University School of Milwaukee’s philosophy of starting earlier to encourage a healthy lifestyle is only fitting when you consider that, in 1891, the German-English Academy (a USM predecessor school) was the first in the country to provide a gymnasium for its students. The Academy aimed to educate the whole child –not only the mind but also the body.
Today, as a perfect example of "the more things change, the more they stay the same," physical education remains an integral component of a USM education – even while many schools are cutting back in this important area.
The emphasis in the Upper School program moves toward fundamentals of health science and personal fitness. Sophomores are required to take Health Science, and additional health-related courses are offered as electives in all Upper School grade levels. The skills taught in these courses complement what is expected of our athletes, with over 80% of our Upper School students participating in team or individual sports.
All Upper School students have access to the fitness center, where they develop fitness and weight training skills taught by certified professionals. Students interested in a particular sport now spend more time fine-tuning skills needed to meet upcoming challenges with confidence.