The American University Preparatory School is a proud partner with the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA. The YMCA is an organization dedicated to helping young people develop a healthy lifestyle, which is an important part AUP’s holistic approach to a 21st Century education for its students. The programing for Physical Education courses at AUP allows students to choose their own path towards developing heathy lifestyles and exercise habits.
The YMCA offers a rotating list of 6 week courses including Yoga, Strength Training, Tennis, Swimming, and more. These six week courses comprise the more traditional PE track that students can follow. These courses are offered three times a week, with some sessions in the morning and some in the afternoons. The YMCA is also where many of our AUP sports, such as Basketball and Hip-Hop Dance, meet to practice three times each week. These sports can count for PE credit and students that choose this track participate in the sport for the entire year. For those that are looking for a more individualized Physical Education course, students are allowed to design their own training program under the supervision of their PE instructor.
Regardless of their track, all students identify a fitness goal they hope to achieve at the beginning of the year. Each week they record what physical activities and exercises they completed and reflect on how they are progressing toward their fitness goal. Each student’s Activity Log is monitored by their PE instructor who provides feedback, training tips, health and nutrition advice, and helps shape the program to fit each students specific needs.