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A student playing field hockey.



While DCD’s physical education and team sports offer valuable health benefits, the learning that happens when children are at play is part of the balanced education we provide. Teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, strategy, and leadership are all part of the athletic experience at DCD, and valuable life lessons children use beyond school. At DCD, children learn that winning is more than the best score. It’s bringing your best self.

Learning to Be a Part of Something Bigger

Pre-K and Kindergarten

For our youngest students, we favor cooperation over competition. We help them build skills and learn to problem-solve through cooperative games and body awareness exercises, which sets a foundation for teamwork and fitness. Students have physical education three days out of a six-day rotation for a period of 30 minutes.

A student running in the gym.

Gaining Confidence, Growing Independence

Grades 1-5

In the grades of the lower school, we increase our focus on agility, athletic confidence, and self-esteem. At the same time, we foster cooperation and problem solving, while adding opportunities for leadership and autonomy. To develop different skill sets, we expose students to a variety of sports, including soccer, flag football, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, field hockey, softball, baseball, badminton, gymnastics, and rhythmic activities.

We believe a robust physical education curriculum increases individual participation and class camaraderie. Lower school students in Grades 1, 2, and 3 have physical education for 45 minutes three days a week and students in Grades 4 and 5 have physical education for 45 minutes four days a week.

Students gathering to play soccer.
Students tying up their skates.

Finessing Skills, Finding Commitment

Middle School

In middle school, we emphasize self-discipline, concentrated effort, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Our goal is to help students develop the athletic skills and sport-specific strategies they’ll need to participate in interscholastic competition. Recognizing that students have different levels of skill, our coaches work with each player to reach his or her individual potential.

We require all middle school students to participate in three seasons of interscholastic sports. Though 75 minutes of daily athletic activity, except Friday, students enjoy practicing and competing in eleven different sports throughout the year. Daily practices lead to games with local independent and public middle schools.

A student playing lacrosse.
Students playing hockey.

Middle School Sports Teams

Fall Winter Spring
Cross Country (Coed) Hockey (Coed) Baseball
Flag Football (Coed) Basketball (Boys) Softball
Field Hockey Basketball (Girls) Lacrosse (Girls)
Soccer (Girls) Squash (Coed) Lacrosse (Boys)
Soccer (Boys) Tennis (Coed)

See Our Athletic Schedule

View our athletic calendar to see upcoming games and athletic events!