Physical Education

The principal objectives of the Physical Education program are to stimulate interest in physical education and physical fitness and to provide students with an opportunity to participate in activities that may be of ongoing interest to them throughout their lives.

With physical education, the year is divided into thirds (trimesters) to match the athletic program seasons (fall/winter/spring). Students must meet a PE requirement each semester of their four years (12 trimesters). A student may fulfill this requirement in one of three ways: 1) participation on an interscholastic team, 2) enrollment in a physical education class, or 3) participation in the Alternate Activity program.

Most students at UHS participate on one or more interscholastic teams (listed in the accompanying chart). This breadth of offering would compare favorably to many college programs. UHS encourages all students to participate in interscholastic athletics and over 90% of our students do participate on at least one team during their years here. The spring season in particular sees about 60% of the student body playing on one of 17 teams. For more information about UHS sports teams, see the website or contact the Athletic Department staff.

Students not participating on a team in a particular season often enroll in a PE class. Classes meet one-two times a week, almost always after school. Class sizes are generally small, permitting instructors to offer individual students a considerable amount of personal guidance and attention. The following activities are traditionally offered in the Physical Education program: archery, badminton, bowling, fencing, fitness training, lacrosse (co-ed), rock climbing,* running club, squash,* softball, strength and conditioning, urban hiking, and yoga. *Additional fee involved.

Strength and conditioning classes are offered by the school’s in-house S&C coach and are integrated into interscholastic team practices and also available separately for out-of-season athletes. The classes are designed to reduce the risk of injury and to build stronger foundations for athletic development. They are offered most days of the week after school on campus.

The Alternate Activity program is designed to accommodate students who wish to pursue physical activities and interests outside the school’s core program. Each year the list of accepted activities is long and varied. Typical examples might include ballet, cycling, figure skating, gymnastics, horseback riding, ice hockey, martial arts, or pilates. Athletes playing on outside club teams receive PE credit through this program as well. Any student interested in participating in off campus activities must submit a completed contract to the director of physical education at the beginning of the trimester. The student must also take responsibility for submitting completed logs to the PE Department at designated deadline dates.

Through this three-pronged approach to physical education, we hope that all UHS students will find their own passion for athletic activities, will learn how to develop and maintain a desired level of physical conditioning, and will leave UHS more likely to have an ongoing interest in physical fitness and sports for years to come.

Outside of the PE program, the Athletic Department also offers an extensive intramural program during lunch time. Activities have included: badminton, volleyball, indoor soccer, dodgeball, and basketball. Intramurals provide a fun way for students and the faculty to interact in friendly competition.

UHS Course Catalog: Physical Education

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