Athletics Are for Everyone
Activity and movement are important for ensuring that the school day is engaging and balanced for our students. Our Lower and Upper School students travel around campus for classes in different locations, break for snack and recess every day, and regularly participate in sports and PE. Applewild students are always moving: physical activity is woven into our regular days in a way that keeps our students engaged throughout their time in school.
When Applewild students graduate, they are used to being active, they have a well-developed sense of good sportsmanship, and they know the value of teamwork and self-improvement. They have the tools to make informed life choices from our thorough health curriculum. Applewild student athletes are confident and ready to try their hardest at anything they encounter.
Lower School PE and Intramurals
Beginning in Kindergarten, our PE program is designed to introduce skills to promote fitness; improve body control, spatial awareness, and motor skills; and encourage collaboration and good sportsmanship. Our younger students play games, learn the basics of different sports, and spend plenty of time outdoors, sometimes hiking in the hundreds of acres of conservation land surrounding our campus.
In the fourth grade, students join our Green and White teams and begin to participate in Friday afternoon intramurals. In a relaxed setting, our students apply their developing skills and values to seasonal sports and competitions with friends and classmates. Fifth graders have the opportunity to become Green and White captains, leading the Lower School in athletics, bi-weekly common times, and broader Lower School life. In the eighth grade, Green and White school captains act as leaders of the whole student body, organizing athletic events and heading the student council.
Upper School Sports
School days at Applewild never stop being varied and exciting, and students in the Upper School still have snack and recess every day, as well as other opportunities for movement. Beginning in the sixth grade, students transition from traditional PE classes to our afternoon sports program.
No matter what the venue, Applewild physical education maintains its emphasis on inclusivity, teamwork, and respect. Our no-cut policy ensures that Applewild students of all skill levels get to have fun and improve on the field. We expect our Upper School students to participate in the afternoon sports program, but we also provide varied afternoon options so that students can delve more deeply into the areas about which they are passionate. Each season, Upper School students choose between travel sports (including soccer, cross country, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse), a rotating non-travel sports team, and our mentor programs.
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