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. The Middle School program is especially graduated with three levels: physical education, intramurals, and interscholastic teams. These levels provide rapidly developing students with appropriate levels of competence and competition. The program also provides flexibility in the three levels, and we expect students to participate at the level most appropriate for them.
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. The sixth grade has physical education once a week. It emphasizes team building, sport strategies, skill development, and fitness assessment.
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. This program gives students the opportunity to expand their learning and to challenge themselves through competition with other schools. While we believe that all students, at this level, should experience the joy of athletics, we are also committed to maintaining a competitive experience. Participation is the primary goal of this program, but we also expect students to be committed to their team and to their own self improvement. All Middle School students should expect to play approximately half of the game time in a contest, barring mitigating circumstances. Reasons for decreased playing time include but are not limited to, extremely large team rosters, excessive missed practice times, or other disciplinary reasons.
Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Games are typically played on Wednesdays and 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. There are also a variety of intramural options each season that only meet on Tuesday and Thursdays including but not limited to: Strength & Conditioning, Winter Fitness, Recreational Tennis, Introduction to Competitive Swimming, Dance Team, Yoga, etc.