The inclusive athletic program inspires all students to learn how to be successful within competitive athletics, and that success is gauged by the growth exhibited physically, emotionally, and socially.
The Middle School program prepares students physically by improving fitness, teaching sport and fitness skills, and promoting safe and sound health practices. Students progress from the development of sports skills, sportsmanship (moral decision making and self-control), team play (group responsibility), leadership, and problem solving to the application of these skills within a competitive athletic experience.
Physical education in the fifth grade meets three times per week during the academic day. The goal of these classes is to promote strength and endurance, to develop skills in various sports, and to provide opportunities for students to learn to be members of teams. The fifth grade class emphasizes the progression of skill development from the Lower School, introduction to team and recreational activity, cooperative and challenge activities, and fitness assessment. Students are exposed to a variety of the sport offerings they will choose from in the 6-8 sports program as well as other non traditional games.
Grade 6, 7, and 8 Sport Programs
The Middle School sports program includes both interscholastic teams and intramural programs for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
The interscholastic teams give students the opportunity to expand their learning and to challenge themselves through competition with other schools. Participation is the primary goal of this program and students should expect to be placed on an appropriate level team and have meaningful playing time during the season. If the participation numbers support it, there will be multiple levels per sport: Blue-for the highest skilled, White-for the intermediate skilled, and Intramurals-for the student who is newer to the sport and/or needs to work on skill development. In some sports if numbers support a third tier team a Gray team may be added offering something less competitive than White but interscholastic unlike intramurals. Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Games are typically played on Wednesdays or Fridays. Our teams generally compete with public and private schools and teams from southern Maine, seacoast New Hampshire, and northern Massachusetts.
Fall interscholastic sports include cross-country, tennis, field hockey, and soccer. Winter interscholastic sports include basketball and ice hockey. Spring interscholastic sports are baseball, softball, and lacrosse.
We also offer intramural options that only meet during the Tuesday and Thursday sports period. These offerings include: Strength & Conditioning, Winter Fitness, Recreational Tennis, Dance Team, Yoga, and possibly intramural offerings in our above interscholastic sports.