The RCS physical education program fosters leadership, independence, and positive team building experiences. It also provides opportunities that incorporate critical thinking, integrity, and cooperation with others.
Our program educates students through movement and sports so that they become aware of their bodies' potential and become confident in their physical abilities. Honesty, consideration, and respect for others' strengths and limitations form the effective building blocks of the program. By emphasizing best efforts, setting attainable goals, giving individual attention, and offering choices, students discover the joy of being active and gain confidence in their skills and their abilities to perform.
Students are introduced to the skills and rules of the sports they might want to play when they enter Grade 5. In the fall, all fourth graders play soccer, field hockey, flag football, and aerobic games. In the winter, the fourth-grade program includes basketball, wrestling, movement, and climbing wall activities. Spring sports include softball, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field.
For seventh and eighth-graders, the Physical Education program expands beyond physical activity to encompass the entire concept of a healthy lifestyle. In conjunction with physical education activities, students in Health and Ethics classes discuss character education and tools for healthy decision making, including a semester-long unit on bullying. The course is designed to get children thinking about their personal health and well being. Students learn that they are responsible for their own choices, bodies, and health as they become young adults.
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.