At Duke School, athletics contribute to many facets of adolescents' growth and development. Our interscholastic sports are available to rising sixth through eighth grade students. All students are required to have a physical form completed by a physician and returned to the Athletic Director prior to participation in practice or games. This program is very strong and has grown into an integral part of the Duke School experience for many students.
It is our expectation that each participant will grow and develop physically, intellectually, personally and socially from the experience of playing on an athletic team.
Physical growth and development is achieved by attaining improved sport skills and by increasing one's conditioning, coordination, endurance and general level of health and fitness. Intellectual growth comes as a result of learning rules, strategies and tactics of the sport.
Students achieve personal growth and development by increasing their self-confidence and self-discipline, learning how to compete fairly and cooperate effectively, understanding good sportsmanship and respect for authority and developing leadership skills.
Social growth comes from developing an understanding of teamwork, the responsibilities and rewards of team membership, meeting new people, developing friendships and having fun.