At the Child School/Legacy High School we believe that PE consists of four main areas:
- Specific skill building
- Sportsmanship /Teamwork
- Adaptive physical education
Our physical education department follows New York State requirements.
Specific Skill Building
Working on specific gross motor skills plays a huge part in a child's attitude regarding staying active. Acquisition of a skill can lead to success in many different PE activities. Being successful in physical activities leads to the greater chance that a youngster will continue to be active throughout their life. Hence, working on specific skills during physical education has much value for the future health and success of each of our students.
Physical education offers a great opportunity for socialization. During this period, children are called upon to interact with peers and teachers in a manner far different from the structure of the classroom. Physical education class elicits a wide range of emotions. Our physical education staff is constantly called upon to teach children how to express and control their emotions and to negotiate and work together all of which enhance a child's emotional intelligence and better prepares him for life.
It is a key component of a school to have a good physical education program. It encompasses a wide range of acceptable behaviors. A student must understand that the final outcome is not always as important as the difficult journey to get to that final outcome. That winning is not always as important as the great accomplishments made along the way. A student must learn how to accept losing and be a good winner. In order for a student to develop good sportsmanship it must be emphasized at all grade levels. The same sportsmanship values necessary for a good physical education/athletic program are the same values that are necessary for success in the “real world." Although it seems like sportsmanship in sports have seem to have taken a back seat to competition, sportsmanship is still a very important factor here at T.C.S./Legacy.
Adaptive Physical Education
Whenever possible we run our PE programs as close to a mainstream PE program as we can. We always take into consideration students' individual needs such as sensory motor, fine motor, special awareness, etc. We have added programs to fulfill those needs and always work closely with occupational therapists and counselors to ensure that all students get the most from the PE program.
At the Child School/ Legacy High School we believe that physical fitness, healthy living and sportsmanship are essential parts of the education process that leads to success in the adult world.
Teams and Schedules
After-school participation is encouraged through our Co-Curricular Sports Program, providing team sports in soccer, basketball, softball and track. Our teams travel and compete inter scholastically throughout the Greater New York Metropolitan area.
With five spacious parks, six historic landmarks dating from 1796 and incredible views of Manhattan's skyscrapers, Roosevelt Island is an ideal place for outdoor sports. Soccer season runs from September to the first week in November. Students in Elementary, Middle & High School comprise the co-ed Soccer Teams. Games are played in one of the many parks found in and around scenic Roosevelt Island.
From Thanksgiving to the end of February, basketball keeps our students warm indoors. The Elementary team plays competitively against other area schools in co-ed teams. The Middle School team competes in a competitive interscholastic league. Ninth and tenth grade Legacy High School boys can compete on our Junior Varsity Team, while eleventh and twelfth graders compete on our Varsity Team. For the Girls in our Middle and High Schools, we have our Lady Tigers.
When the weather turns warm around late March or early April, The Child School and Legacy High School students are given the opportunity to compete in Softball. Legacy High School, Middle School and Child School students compete with other area schools on our co-ed Softball Team.
Co-ed Track is offered to students from fifth to the twelfth grades. We practice by running around the many paths around Roosevelt Island. We compete in a variety of level specific meets which include running events, long jump and shot put.
The White Tiger is the perfect mascot for The Child School / Legacy High School. It is known for being unique and majestic. In addition, the white tiger originates in India, the country of origin of our school principal and founder.