Physical Education is an integral part of the Marymount curriculum. As the School strives to “educate the heart and mind” of each student, so it encourages physical fitness and a respect for exercise and athletic achievement. The athletics department, by fostering teamwork, discipline, agility, and sportsmanship in every student, plays an integral role in Marymount education.
From Nursery to Class III, students receive guidance in developing a basic understanding of movement, fitness, and gymnastics, as well as the preliminary skills needed to participate in basic team sports classes.
Physical Education in Classes IV through XII helps students develop individual fitness, physical skills, an understanding of game rules and strategies, and an appreciation of their application to team sports. Students are encouraged to participate on athletic teams.
The PE Elective Program for Classes X–XII allows students to choose a different activity each trimester, aiming to create interest in and enthusiasm for a sport or sports-related activity.
Physical Education teachers and athletic coaches stress the importance of individual fitness, excellent skills, and competitive play, in addition to active participation and a full commitment to teamwork. Competitive sports offer students leadership roles as team captains, managers, and players.
Students join Varsity, Junior Varsity, Class VII/VIII and Class V/VI teams in a highly competitive interscholastic sports program within the Athletic Association of Independent Schools (AAIS), the New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Asociation (NYSAISAA), and the Independent Schools’ Fencing League (ISFL).