Grade 6 is a transition year for students in physical education and athletics. The number of classes changes from twice a week in the Lower School to four times a week in the Middle School, increasing opportunities for physical education as well as introducing the competitive athletic program. The program's mission is to provide opportunities for our students to develop healthy attitudes and behaviors.
At the beginning of each season, the school's physical education staff teaches sports units two days a week, exposing students to the fundamentals and skills of those sports. After approximately four weeks, students will choose to participate in practices during physical education class for that particular sport two days a week the remainder of the season. A limited game schedule will be arranged with PCIS member schools as well as local public schools. A member of our staff will be the head coach of each team and will structure playing time so that all team members have the opportunity to contribute during games.
Fall sports feature a co-ed soccer team and an intramural field hockey team. Winter sports consist of girls' basketball and boys' basketball. In the spring, teams include intramural baseball and softball and boys' and girls' lacrosse.
Grade 7 and 8
The athletic program in Grades 7 and 8 encourages and facilitates participation by all students and helps students develop self-esteem, sportsmanship, responsibility, and leadership. Students increase their athletic skills while gaining increased knowledge of game strategies and rules.
Commitment and dedication are attributes that are integral to the athletic program. Students are expected to attend all contests and practice sessions, which typically last for an hour to an hour and a half. Game schedules are posted on the athletic website, and teams play on average one to two games a week.