At Arbor, P.E. is more than just physical activity. It encompasses both physical development and character development. In addition to general fitness and skills proficiency, P.E. aims to develop life-enhancing habits: an appreciation for being active, an understanding of the need for proper care of the body, and a spirit of inclusive and creative collaboration. This program takes as its core mission the development of sportsmanship: observing the rules of play; treating other participants with fairness, generosity, and encouragement; and winning or losing with grace.
Arbor P.E. is not designed to serve as a pre-competitive sports program, but older students have occasional opportunities—an invitational track meet at Catlin Gabel, an annual friendly soccer match with a sister school in Washington—to exercise their skills as a team in competition with other schools.
P.E. classes take full advantage of Arbor's outdoor spaces, which include several soccer fields, a bark-chip track, a cross-country course, and basketball courts.