Bullis states that all students, regardless of their skill level, should have the opportunity to participate in athletics. Bullis defines athletics as team sports or activities (i.e., dance and cheer) and suggests that participating in team sports ensures that every Bullis high school student develops skills and an appreciation for athletics.
At this time, Bullis doesn’t offer individual physical non-competitive activities for credit. Bullis notes that their small size doesn’t allow unlimited activity options for students. A certain number of students are needed for any Bullis offered activity to become a reality and Bullis prefers to put its resources in team-based activities to promote teamwork as well as individual fitness.
Non-team sport and physical activities also develops Bullis student’s physical fitness in addition to team sports. Physical activity for high school students has benefits that are important to all areas of school life. The Centers for Disease Control reports that physical activity in adolescence improves their strength and endurance, reduces anxiety and stress, and increases self-esteem. By offering a wider range of physical fitness options, more Bullis students may participate in fitness oriented activities and benefit from those activities. Non-competitive physical fitness, yoga, and other programs focus on individual fitness and are a great benefit to the student developing a healthy body, and a healthy mind as well as stress release. Stress is a big problem for high school students and by offering credit classes in yoga, Bullis could help students manage their stress as well as improve their physical fitness.
Although Bullis has a smaller student body that does not allow for unlimited activity options, Bullis is one of the only private schools in the immediate area that does not offer individual fitness or yoga classes as an activity offering. Schools such as St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the Potomac School, and the McLean School all offer individual physical fitness, yoga, and/or outdoor physical education as athletic options for credit for their high school students.
Bullis should be encouraged to extend its physical activity options to include non-team, non–competitive options. By offering more options, it is likely that additional students will participate in physical activities and garner the benefits of physical activity including better health and less stress.