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Physical Education

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. 

Photo of Seattle Academy Physical Education Class in the Gym

Facilitate Play and Movement

We structure environments where students can experience the fun of movement and play and the challenge of learning new skills or developing skills they already have.  Whether they are playing sport-like games, such as basketball, or a made-up game like Castleball, we teach students to focus first on enjoying the experience, learning new games, and learning how to play so everyone has fun.  

Photo of Seattle Academy Middle School students in Physical Education class playing handball

Pro-Social Development

We work to teach students - through experience, individual and group feedback and occasional reflection - how to play in groups.  We play in a way that is inclusive and that recognizes contributions from each student.  Boundaries and expectations are in place for safety, and students learn how  to make a positive contribution to the group experience.  Conflicts are inevitable in play, and we always work to help students resolve them together.

Photo of Seattle Academy Middle School students in the weight room

Physical Fitness Basics

We want each student to understand the basic concepts of fitness and be able to apply them in their own lives.  Fitness is included in every part of the curriculum, from 6th grade through graduation.  Nearly every class will include some kind of cardiovascular warm-up and/or some muscular strength or endurance training.  Many of the games we play also involve a lot of vigorous movements that will enhance overall fitness.

Physical Education at SAAS FAQ

PE Credit for Participation in Athletics?

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.