At Cambridge School, we believe in providing students with a comprehensive educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Physical education and athletics allow students to:
- Build general motor skills and kinesthetic awareness through physical activity
- Improve executive function skills through processing directions, following instructions, and settings goals
- Develop character and sportsmanship by practicing respect, responsibility, fairness, and cooperation
Our Physical Education and Athletics program emphasizes self-improvement and the ability to think through and understand skills and strategies. Information regarding available activities can be found below.
Physical and Health Education (School-Wide)
Our physical education curriculum is designed to use drills and games to develop health and fitness, provide opportunities for self-expression, and teach valuable concepts — such as sportsmanship, self-discipline, and leadership.
Physical education activities are presented in a sequential manner, with each learned skill acting as a foundation for more advanced activities. As students progress through the curriculum, new activities offer additional opportunities to improve hand/eye and perceptual/motor coordination. Physical education activities include softball, badminton, basketball, gym games, soccer, volleyball, and introduction to baseball.
In the winter semester all students have health classes integrated into their physical education program. Health classes are designed to address health issues related to the students’ social environment equipping them with skills necessary to make appropriate choices.
Brain Gym (School-Wide)
Brain Gym is movement-based learning. The movements are designed to support a child as they discover reading, handwriting, spelling, or math. These natural movements enhance learning by addressing the sensory elements involved in the integration of new ideas. The Brain Gym movements facilitate the flow of information in the brain, restoring our innate ability to learn and function at top efficiency. Specific exercises can address:
- Posture control
- Crossing the midline
- Finger strength and dexterity
- Visual skills
- Spatial orientation
- Eye-hand coordination
- Working memory
Yoga (Lower School I – Middle School I)
Yoga is shown to support the brain-body relationship. Our instruction focuses on improving self-regulation skills, attention capacity, and mindfulness—all skills that support learning. Combining yoga with mindfulness also provides significant therapeutic benefits for students who have challenges related to ADHD, sensory integration, coordination, motor planning, social anxiety, impulsivity, and stress. The practices help students develop self-awareness and give them tools for recognizing internal body cues. Noticing and listening to these cues with objectivity teaches students to self-monitor, which empowers them with more choices for self-regulating their behavior.
Taekwondo (Lower School I – Middle School I)
Taekwondo means “the way of feet and hands” and is about much more than kicking and punching. It is more about the mind, which controls the whole body. There has been much research over the past decade regarding the positive affect Taekwondo has on students with ADHD and other learning differences (Dunlap, 2004). Children who are disorganized or have difficulty following instructions or directions often benefit from participation in martial arts programs. For these students, Taekwondo provides the ideal place to increase attention span, decrease distraction, develop motor and behavioral control, improve self-esteem, increase memorization and build positive peer relationships.
A variety of after-school sports are offered at Cambridge School throughout the school year, including:*
- Cross country
*Note, seasonal availability is subject to student interest.
Regular practices are an essential component of each program, including warm-up activities, skill-building, sport-specific drills, and games.
Pre-Participation Physical Exam – Students in Middle School II or higher who plan to participate in a sport during the school year must receive a physical exam and complete this required form each year before they can join. The form should be filled out by a parent or guardian and taken to a physician to review and sign as required by the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act. If the form is completed more than 90 days before the first day of practice, a Health History Update Questionnaire will need to be submitted.