Life’s lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership are taught both on and off the field at Graland. Our athletics program instills the importance of fitness and provides exposure to a wide range of individual and team sports. On any given day, students can be found cross country skiing on Preisser Field; exploring hand and foot holds on the Fieldhouse climbing wall; or playing golf, lacrosse, field hockey, or volleyball.
Beginning in kindergarten, physical education is taught on a daily basis, incorporating weekly skill themes to guide instruction and learning. The program focuses on the development of mature motor patterns in all the fundamental locomotor, manipulative, and stability skills.
In addition, we emphasize the social development skills of participation, cooperation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. In fourth and fifth grades, students learn the basic concepts of offense and defense, rules, strategies, and other team concepts as they apply to sports and lifetime activities.
In grades six through eight, students have the opportunity to pursue competitive athletics and lifetime fitness in a variety of ways, all of which emphasize year-round participation, sportsmanship, respect, commitment, discipline, competition, and cooperation. Each season, students have the opportunity to compete on an interscholastic team in the sport of their choice. Independent pursuit of an alternative sport, such as horseback riding, ice skating, or ballet, may also fulfill the athletic education requirement.