At IDEAL, we believe in the connection between a healthy mind and body, and thus all IDEAL students participate in physical activity at least four days a week. Our physical education program develops skills and practices that foster a lifelong appreciation for physical fitness, emphasize good sportsmanship and teamwork, and highlight the significance of health and wellness. As in academic classes, we adapt our physical education classes to accommodate activities for physical and motor challenges and have an adaptive PE instructor as a part of our team. Whenever possible, physical education classes are held in Riverside Park, IDEAL’s backyard, to foster a love of nature and the outdoors.
The Middle School physical education curriculum provides opportunities for students to hone their fundamental skills in team sports while still recognizing the need for physical activity with regard to healthy living. Students participate in units on team sports such as volleyball, soccer, track, and basketball and are introduced to individual sports and fitness activities such as yoga and golf. Throughout the year, students deepen their understanding of the positive impact of physical fitness and daily activity in the present and future.