The Physical Education department goals encompass the teaching of many concepts related to health, fitness, athletics and personal well-being. Students have a variety of opportunities and choices during their middle school years in which to address the essential learning objectives. As students complete Grade 8, they will be ready to transition effectively to the high school program with enhanced skills in the following noted areas.

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  • What a Grade 8 student will know and be able to do in Physical Education:

    • Gross and fine motor skills - Students will demonstrate competence (at the appropriate developmental level) in the basic sport and movement skills necessary to maximize their potential in sports and recreation.
    • Health and Fitness - Students will understand the value of physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle.
    • Sportsmanship - Students will be able to accept decisions made in the playing of the game. They will understand and demonstrate good sportsmanship as it relates individually, with teammates, with opponents and officials.
    • Strategic play - Students will understand the more complex strategies necessary for success in team and individual sports.
    • Social Awareness - Students begin to appreciate and embrace the differences in others through sport and recreational activities.
    • Global unity through sport - Students will understand the value of relationships, and appreciate the diversity of those relationships, created though local, regional and global competition.

Physical Education Curriculum by Grade

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  • Grades 6, 7, 8

    The Physical Education program focuses on the development of skills, attitudes of sportsmanship and the concept of lifetime fitness. Students have the opportunity to dfevelop techniques of conditioning and to learn about setting personal training goals.

    Students experience instruction and play in the following team sports: basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, hockey, team handball, volleyball and various other recreational games. Additional activities include Frisbee games, weight training and conditioning, tumbling, tennis, badminton, aerobics, golf and over-the-line. Participation takes place entirely during the school day in the physical education class, with no after school obligation.
  • Grades 7 & 8 - Interscholastic Sports

    The interscholastic sports program for students in Grades 7 and 8 adds competitive strategies to the physical education objectives, with the opportunity to join a variety of teams, including flag football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and more.

    Students are placed in practice groups appropriate for their skill levels, with opportunity to advance as skill development progresses.

    Practice takes place during physical education class, with games scheduled after school approximately once or twice a week. Home games conclude at about 5 pm, with teams returning to Parker from away games no later than 6 pm.
    *On-campus Physical Education or Interscholastic Sports is required of all Middle School students. Grade 7 and 8 students elect Physical Education class or an interscholastic sports team on a season-by-season basis. 
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900