Physical Education & Athletics

Maret believes that fitness is essential to wellbeing and that athletics teach important life skills that extend beyond the physical. Hard work, personal accomplishment, good sportsmanship, self-discipline, and cooperation are taught at every grade level, K-12.


Goal

We develop athletes of all levels, from beginning players to those who want to play Division I, II, or III. Maret celebrates and encourages all students to be multisport athletes, which helps them learn different sports strategies and reduces receptive overuse injuries. At a school with about 320 upper school students, this approach is vital to the success of our sizable athletic program.

How We Teach

Maret is one of the only independent schools in the Washington, DC area that requires every student, every year, to participate in some form of athletic education. We are committed to helping each student find the confidence, passion, and skill to make physical activity a lifelong commitment.

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Curriculum Snapshot

Lower School physical education classes are held four times a week.

Middle School Fifth and sixth graders focus on team skills and individual sports strategies. By seventh and eighth grades, students of all abilities use and expand upon these skills through interscholastic soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, and lacrosse.

Upper School Team sports continue to be central to Maret’s education through high school, when students choose from interscholastic team sports; individual concentrations such as martial arts, dance, and weight training; a general PE class; or independent study.

League Championships Since 2011

GIRLS

  • 3 ISL Championships
  • 31 All-ISL Honorees

BOYS

  • 11 MAC Championships
  • 60 All-MAC Honorees

Athletics News

Lower School

Program Overview

Physical Education encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, physical fitness, motor skills, social skills, and positive attitudes that foster and empower students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. In elementary Physical Education, students take part in developmentally appropriate and sequentially-based activities and experiences as an essential part of the total educational process, and which contributes to the growth and development of the individual child.

Middle School

5th Grade Physical Education

Fifth graders are introduced to major and minor games in physical education. Students develop fundamental skills through participation in lead-up activities, and they work on social skills through their participation in large-group activities. Each student is encouraged to maintain a positive attitude toward health and fitness. The co-ed class meets four days a week.

6th Grade Physical Education

In a co-ed physical education class which meets four times a week, sixth graders continue to learn and participate in a variety of games, focusing on skill-building and teamwork.

7th Grade Athletics

The goal of the grade 7–8 interscholastic physical education/athletics program is to develop physical, emotional, and cognitive skills that will enable students to become effective team members.

Participation is emphasized, and all team members are guaranteed playing time. However, due to the size of some of the teams, not every team member will suit up for every game. When there is interest, numbers, and the ability to schedule opponents, two teams will be fielded. The “A” and “B” teams will be divided by skill level. “A” teams will play 8–10 games per season, and “B” teams will play 4–8 games per season. Most teams will use their P.E. uniforms for their team uniforms. Exceptions are teams that require additional equipment or sport-specific uniforms such as football, boys’ lacrosse, wrestling, baseball, and softball. Cuts are made at the middle school level only when physical space is limited. The program is scheduled during the school day; practices end before 3:30 p.m., home games end at approximately 3:45, and most teams will arrive back at Maret by 4:30 p.m. from away games. A noncompetitive activity will be offered if there are enough students who do not want to compete on a team. The physical education class offers a variety of team and individual activities so each student can develop a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive skills. Principles of health and fitness are featured throughout the program to encourage a positive attitude for lifetime participation.

8th Grade Athletics

The goal of the grade 7–8 interscholastic physical education/athletics program is to develop physical, emotional, and cognitive skills that will enable students to become effective team members.

Participation is emphasized, and all team members are guaranteed playing time. However, due to the size of some of the teams, not every team member will suit up for every game. When there is interest, numbers, and the ability to schedule opponents, two teams will be fielded. The “A” and “B” teams will be divided by skill level. “A” teams will play 8–10 games per season, and “B” teams will play 4–8 games per season. Most teams will use their P.E. uniforms for their team uniforms. Exceptions are teams that require additional equipment or sport-specific uniforms such as football, boys’ lacrosse, wrestling, baseball, and softball. Cuts are made at the middle school level only when physical space is limited. The program is scheduled during the school day; practices end before 3:30 p.m., home games end at approximately 3:45 and most teams will arrive back at Maret by 4:30 p.m. from away games. A noncompetitive activity will be offered if there are enough students who do not want to compete on a team. The physical education class offers a variety of team and individual activities so each student can develop a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive skills. Principles of health and fitness are featured throughout the program to encourage a positive attitude for lifetime participation.

Middle School

PHysical Education: Grades 5 & 6Interscholastic program: Grades 7 & 8
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Jump Rope
  • Floor Hockey
  • Football
  • Mini-Tennis
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee

  • Fall Girls
    Volleyball, Soccer, Cross-Country
  • Fall Boys
    Football, Soccer, Cross-Country
  • Winter Girls
    Basketball, Winter Running, Wrestling,
    Weight Training, PE
  • Winter Boys
    Basketball, Winter Running, Wrestling, PE
  • Spring Girls
    Softball, Lacrosse
  • Spring Boys
    Baseball, Lacrosse,

Upper School

Courses and Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: 11 of 12 seasons (no academic credit)

Interscholastic Program

Maret fields a total of 30 athletic teams participating in interscholastic competition: 15 girls’ and 15 boys’ teams. The girls compete in the Independent School League (ISL), and the boys compete in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC). Participation on interscholastic teams is encouraged, and the student is offered a degree of freedom in the selection of his/her preferred sports. However, the student must try out for a team, and subsequent selection is based on ability.

Interscholastic teams are offered in the following sports:

Girls: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming., tennis, track, and volleyball.

Boys: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming., tennis, and track.

Lifetime Activities

Students are introduced to and instructed in activities that they may pursue for fitness, recreation, and relaxation throughout their lives. Such activities include weight training, ultimate Frisbee, and yoga.

Independent Physical Education

The Independent P.E. program at Maret gives the student an opportunity to select an activity in which he/she is interested but which is not offered within the school. The student is required to formulate an alternative P.E. program providing evidence of commitment to the chosen activity and suitable instruction. Some examples of independent P.E. programs are competitive swimming, dance (jazz, ballet, and modern), martial arts, and rock climbing.

The physical education and athletic programs at Maret provide the opportunity for each student to be involved in a variety of group and individual physical activities. The philosophy of the department is centered on student achievement and enjoyment through participation in team and/or individual activities with the emphasis on good sportsmanship and self-discipline. The student has the opportunity to develop his or her level of skill, acquire knowledge of the basic rules and strategies of the sports offered, and gain an understanding of the importance of physical fitness. The school year is divided into three athletic seasons. Each student is required to complete successfully 11 of the 12 seasons that occur from grades 9–12. Those successfully completing 11 seasons are exempted, if desired, from one season of P.E. in the senior year (Senior Option). If a student chooses to play on two Maret teams (team defined by one that practices five days a week and competes against other schools) in a school year, the student is then exempt from one season of P.E. in the same school year. The program is divided into three categories: interscholastic, lifetime activities, and independent P.E.

Upper School Varsity Sports

Fallwinterspring
BOYS
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Cross
    Country
  • Golf

GIRLS
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis

BOYS
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
GIRLS
  • Basketball
  • Swimming

BOYS
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Track
GIRLS
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Track

Upper School PE/Lifetime Activities

Seasonal offerings are the same for both girls and boys.

FALLWINTERSPRING
  • PE
  • Yoga
  • Independent PE
  • Weight Training

  • Flag Football
  • Club Squash
  • Club Ice Hockey
  • Yoga
  • Independent PE
  • Weight Training

  • PE
  • Independent PE
  • Weight Training
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga