Our Philosophy

University School's physical education and athletic programs are important components of the overall school curriculum. These programs support the school's philosophy of participation, growth and achievement. We speak openly about and encourage the values of self-discipline, respect for others, integrity, responsibility and sportsmanship. Click HERE to view the University School Athletic Code of Conduct.

The programs reflect the equal importance of physical education and competitive interscholastic sports. In physical education, we strive to teach students the significance of their physical well being and to help them realize their capacities. The interscholastic program includes varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams to provide broad participation in sports.

Physical Education Program

The State of Ohio requires students to take two semesters of Physical Education in high school. During the freshman year, US students typically take one semester of Physical Education and one semester of Health. During the sophomore year students typically take a second semester of Physical Education to fulfill the state requirement.

Some students opt to fulfill their Physical Education and/or Health requirement by taking a summer school class in these areas. For more information on this option, please view the school's summer courses.

A sophomore may be exempted from Physical Education if he participates in two seasons of interscholastic sports and takes an elective class during one semester of his sophomore year.

The Physical Education staff believes that every student at University School should receive instruction in the following areas:
  • Fitness and Strength Building: A unit in fitness and strength building has been incorporated into the required freshman Health course.
  • Life-time Activities: In order to encourage students to develop skills that can become part of a healthy lifestyle, instruction in running, swimming, and rock-climbing are offered on our campus.
  • Swimming: Students must be able to pass a swim test prior to graduation. As part of the life-time activities, swimming units can be designed to meet the needs of any level of swimmer.
  • Team Activities and Racquet Sports: Students have the opportunity to receive instruction and to compete in activities such as squash, tennis, badminton, table tennis, basketball, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, and soccer. These activities are part of the physical education program.

Physical Education Chair

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Football (Freshmen, JV, Varsity)
Cross Country
Soccer (JV, Varsity)

Basketball (Freshmen, JV, Varsity)
Squash (JV, Varsity)
Wrestling (JV, Varsity)
Ice Hockey (JV, Varsity)

Baseball (Freshmen, JV, Varsity)
Track and Field
Lacrosse (JV, Varsity)
Tennis (JV, Varsity)

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.