Physical education, or movement as it is known at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, is an essential part of a fully balanced, healthy curriculum. Students at each stage of development need to fully explore the strengths and capacities of their physical bodies — learning new skills, developing physical confidence and honing their senses of balance, rhythm and self-control. In addition, games — cooperative and competitive — allow students to practice and develop their evolving social skills.
The High School movement program is designed to support students as they grow into their adult bodies, and set a basis for physical activity that they can continue into adulthood. The curriculum calls for a variety of activities over the school year including cooperative games, competitive sports, yoga, and self-defense. These topics are brought by a variety of teachers in four- to six-week blocks.
The movement curriculum at the High School level is supplemented by individual student participation in the competitive sports program with men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. In addition, some students are members of the High School Hiking Club, which has annual physical training for a fall three-day backpacking trip and a spring five-day trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Teachers: Delia Powell, Brent Schulte