All students engage in outdoor physical activity each day.
Preschoolers play outdoors under the supervision of their teachers once each morning and afternoon.
Play for these 3-6 year olds is creative, spirited, energetic, and frequently involves running and fantasy games, playing on the climber, digging in the sand, and working in the garden.
Children alternate between the preschool playground and the Natural Playground, where they have access to the woods and the goat pens. Beginning in first grade, students have two physical education classes with a specialist each week. The curriculum is built around the development of balance, coordination, and basic game skills and always begins with stretching followed by an aerobic activity.
On non-P.E. days, self-directed outdoor play period is supervised by the classroom teacher.
These "free play" experiences are important to the development of urban children who, for safety reasons, often cannot play freely without adult supervision in their neighborhoods. During these periods, children are afforded the opportunity to develop the social and organizational skills necessary to choose a game, divide into teams, and monitor the rules independent of adults as they engage in a variety of activities including running and tag games, exercising on the climber, soccer, volleyball, touch football, basketball, and playing in the woods; a popular place for creative play.
Children develop ingenuity, teamwork, and a love of industry as they create and build forts and huts from natural materials. A zip line running the length of the woods provides an opportunity to develop confidence and a tolerance for risk. The goat pens, housing miniature goats, are very popular.
Tennis lessons take place every day after school, both on campus for younger children and off-campus for older players.
Students compete in tournament play through the USTA. Both the 10-and-under and 12-and-under teams have won city USTA championships.