Athletics at Kimberton Waldorf School
Kimberton Waldorf School has a widely recognized and well-developed sports program. League sports begin in sixth grade and continue through twelfth grade. In the middle school, the emphasis is on teaching the basic skills of each sport and giving each student a chance to participate. Skill development continues into the high school years as students gain a deeper understanding of the strategy of play on both defense and offense. Underlying our entire program is a strong emphasis on teamwork, good sportsmanship, respect for officials, and respect for each other. The program is voluntary at Kimberton in the Middle School. Participation in one sport per year is mandatory in the High School for P.E. credit.
Lower School Curriculum Information
Lower School Games Curriculum
Physical education at a Waldorf school is unique in that it is not solely focused on sports or competition, but rather on developing the whole child. The program integrates movement, games, and sports with artistic and social elements, allowing students to engage in physical activity while also developing their creativity, imagination, and social skills. Additionally, Waldorf physical education emphasizes the importance of free play and unstructured movement, allowing children to explore and develop their physical abilities in a natural and self-directed way. This approach promotes a lifelong love of physical activity and fosters a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection. Furthermore, the emphasis on rhythm and movement in Waldorf education can also support the development of academic skills such as reading, writing, and math.
Middle School Games & Athletics
In the Middle School, our Bantam Sports Program offers soccer, cross country, and girls’ tennis in the fall. In the winter, we offer basketball. In the spring we offer lacrosse, track, boys’ tennis, Flag Football and for grades 7th and up we offer golf. Teams practice three times a week, and compete in a league of independent schools. We participate in a middle school basketball tournament each January held at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York.
High School Athletics
The High School Varsity Sports Program offers soccer, cross country, girls’ volleyball, co-ed flag football and girls’ tennis in the fall. In the winter, we offer boys’ and girls’ basketball. Students on our varsity basketball teams participate in an annual Waldorf School basketball tournament hosted at Kimberton and attended by many other Waldorf schools from as far away as Toronto. In the spring, we offer girls’ lacrosse, track and field, boys’ tennis and golf. Teams practice four times a week and compete in the Penn Jersey Athletic Association (PJAA) which is made up of 27 schools From the Main Line, Philadelphia and New Jersey.