Physical Education

The San Francisco Day School physical education program emphasizes fitness, skill development, sportsmanship, and cooperation with peers. Skill development is assessed on a daily basis by the teacher through observation. Students are also evaluated on their participation, effort, and sportsmanship. Fitness scores are documented three times a year in grades 3-8.

The curriculum supports the students' athletic development from kindergarten to eighth grade in the following five areas:

  1. Movement concepts - understanding movement through exploration and a variety of games
  2. Body movement - spatial awareness, balance, coordination
  3. Locomotor movement - skipping, galloping, walking, running, hopping
  4. Manipulative skills - throwing, catching, kicking, rolling, trapping, striking with implements
  5. Rhythmic skills - swaying, turning, foot patterns, dance

Fifth through eighth grade meets five times over ten days for 75 minute periods.

In the upper school, students also complete a self-assessment fitness portfolio to measure personal growth. They are evaluated by the teacher in three areas: effort, participation, and sportsmanship.