Physical Education & Health

The Physical Education program exposes students to an array of skills and athletic opportunities, guiding them to find joy in pursuing an active lifestyle.

Through a mixture of individual, partner, and team play, each unit emphasizes the underlying social-emotional and stress relieving benefits that movement can bring to our lives. Students gain a respect for the rules, a spirit of collaboration, and a desire to play for the love of the game.

All class periods incorporate a psychomotor, locomotor, and game-play exercise to ensure that students are receiving a well-balanced mixture of instruction, movement, and guided play. Our youngest friends focus on individual skill-building to improve their manipulative, tracking, and balance before expanding to faster, partner-based ball passing activities in the Lower School grades. More advanced units on dance, yoga, and team tag strategy (defense vs. offense) round out the curriculum and prepare students for the team sports and problem-solving units emphasized in our Middle School program.

Paralympic Studies

Middle School students spend time in Physical Education learning about Paralympic sports. Through empathy, reflection, and discussion, students discover ways to respect and celebrate the athleticism of people with disabilities. They start by simulating the challenges experienced by people with disabilities and then play their own adaptive games like wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and seated volleyball.

Fitness

The Fitness elective class meets with our school coach twice weekly to develop advanced cardiovascular endurance, speed, and muscular strength. Students learn to develop their own individual training programs, set goals for themselves, discuss various muscle groups, and begin building a toolkit of techniques for a life-long desire for fitness. It is our hope that this approach will lay the groundwork for students to seek out activities in high school and as young adults that bring them lasting wellness and success.

Health

In the fifth and sixth grades, our curriculum begins with studies of the body, brain, and nutrition, while our seventh and eighth graders discuss a wide-ranging selection of social and emotional topics — sleep and stress management, peer pressure, drug and alcohol prevention, healthy relationships, and depression and suicide. Through proactive support and instruction, we’re building resilient individuals who are comfortable navigating and advocating healthily for themselves in high school.

Paralympic Studies

Middle School students spend time in Physical Education learning about Paralympic sports. Through empathy, reflection, and discussion, students discover ways to respect and celebrate the athleticism of people with disabilities. They start by simulating the challenges experienced by people with disabilities and then play their own adaptive games like wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and seated volleyball.

Fitness

The Fitness elective class meets with our school coach twice weekly to develop advanced cardiovascular endurance, speed, and muscular strength. Students learn to develop their own individual training programs, set goals for themselves, discuss various muscle groups, and begin building a toolkit of techniques for a life-long desire for fitness. It is our hope that this approach will lay the groundwork for students to seek out activities in high school and as young adults that bring them lasting wellness and success.

Health

In the fifth and sixth grades, our curriculum begins with studies of the body, brain, and nutrition, while our seventh and eighth graders discuss a wide-ranging selection of social and emotional topics — sleep and stress management, peer pressure, drug and alcohol prevention, healthy relationships, and depression and suicide. Through proactive support and instruction, we’re building resilient individuals who are comfortable navigating and advocating healthily for themselves in high school.