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Physical Education (PE)

The PBS Approach

Movement is essential for learning.

Our physical education program understands the importance of physical activity and builds stamina, strength, and coordination. Physical education is also a prime opportunity to practice teamwork and sportsmanship.

Working within a community, students develop communication skills and flexibility while overcoming challenges, improving skills, and setting personal fitness goals.

Students appreciate and respect individual differences in physical abilities and diverse athletic options. PBS graduates are known for their fair play, their collaborative spirit, and their leadership on or off the field, court, or pitch.

In the upper-elementary grades, students can join interscholastic athletic teams. These teams compete locally outside of school hours. Playing team sports further develops students’ teamwork, physical coordination and fitness, and skills while layering in responsibility, commitment, competition, and sportsmanship.


  • In physical education, we want to develop students to be lifelong learners and physically active for their entire lives. One way we strive to accomplish this is by providing a safe environment for taking risks – both physically and socially.
  • At PBS we want students to understand the connection between mind and body and the effects on the mind and body brought about by physical activities. This allows students to enjoying the benefits of exercise, play, and collaboration.
  • We strive to develop the ability to succeed individually, in partners, teams and large groups. Teamwork and sportsmanship are ways we can measure our success in physical education.

Key Concepts and Emphasis

Evaluation Criteria