Athletics and Physical Education

Students may satisfy the physical education requirement in a number of ways. In each of the sports seasons—fall, winter, and spring—students may participate in either interscholastic athletics or the physical education (PE) program. Each student must accumulate six credits to meet the graduation requirement. One credit is given for each season of participation in a PE class, and 1½ credits are given for each season of interscholastic athletics. Thus, a student who participates on teams during two of the three seasons will meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade year. A student who participates only in the PE program needs to be involved in each of the seasons to meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade. Students may also accumulate credits by playing on teams some seasons and participating in PE during others. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement prior to the junior year.

Physical Education

Options for PE may include:

  • Challenge Course Leadership
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Training and Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Off Campus PE Credit
  • Volleyball
  • Game Day Worker
  • Taekwondo

The goal of the Physical Education program is to develop students who are conditioned in all aspects of fitness: muscular strength, endurance and aerobic conditioning, and flexibility. Classes are co-ed, cross-graded, and meet twice a week after school. 

Interscholastic Athletics

Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports
 Boys' Cross Country  Boys' Basketball  Boys' Baseball
 Boys' Soccer  Girls' Basketball  Boys' Lacrosse
 Girls' Cross Country  Girls' Indoor Soccer  Boys' Tennis
 Girls' Field Hockey  Co-ed Squash  Girls' Lacrosse
 Girls' Soccer  Team Manager  Girls' Softball
 Girls' Tennis    Team Manager
 Team Manager    

 

The goal of the Interscholastic Athletics program is to field competitive teams. We take great pride in our program and feel that there is much to be learned and to be gained by participating on teams. It is a privilege for an athlete to represent The Park School. Athletes choosing to join a team must understand that they are making a serious commitment to the goals of the interscholastic program.

commitment

It is a privilege for an athlete to represent The Park School. We take great pride in our athletic program. There is much to be learned and gained by participating on our interscholastic teams. All athletes choosing to join a team must understand that they are making a serious commitment to the goals of the program. Each team member is expected to fulfill team and school expectations; failure to do so may jeopardize an athlete’s opportunity to participate on a Park team. 

goals

The goal of the Athletic Program is to field competitive teams which effectively represent Park School. We strive to: 

  • Provide a safe and healthy environment for learning and risk taking.
  • Teach sportsmanship.
  • Teach the importance of disciplined physical activity. 
  • Help students deal with success and failure, both as individuals and as a group.
  • Teach the importance of dedication to a cause greater than oneself. 
  • Develop respect for the judgment of others (i.e., coaches and officials) and learn to accept decisions maturely. 
  • Provide an opportunity for individual success and team success.
  • Develop increased self-confidence and responsibility. 
  • Teach sport-specific skills and strategies. 
  • Provide the opportunity for development of thought as it relates to athletics and game strategies. expose students to competition. 
  • Develop a realistic view of one’s own abilities, both individually and in comparison with others. provide opportunities for greater social interactions. 
  • Provide an opportunity for the relief of stress 
  • Develop a feeling of enjoyment for physical activity and sport. 
  • Provide an opportunity for strenuous physical activity. 

 We offer different levels of competition to accomplish these goals: 

Freshman/Sophomore

This option exists when there is a sufficient number of student athletes wishing to play a sport. This level provides a competitive experience for those individuals not making the JV team. Skills, strategies, and rules are emphasized, and there is an attempt to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to play in games. 

Junior Varsity

Competition is at a higher level. The teaching of rules, skills, and strategies continues. Teamwork becomes more sophisticated and the expectations for skill development are higher. It becomes more difficult—sometimes impossible—for athletes to receive equal playing time.    

Varsity

This is the most competitive level. There are greater demands on athletes’ time; practices are longer and there are more games, including tournaments and possible weekend competitions. Playing time is determined primarily by skills and attitude and is not guaranteed. 

Requirements

Six credits of physical education are required for graduation.

One credit is given for each season of participation in a PE class, and 1.5 credits are given for each season of interscholastic athletics. Thus, a student who participates on teams during two of the three seasons will meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade year. A student who participates only in the PE program needs to be involved in each of the seasons to meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade. Students may also accumulate credits by playing on teams some seasons and participating in PE during others. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement prior to the junior year.