Physical Education

Catlin Gabel MS PE Class playing game outdoors boy in blue hoodie throwing red ball

The Middle School Physical Education program is focused on developing physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Students participate in a wide array of activities that help them work towards creating lifelong fitness habits, positive teamwork, and an appreciation of all individuals. Along with sports-specific units, students participate weekly in cooperative games to develop individual skills, endurance, teamwork, and cooperation.

Units and activities follow a gradual progression from 6th to 8th grade that matches the developmental stages of adolescence. Sixth graders are exposed to basic skills, strategies, and initial development in games, while 7th and 8th graders progress into more detailed aspects of skill, athletics, and fitness. Students are exposed to a complete assortment of sport, activities, and lifelong fitness, including volleyball, soccer, basketball, team handball, badminton, pickleball, and fitness. Students are encouraged to participate with a focused effort in order to have fun and create a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

By the end of eighth grade, students will have developed proficiency in the following:
  • Mastery of a variety of exercises to keep them fit for a lifetime
  • Strategies to help them work successfully as a team
  • An understanding of the concept of good sportspersonship
  • The ability to set and work toward goals