The Lower School Physical Education Program is based upon the department’s beliefs about what is best for students at each grade level. A progression of classroom expectations and curricular demands has been developed to address the varying needs of children who cover a broad span of ages and abilities. Faculty will assist each student in developing to her or his highest level of accomplishment.
Germantown Academy provides an environment wherein students are respected as individuals while working together in groups. Confidence is the basic building block upon which all youngsters’ skills are developed. Teachers endeavor to help children gain a sense of themselves which will allow them to appreciate their strengths while gaining some understanding about their weaknesses. Students are encouraged to work on those facets of their development over which they have control, to better themselves wherever possible and to try to be the best that they can be. Their efforts are applauded as well as their accomplishments.
Cooperative endeavor and sportsmanship are high priorities. Opportunities for social interaction are of paramount importance in the classroom. Also, faculty ascribe to the core belief that active participation leads to discovery and internalization. Additionally within the program, students are asked to assume increasing amounts of responsibility for themselves and in their interaction with others.