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.

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"Harbor continues to demonstrate an incomparable environment for young minds to grow and flourish. The energy inside and outside of classrooms is simply inspiring."

-Linda Sjogren

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"I'm so excited to see my daughter grow and make friends for life."

-Preschool 3s Family

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"I just want to tell you we've had a great year. The teachers are so creative and he's learned so naturally. I've loved our preschool here. They've really cemented his love of learning. That's part of his personality but also, that's what they've fostered here."

—Current Parent

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As I dropped my kids off this morning and proceeded to take a flight, I never had a moment's pause about leaving them in the care of the school while I was beyond their reach. That kind of trust is priceless.

—Current Parent

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"Harbor Country Day is all about educating the whole child with teachers and staff who care, small classes that stimulate thought, and a community focused on children's character and leadership development."


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"Students are nurtured as they move through our school, allowing them to feel safe and supported by our staff. As a result, they not only gain the mastery of the basic skills presented in our challenging core and co-curricular offerings, but are also enabled to think creatively and work collaboratively to effectively solve problems that come their way - skills essential for success in the 21st century."

—Mr. Joe Ferber, Former Interim Head of School

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"The field trips, class sizes, curriculum and mentoring nature of the community forged for me a foundation that I rely on today and every day. Some of the best things in my life have come from my Harbor experience."

—Andrew, Alumnus