Our mission statement mandates that we concern ourselves with educating “the minds, the hearts, and the bodies of students” and help them to “develop character and self-discipline of mind and body” (emphasis added). While many educational institutions have reduced time away from books and desks in their effort to optimize outcomes for standardized tests, we know that movement and physical activity are critical for emotional wellbeing, social-skill development, and scholarship. You heard that correctly; we believe that 45 minutes in the classroom preceded by 15 minutes of recess is superior to 60 minutes in the classroom with no previous recess. Our program for developing a vibrant culture of athleticism has three component parts:
After-school, Competitive Athletics
Students in grades 7-12 can join school teams to compete in basketball, soccer, cross country, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, tennis, and track & field. Our no-cut policy for competitive team sports creates a spot for everyone and is possible because we keep a foothold in multiple leagues: students do try out and are assigned to teams and leagues where they are matched with other students who share their skill and commitment levels. Because we try to make a place for everyone, the amount of students who experience the privilege of wearing their school’s jersey is quite high: 35% of middle and high-school students participate in after-school athletics. Click here for further details about after-school athletics.
NOTE: Due to space constraints on practice facilities, the no-cut policy needed to be temporarily suspended for some sports during the 2017-18 year. Once current Campus Expansion efforts are completed in August 2018, capacity constraints will be alleviated, and the no-cut policy will resume for all sports for the 2018-19 year.
Students in grades 7-12 enjoy longer lunch periods Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On these days, students adorn their team’s t-shirt and engage in intramural play in volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer. Though participation is not required, on average three of every four students do opt in.
Beyond the after-school athletics and intramurals opportunities mentioned above, students in grades 7-12 are afforded the opportunity to choose from a broad array of physical-education electives including ballroom dance, yoga, and strength & conditioning. Students in K-6 have physical education and recess built into their schedule in such a way that they get their heart rate up three times each day (once in the morning, once during their lunch period, and once in the afternoon).