The philosophy of the Physical Education Department is that “everyone can.” All students in 7th-10th grade can develop appropriate skills, feel good about their bodies and relate to others in a positive way. Many different elements of physical activity and instruction help develop a commitment to physical activity and lifelong health. Department expectations are that students will:
- Students develop effective motor skills and understand the fundamentals of movement by practicing and analyzing purposeful movement.
- Students develop and maintain a positive self-image and strive to become the best that they can be through planned physical activities.
- Students develop appropriate social behaviors by working independently and with others during planned physical activity.
Students who participate in sports are not required to take physical education courses.
The Physical Education Department strives for students to grow physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally for total success in their environment. Its mission is to provide all students with a quality instructional program in a safe, secure and caring environment. Students are involved in daily activities essential to developing a positive self-image, thus increasing mental alertness and reducing stress. Each year, students experience a dozen or more units and activities. The first unit, Trust and Teamwork, is unique to Prep and challenges students mentally and physically to complete tasks as a group. The other units include traditional sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball and football, as well as unusual ones such as badminton, cricket and paddleball. The physical education program promotes the full development of each student’s abilities and prepares all students to be fit for life.