Our mission is to provide successful physical experiences for all boys through a curriculum designed to foster and develop the knowledge and values, physical skills, and practices necessary for personal physical fitness and lifetime wellness.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION is an integral part of the educational process at University School. The physical education program provides unique contributions to the total growth and development of each boy primarily through movement experiences. The National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes guide our program for Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 Physical Education developed by the Society of Health and Physical Education and the Ohio Content Standards.
Early in the physical education experience we focus on the mastery of basic movements. The skills progress to the development and refinement of more complex skills. To teach these skills, it is essential that students participate in a wide variety of physical activities. The program is designed to be sequential while paralleling the physical, emotional and social development of boys. In addition to learning new skills each year, previously taught skills and concepts are reinforced and refined.
The physical education facilities on the Shaker campus are many and include a football field, two soccer fields, an outside teaching area, a six-lane 400-meter artificial surface track, three baseball fields, eight tennis courts, a double-size gymnasium, a wrestling room and a four lane 25-yard indoor pool.
The sixth-grade program focuses on sport-related activities, physical fitness, recreational and lifetime activities. Our program provides an opportunity for each boy to develop increased participation and appreciation for specific sports they may wish to choose at the interscholastic level in seventh and eighth grades. The boys meet for forty minutes four times a week. More emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, refining specialized skills in sport-related activities, as well as simple game strategies.
GRADES 7 & 8
The seven and eighth physical education program focuses on physical fitness, recreational and lifetime activities. Our curriculum offers activities in both team and individual sport games, fitness activities such as aquatics, aerobic activities and recreational games.