Students in the Lower School engage in physical activity every day, twice a day. The Lower School offers a structured Physical Education class daily for 45 minutes and a daily unstructured recess for 45 minutes. Teachers are also encouraged to use physical movement in their lessons as this has proven to support our students’ learning needs. Research shows that active movement helps students stay focused and helps with the concentration in the academic classes.
Fifth-grade students in the Lower School participate in the "Changing Bodies" lesson where they learn about their bodies and the changes that occur to them during puberty. Topics also include nutrition, healthy living, and hygiene. Boys and girls are separated and are provided with information as well as the opportunity to ask clarifying questions in a safe and welcoming environment. Parents are notified and the information presented is shared with them, in advance, so that they may choose to “opt out” their child from participating in any health lessons involving family life education.
Middle School students have a 45-minute physical education class each school day.
In alignment with the Commonwealth of Virginia's credit requirements for Physical Education, all High School students must complete at least two years of P.E. or an approved alternative course, as determined by the High School Director.
A Health course is also taken in conjunction with Physical Education and is a two-year required course for High School graduation. The course, which lasts three weeks, focuses on the body, growth and development, decision making, alcohol and drugs, sexual education, nutrition, and communication.
Specific topics of study in the Health course include understanding various interpersonal communication styles, techniques in stress management, the importance of balanced nutrition and tobacco, drug and alcohol education. Students also receive a brief overview of body systems, hygiene, puberty, contraceptives and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), as well as a discussion on the importance of good decision making and self-esteem. Emergency first aid, CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) are also taught throughout the course.
Parents are given the option to “opt out” their child from participation in any health lessons involving family life education or sexual education, which includes information on reducing the incidence of pregnancy and STIs.