Why is Physical Education Important to the Friends Academy Experience?
Regular physical education helps students focus better in the classroom, understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and strengthen teamwork skills such as cooperation, communication, and respect.
PE begins with our youngest students in the Farmhouse. Students practice different movements to strengthen their developing motor skills, which aids them as they learn how to write and draw. As students progress through Lower School and into Middle School, they continue to have PE in their schedules at least twice a week.
Starting in fifth grade through eighth grade, students with any level of experience and ability can participate in interscholastic athletics. Friends Academy competes against teams from local independent and public schools in soccer, cross-country, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and track. The athletics program focuses not just on scoring points, but on mastering skills. Following the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance, our coaches guide and motivate students to make a maximum effort, continue to learn and improve, and refuse to let mistakes and fear stop them – all valuable life skills for students to take into high school, whether they continue to play sports or not.
“I love PE because it’s always competitive, fun, and kind of challenging.”Ellie, third grade
Features of the Athletics Experience
Meet the Athletics & Physical Education Team
Michael WilliamsDirector of Athletics, Middle School Physical Education Teacher
Grace RodriguesLower School Physical Education Teacher
Physical Education Curriculum
Early Childhood-Grade 4
- Promote physical movement and motor skill development, including locomotor movements, throwing and catching, gymnastics, track and field, and jump rope.
- Practice skills such as teamwork, following directions, taking turns, strategy, accuracy, and communicating with peers.
- Promote physical movement and motor skill competency through activities including soccer, handball, basketball, volleyball, kickball, and ultimate frisbee.
- Practice skills such as communication, following the rules of the game, proper form and technique, spacing and body positioning, and team strategizing.