Just as children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development all affect their overall growth, their physical development also plays a key role. Middle School students participate in physical education classes three hours per week. Team-building skills are honed for a variety of games, such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and hockey, enabling students to understand basic strategies like passing, getting open to create scoring opportunities, defending a team’s goal, and developing “court sense.”
Physical education classes also emphasize personal physical activity and commitment to lifelong exercise as a component of health. Each student competes against himself or herself to improve scores in running, aerobic exercise, and agility. Because scores are kept from year to year, students see their improvement and develop confidence they need to sustain commitment to physical activity throughout their lives.
At Green Acres, the importance of physical education is not eclipsed by other subjects. Rather, because physical development is an essential component of a student’s overall health and growth, we challenge students on the fields and courts as well as in their classrooms.
The After-School Athletic Program is open to all students in Grades 5 through 8. Our unique philosophy and “no-cut” policy is intended to give our athletes an introduction to both teamwork and the true meaning of sportsmanship. The program offers students an opportunity to participate fully on a number of teams including soccer, cross-country, basketball, softball, and lacrosse.Green Acres is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference, which is a 10 school league made up of Pre-K to eighth grade schools in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area.