Middle School P.E. and Athletics

Keith’s Middle School athletics program focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship and, skill development for lifetime activities. Physical education classes are designed to:

  • Foster teamwork, respect, cooperation, and sportsmanship
  • Promote self-growth including self-discipline, self-acceptance, and self-esteem
  • Build healthy minds and bodies
  • Provide healthy alternatives and solutions to the current trends of inactivity in our society
  • Meet the individual needs of each student by offering a variety of activities

Middle School Team Sports

When it comes to Keith’s Middle School athletic program, participation and enthusiasm are balanced with a high level of competition. We want our students to enjoy the opportunity to compete and participate in sports, which is why we have a no-cut policy. Anyone who wants to play team sports can. On average, 80 percent of our Middle School students participate in at least one sport.

Team sports available for 5th – 8th graders include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

In addition to our team and individual sports programs, we also have a comprehensive physical education curriculum that emphasizes motor development, coordination, and basic fitness in the context of fair play and sportsmanship.

The main goal for our Middle School athletics program is for our athletes to realize their full potential while reinforcing principles of self-esteem building, discipline, fair play, and tradition. Athletic participation is an integral part of education and we believe that participation in sports develops and instills the qualities of sportsmanship, character, and leadership.

Although Keith is well-known for its academics, our athletic programs have grown substantially. Since 1982, our teams have won more than 32 regional, sectional and conference championships. In 2017, our female athlete won the state championship in the long jump. Our girls’ volleyball team won three consecutive Class 1A State Championships (2012, 2013, and 2014), and our soccer team placed fourth at the Class 1A State Finals (2012) and third place in state (2015). Our Scholastic Bowl team, which falls under the umbrella of the IHSA, has won the Regional Championship for the past six years.

Keith School acknowledges the statutes as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable Illinois High School Association policies.