The athletic program at RCDS is designed to enhance each student’s athleticism and self-esteem by emphasizing skills development, camaraderie, and excellence. The program stresses sportsmanship and strives to instill a sense of team responsibility and school spirit. The program is broad enough to prepare gifted athletes to compete at the college level while at the same time ensuring that all students are exposed to the lifelong benefits of athletics and team participation.
RCDS has a 45,000-square-foot Athletic Center with basketball and squash courts, locker rooms, a fitness center, and an athletic training room. The sports program has full-time coaches, as well as teachers who coach. Both serve as positive role models, developing a student-athlete's sense of sportsmanship and love of the game. In recent years, RCDS teams have won NYSAIS State Championships and have competed in the New England playoffs. At RCDS, athletics are a fitting counterpart to academics, energizing both mind and body.
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Lower School Physical Education
The Lower School physical education program emphasizes developing coordination and improving locomotor skills while doing age-appropriate developmental activities. The goals and objectives of physical education are designed to be appropriate for each individual grade level. The curriculum focuses on helping each child build a positive self-image. Body awareness, spatial awareness, locomotor skills, and manipulative skills are major concepts emphasized in the program.
Middle School Physical Education
The Middle School program provides a strong base of fundamental and sport-specific skills in preparation for the Upper School program. Students in grades 5th and 6th are provided classes emphasizing skill acquisition and developmentally appropriate game play. In addition to sport-specific classes, the physical education program includes several units of project adventure focusing on strengthening self-image, cooperation, and teamwork. In grades 7 and 8, students choose whether to join an interscholastic team, or choose a PE class (dance or sports conditioning).
Upper School Physical Education
In the Upper School, students realize that physical activity provides a means for social interaction, self-expression, physical competency, enjoyment, and overall health benefits. The program is designed to balance personal choice at a developmentally appropriate level while maintaining standards of excellence in teaching lifelong lessons regarding health and exercise. Students not participating on an athletic team are required to select a physical education class which meets three blocks in a six-day cycle for a total of a 35 minutes per block. Throughout the year, units are provided in: tennis, squash, dance, step-aerobics, kickboxing, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and skating. For more information, view the Upper School curriculum guide.