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Physical Education Overview

The Upper School Physical Education program builds a framework for a lifetime of activity and healthy living by providing regular opportunities for students to participate in a wide variety of physical activities and skill development experiences. 

Students work on pushing out of their comfort zone and challenging themselves to confidently meet new challenges as well as social and cognitive development, including a scope and sequence of activities to challenge students of all abilities and skill levels.

Many students take skills they build in class to Burke's robust athletics program with developmental, JV, and Varsity teams.

Grade Level Highlights

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  • Fifth Grade P.E.

    We lay a foundation of knowledge and skills in each unit that we can continue to build on in the coming years. Students participate in a variety of instructional physical activities, in order to develop a solid foundation of prerequisite skills and movement patterns.
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  • Sixth Grade P.E.

    Students continue to participate in a variety of instructional and developmentally appropriate physical activities. The focus is on developing the fundamental skills in each unit: Social-Emotional Learning, Non-Violent Communication, mindfulness, and transferable skills.
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  • Seventh Grade P.E.

    The emphasis in seventh grade is on developing more advanced skills in each unit to build on the fundamentals developed in sixth grade.
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  • Eighth Grade P.E.

    Students are instructed in a variety of developmentally appropriate physical activities in the same areas as in fifth through seventh grades, but the emphasis is on the application of the previously developed skills, tactics, and rules of gameplay situations. 
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P.E. Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Ashling Bryant

    Ashling Bryant 

    Director of Athletics, Upper School P.E.
    415.751.0187, ext. 255
  • Photo of Charlee Jones

    Charlee Jones 

    Upper School P.E., 5th Grade Advisor
    415.751.0187, ext. 302
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