The physical education program is designed to teach students about their bodies: how they work and how to keep them healthy. We provide activities to enhance and develop each child. Daily lessons are structured for quality learning experiences that create an environment fostering individual success, positive self-image, and growth through self-discovery. Health education is part of our program.

Academic and music course work are integrated as well. Daily success in physical education leads to social and emotional growth that can assist academic achievement. Exercise enhances brain development.

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  • Kindergarten

    • Kindergartners meet twice a week for 30 minutes.
    • Through exploration and guided discovery, kindergarten and first grade children are encouraged to move in their environment while they enjoy exploring space and practice controlling their bodies.
    • Movement Education develops spatial, lateral, tactile awareness, and "how I move in my environment."
    • Manipulative Skills integrate balls, ropes, bean bags, hoops, and parachutes with locomotion skills.
    • Dance, games, strength, and balance activities are included.
    • Fitness: Movements for agility, flexibility, and endurance are practiced.
    • Gross Motor Skills: Basic locomotion skills are part of our daily practice.
    • Activities that warm up and help develop core strength.

Department Faculty

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  • Photo of David Hay

    David Hay 

    Lower School P.E. Teacher
    Ithaca College - B.S.
    San Jose State University - M.A.
  • Photo of Jonathan Portero-Brown

    Jonathan Portero-Brown 

    Lower School P.E. Teacher
    415.751.0187, ext. 310
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.


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7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
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