Physical education is an important component of students' growth and development. Classes are integrated into the curriculum for students through Grade 10; in their final two years Upper School students may choose to take PE as an elective class. At all ages, students take part in developmentally appropriate activities designed to enhance physical fitness as well as specific skills.
Our youngest students participate in movement classes designed to develop their gross and fine motor skills, as well as to improve their agility and coordination. In Grades 1-5, children have PE for 105 minutes per week, broken into two or three separate sessions depending on the grade level.
Middle and Upper Schools
In Middle School, the physical education program includes three hours of PE and one hour of health during each eight-day cycle. In addition to ensuring they are as active as possible, PE challenges students to develop skills in problem-solving, conflict resolution and cooperation. The health program deals with a broad spectrum of important topics in an integrated and holistic way. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the development of healthy attitudes and increase students' knowledge of critical issues they will face as adolescents.
In Grades 9 and 10, students continue to take three hours of PE during each eight-day cycle, as well as one hour of life skills. The PE program for older students focuses on improving muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance. Life skills builds on topics introduced during Middle School, as well as introducing subjects relevant to maturing young adults.