Lower School PE centers on varied movement exercises and physical activities. Students learn to play and compete ethically, cooperate effectively, and discover what it is to be fit. They also learn how to develop a healthy self-image and strive to be the best they can be. Upper School PE encourages students to make fitness and health a lifelong pursuit. They learn goal setting, teamwork, and responsibility. As students come to the school with differing levels of natural athletic ability, success is based on consistent, regular participation, giving one's best effort, good behavior, and sportsmanship.
Running is at the core of Mark Day School's program in 4th through 8th grades: All students who are able run a daily mile, seeing their time improve over the course of the year. Other activities include soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, softball, flag football, lacrosse, field hockey, gymnastics, dance, and orienteering. We also encourage students to participate in intramural sports.