Lower School Physical Education
The Lower School physical education program instills the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. Experiences are designed to provide students with the skills, understanding, and confidence to participate in a variety of sports and activities. Lower School students have daily physical education classes which focus on movement, skill development, and cooperative dynamics. In Kindergarten, classes focus on movement and fundamental motor skills. In Classes One and Two, students further develop their motor skills with an emphasis on technique and consistent practice. Students are able to combine and apply these skills in dynamic game situations in Classes Three and Four. Sport tournaments, fitness activities, and comprehensive games in Class Five provide authentic opportunities for students to refine and strategically apply skills in developmentally appropriate experiences. Students in Kindergarten through Class Four also participate in a dedicated creative movement class which enhances coordination, artistic movement, and creative exploration. Throughout the Lower School physical education experience, there is an emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork, and cooperation.
Middle School Physical Education and Athletics
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade
St. John’s Middle School Physical Education and Athletics provides students with opportunities to participate and compete in the athletic arena with emphasis placed on sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect of opponents, officials, and one’s self.
Students in sixth and seventh grade are required to participate in a team sport during all three seasons. Eighth graders have the option to take a non-competitive PE course in place of a team sport during one of the three seasons. Practices for athletics occur at the end of the school day, with competition taking place after school. The school makes every effort to include all interested students in the sports of their choosing. Some sports, such as golf and tennis, may limit the number of participants. To accommodate large numbers, some programs implement a “core team” concept, with the core group supplemented on game days by a rotating group; other teams may be divided into “A” and “B” squads. As feasible, games for both “A” and “B” teams will be scheduled.
Eighth grade teams culminate their season with a Houston Junior Preparatory Conference (HJPC) tournament or meet.
The following sports are offered during the three seasons:
- Fall: Cross Country (b,g), Field Hockey (g), Football (b), Volleyball (b,g)
- Winter: Basketball (b,g), Soccer (b,g), Swimming (b,g), Wrestling (b)
- Spring: Baseball (b), Golf (b,g), Lacrosse (b,g), Softball (g), Tennis (b,g), Track & Field (b,g)
Upper School Physical Education
The St. John's one-credit graduation requirement in Physical Education will be fulfilled during the ninth grade year. Students may earn Physical Education credit using one of the following options:
- Participate on one St. John’s sanctioned athletic team, JV or Varsity*.
- Participate in two trimesters of Physical Education (PE) classes. Note: PE classes will be offered only in Winter and Spring trimesters.
- Participate in the St. John’s cheerleading program during Fall or Winter trimester.
- Participate in a St. John’s Dance Ensemble. Note: This requires a full year commitment. A dance ensemble may not be used to earn both a Physical Education credit and a Fine Arts credit concurrently.
*A student who begins Winter trimester as a participant on a team will move to PE classes if he/she elects to withdraw from the team. Participation in PE classes will continue through the end of Spring trimester.