Dance class focuses on dance technique and fundamentals as they relate to being an active and healthy person. The class includes proper warm-up, alignment, center work, traveling sequences, and choreography in the jazz, contemporary, and hip hop styles. Throughout the course, each student will focus on improvement of body alignment, flexibility, strength, confidence, balance, and coordination. Students are to develop proper dance performance skills including musicality, rhythmic clarity, dynamic phrasing, usage of breath, and spatial projection. Students are also encouraged to develop and explore their own personal dance style.


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Lower School
1 Spaulding Lane
Bronx, NY 10471
LS: (718) 549-7780

Middle/Upper School
5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

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