Our goal of our PE classes include creative and fun movement, pro-social development, and physical fitness habits for life. To meet these goals, PE courses in Middle and Upper School are structured in an environment where students can experience the fun of movement and the challenge of learning new skills. We teach students to focus on enjoying the experience, learning new games, and learning how to play together. Through games we work to teach basic movement skills (such as running, throwing, catching, and lifting) that will help a student play games with more confidence and be active for the rest of their lives. Fitness is included in every part of the curriculum, from 6th grade -12th grade. We want each student to understand the basic concepts of fitness and be able to apply them in their own lives.
Upper school students can earn PE credit through sports participation on Seattle Academy teams. They can earn 1 credit for each sports season. As is the case with all PE classes, the student must fulfill the 75% participation rate requirement. Students who are in jeopardy of not receiving PE credit will be informed along with their parents in writing during the first half of the season in order to give them enough time to reach the PE participation requirement. Students who wish to participate in sports at other schools and receive credit must obtain approval from the PE Department Chair and Director of Student Services prior to participation. Applications are available on our website or from any of our front offices. Club activities, such as squash or fitness, do not earn a PE credit nor does sports participation in a Middle School sport.