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Physical Education

My role is to teach and advocate for our students, helping them to understand lifelong wellness and what it means to be fit, while engaging with them and making sure they have some fun, too!’” –PE and Health Teacher James Johnson

At UPrep, the goal of the Physical Education and Health program is to redefine educational excellence by supporting all students, regardless of their athletic abilities, in developing their skills, knowledge, and character in a variety of contexts.

Our students learn how to develop a foundation for lifelong wellness and build upon their physical and health literacy by exploring P.E. and health.

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Upper School P.E. & Health Program

At UPrep, Upper School P.E. is an exploratory program that supports health, develops physical literacy, and builds a foundation for lifelong health and wellness.

Our Upper School P.E. courses provide students with choice to give them the opportunity to explore specific interests. These courses are designed to help foster a sense of curiosity, joy, and interest in learning experiences both on- and off-campus. Our students can fully embrace one course multiple times or take three different courses based on their interests and needs. All Upper School P.E. courses are open to students in grades nine through twelve unless otherwise noted.

Graduation Requirements:

  • 1 semester of Health (9th grade) 

  • 3 semesters of P.E. courses (semesters and/or intensives) 

Semester Offerings Include: Yoga, Lifetime Activities, Weight Training, Racket Sports, Dance, Golf, 9th Grade Health, Individualized P.E. (application & approval required)

Intensive Offerings Include: Lifetime Activities, Swimming and Water Safety, Yoga: On and Off the Mat, 9th Grade Health

All Upper School students participate in P.E. courses, regardless of their participation in school sports or club community sports and activities. Students who are highly involved in afterschool athletics and activities are encouraged to consider P.E. classes that complement these activities or introduce them to new ones. For example, a student athlete who needs to work on their strength may decide to take our Weight Training course, or a student who needs time to decompress and manage stress may take Yoga. Students who want to explore wellness activities outside of traditional sports may decide to take one of our Lifetime Activities courses. UPrep's P.E. department also offers a robust selection of intensive courses, where students take an immersive three-week P.E. experience in the winter or spring instead of a traditional semester-long P.E. course.