The middle school athletic program replaces physical education classes for seventh- and eighth-grade students, who will select a sport or class to take each fall, winter, and spring. All students are able to play on their desired team; tryouts are not necessary. Students meet the coaches during orientation. In the fall of 2021, our seventh- and eighth-graders participated in cross country, volleyball, soccer, tennis, or PE Fiit (Fun intensity interval training).
About Physical Education at EMS
While age-appropriate physical education looks a bit different in each of our divisions, our curriculum builds on the lessons of each year prior to ensure that our students develop physical literacy and social-emotional skills — or, in other words, feel comfortable and competent in their bodies and equipped to make healthy decisions about exercise and future athletic and recreational activities.
All students have the opportunities and encouragement to reach their potential while progressing at their own rates. We begin building healthy activity in our Chilton House students (Age 2–Kindergarten), focusing on students’ gross and fine motor control. Our Little School students (Grades 1–4) learn how to maintain a healthy level of physical activity and fitness they will want to continue throughout their lives. Our Morrow House students (Grade 5–8) learn about teamwork and sportsmanship through group activities. By the time they graduate, our students have had ample opportunities to apply these skills to team sports, from cross country to lacrosse.
Related Physical Education activities to try at EMS
EMS prepares students for an impressive range of top-tier secondary schools.
Our students cultivate the ability to learn, think, explore, empathize, and lead. They graduate with the ability, mindset, and competencies to navigate a global world and are well-prepared to face an unknowable future.
EMS students are accustomed to a rigorous academic environment and welcome the demands of competitive secondary schools. They are often placed in advanced sections where they perform very well.