Fitness For Life
Preschool through grade three students take regular physical education classes that stress learning hand eye coordination, gross motor skills, and technical skills through inclusive games and exercises aimed at a lifetime love of movement.
Team sports begin in grade four with a focus on skill building, social development, and sportsmanship. The Lower School program introduces a variety of sports, aerobic conditioning, and encourages a love of activity. Students begin competing on interscholastic teams in grade five with soccer in the Fall, Basketball in the Winter, and club Lacrosse in the Spring. We use the teacher/coach/advisor model, which unites the experience of interscholastic team sports with the academic program.
Team sports at Harbor offer an unusual opportunity. In a larger middle school, or in a high school that begins in seventh grade, an eighth grade athlete might very well be lost, dominated by older and more skilled students, and neglected by coaches who focus on key team members. They might not play often, or may not even make the team. At Harbor, the same young athlete will have an opportunity to lead, building technical skills with intense personal coaching, and developing interpersonal skills as the natural leaders of younger students.
Because our coaches are also our teachers and advisors, the relationships between students and teachers continue to the fields and court, thus extending the classroom-learning environment. Often, this helps reinforce lessons learned in class and on the field. Moreover, as teacher-coaches, we often see different aspects of students on the field than we do in the classroom, providing a more rounded view of our students and offering teaching opportunities in a different setting.
Holding to the values of participating, playing hard, and playing fairly, our teams have sometimes been undefeated and sometimes more modest.