Physical Education & Athletics
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
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 cooperative games, softball, badminton, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and hockey.
In the winter 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.
Movement-based learning is 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. These gross motor movements facilitate the flow of information in the brain, restoring students’ 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
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 and higher who plan to participate in a sport during the school year must receive a physical exam and complete the required health form each year. The form can be found on the Parent Forms Page. It 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 needs to be submitted.