The physical education program is sequential for the wide age range we have at The College School. Because we believe in the education of the whole child, physical education is very important at The College School, whether it is basic movement with younger students, competitive teams with older students, or rock climbing or yoga classes. In the younger grades, physical education and movement also happens in drama classes, recess, and classroom activities, while in older grades students may have PE class several times a week or practices for various sports teams. Whatever grade, all physical education instruction is based on a number of premises.
Specifically, students should:
- Have fun in PE Class;
- Not be afraid because of impending danger or potential failure, and, at the same time, learn to take risks during game play;
- Understand the concept of warm-up and cool-down as a regular part of a workout;
- Experience different activities, which give them an understanding of what their bodies can do, and know how their bodies react to strenuous exercise;
- Understand how to perform skills regardless of their skill levels;
- Understand strategies of games so that they can learn to make choices;
- Learn through experience that the process is more important than the outcome.
The physical education program also includes student record-keeping as the children reach second grade and older. Each student closely monitors his/her own progress by keeping a "sportfolio." This collection of information helps aid students in goal-setting and also gives parents an opportunity to view results of many workouts and skill sessions.
Through our physical education curriculum and various after school clubs or teams, our students have the opportunity to participate in many sport teams. For example, there are basketball teams starting in third grade, a flag foot-ball team for 4th - 8th graders, or multiple soccer teams in the fall.