Learning to Be a Part of Something Bigger
For our youngest, primary school 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.
Gaining Confidence, Growing Independence
In 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 four days out of the six-day rotation. Students in Grades 4 and 5 have physical education Monday through Thursday for one hour (including skating in the winter), and in the fall term participate in interscholastic soccer or field hockey games with area peer schools.
Finessing Skills, Finding Commitment
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.