Healthy, active bodies foster healthy, active minds. 
Through sportsmanship, teamwork, and a constant challenge of putting one's best self foward, our athletes embody our core values. 

Physical education begins in Junior Kindergarten with a focus on movement and fitness education in the lower school. In middle school, the program highlights further skill development in 5th-8th grades with many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular sports teams. Nearly 90% of all middle school students participate in at least one interscholastic sport. Sports offered include basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, and cross country.

On every team at Hillbrook, participation, skill development, and teamwork are important, as are attitude and commitment on the part of players and coaches.

Skilled coaches and enthuastic athletes work together with a shared commitment to the sport, developing skills, and promoting gracious conduct and sportsmanship. Students explore the excitement and challenges of both victory and defeat in a cooperative, supportive team environment that prepares our athletes for a world of competitive sports in high school, college, and beyond.

Balancing Participation and Competition

Our philosophy for preparing students for competition includes skill development, teamwork, participation, good sportsmanship, and pride in personal and team accomplishments. Each student who desires to participate is provided an opportunity to play on a team and gain valuable experience in a competitive athletic environment.

Grade Levels

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  • JK and Kindergarten

    Our focus is on basic locomotor movement and non-locomotor skills.  This is done in classes which involve gymnastics, swimming, games and locomotor equipment. Students learn to master basic object control skills, as well as gain control in balance and coordination. An emphasis on good sportsmanship, fairness, and cooperation helps students to develop physically, socially, and cognitively in a safe, nurturing environment. Students meet for physical education twice a week.
  • 1st and 2nd Grades

    Children explore movement concepts, rules, and principles of sports activities as they continue to develop basic locomotor and non-locomotor movement, balance and coordination, spatial awareness, and the importance of practice in learning new skills.

    Good sportsmanship and an emphasis on fairness and cooperation help students  develop body, mind, and social skills.

    Children enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, tumbling and balance beam, manipulatives, and coordination activities like jump rope and obstacle course, as well as games of low organization such as frisbee, bat & ball, soccer, hockey, koosh & paddle, and scoops. Each week features a fitness day that stresses flexibility, strength, and endurance. At this level, children meet four times a week for physical education.
  • 3rd and 4th Grades

    We offer activities that develop and maintain cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility. Students are expected to work cooperatively in a group, building awareness of social appropriateness and conflict resolution in physical activities.

    Children learn the principles of practice and conditioning in order to improve performance. Students engage in a variety of activities that stress coordination and movement: tumbling, balance beam, jump rope, and swimming. We introduce the skills and rules of volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, football, and hockey. Students meet four times a week for physical education.
  • 5th and 6th Grades

    Each season, children are challenged with a variety of sport skills and team sports. Volleyball and football are taught in the fall, winter brings basketball, and softball and swimming kick off in the spring. Children use sport-specific skills for individual, dual, and team sports. We emphasize the principles of practice and conditioning.  

    Children meet four times a week for physical education. Weekly, students participate in a fitness day that promotes strength, flexibility, agility, and endurance.

    Beginning in 5th grade, students are encouraged to participate in after-school interscholastic teams, where the vast majority of students participate.
  • 7th and 8th Grades

    Students play individual, dual, and team sports, learning basic offensive and defensive strategies. With an understanding of the long-term physical and psychological benefits of regular physical activity, students learn the principles of training to assess and improve physical fitness. As in the 5th and 6th grades, students are immersed in team sports. Volleyball and football are played in the fall, winter brings basketball, and softball and swimming are introduced in the spring.

    Students meet five times a week for physical education, including a weekly fitness day that promotes strength, flexibility, agility, and endurance.

    We encourage children to join an after school team to engage in league play. In 7th and 8th grades, the majority of all students participate in interscholastic sports teams.
An independent Junior Kindergarten -8th grade school in Los Gatos since 1935

300 Marchmont Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
 
 
(408) 356-6116 | info@hillbrook.org

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