Physical Education Exemption Policy

Program Overview
Physical Education is a required course for all Kent Place students. Students in Grades 7-12 in the Middle and Upper School are eligible to apply for Physical Education Exemption on a trimester or yearly basis. Physical education consists of two components: physical activity and physical education. Students receiving exemption are exempt from the physical activity requirements only and will be required to participate in physical education workshops (classroom and project-based) each trimester. 

Automatic Exemptions
In the Upper School, students who compete on a school athletic team or participate in the KPS dance program fulfill the physical activity requirement for the trimester in which their sport or dance program is in session. In addition, students participating in the Health & Wellness program (formerly WLS), fulfill the physical education component.

Fulfilling the Physical Education Requirement

Physical Education exemption is offered to students in grades 7-12. In order to fulfill the physical education requirement, Middle and Upper School exemption students are required to attend lab workshops each trimester. Upper School exemption students are expected to attend all required workshops each trimester. Middle School exemption students will be required to attend Project Adventure-based workshops, group game days and all fitness assessment days during the MS Sports period as scheduled. 


Series One (2018-2019) - Heart Rate Training Zones, Weight Training for Life, Flexibility
Series Two (2019-2020) - Kinetic Chain Assessment (KCA), Injury Prevention 1 and 2
Series Three (2020-2021) - Anatomy Tune-Up, Core Stability/Strength, Mechanics Alignment
Series Four (2021-2022) - Stress Management/Relaxation, Nutrition 1 and 2

Workshops are held in the Field House. All exemption students are required to attend. In the 7th and 8th grades, students must either compete on a school athletic team or participate in physical education each trimester. Middle School exemption students are required to attend Project Adventure workshops, group game days and all fitness assessment days each trimester. Make-up classes will be assigned to students unable to attend the dates below.

Fall - Orientation and the first day of athletics (September 4); MS Fall Athletics Awards (November 4)

Winter - MS Fitness Assessment Days (November 5 & 6); First day of athletics (November 8); MS Winter Athletics Awards (February 24)

Spring - MS Fitness Assessment Days (February 25 & 26); First day of athletics (February 28); MS Spring Athletics Awards (May 18)

End of Year - Group Game Days (May 19 & 20)

Four-Part Exemption Application Process

List of 4 items.

  • Part One - Determining Exemption Eligibility

    Criteria for outside training MUST:
    1. Demonstrate a major commitment (at least two years in the sport) and high-level training for a sport that KPS does not offer or is currently not in season.*
    2. Meet a minimum of 10 hours per week* or have a metabolic equivalent of task (MET) assignment of 7 .0 or higher.**
    3. Meet the standard for the Presidential Fitness Assessment
    4. Must include the following: Fitness and Specific Skill Training***
    *Martial Arts programs and Studio Dance programs do not qualify for exemption.
    **These hours do not include travel time.
    ***Speed, Agility, and Strength Training may be a part of the training program but will not qualify as the only source of activity. Competitions throughout the exemption period are required.

    **Please click here for Compendium of Physical Activities Chart.
  • Part Two - Complete the Exemption Application Form

    1. Students who participate in an outside athletic program may petition for an exemption on a single trimester or yearly basis. 
    2. You must sign into your KPS Google Mail account 
    3. Click this link to fill out the Application Form.
  • Part Three - Final Evaluation Process

    Exemption students must submit a final report and journal describing what she has achieved throughout the trimester. Yearly exemption students are expected to complete the online form and signed journal each trimester.

    Online Report Form 
    The online report should be completed by clicking here

    The journal should be maintained for the season and include self-reflections using the three goals established during the application process. The journal should also include a final reflection of the overall season. This journal must be signed and dated by the instructor and submitted by the due dates below.

    Submission of a signed final evaluation report by the due date and adherence to the sign in process (Middle School only) are required to maintain eligibility for future exemptions.
  • Part Four - Exemption Expectations

    Middle School 
    Students are expected to report to the exemption study hall each day. Sign-in and/or study hall attendance are required to maintain exemption status. Students are required to remain on campus until 3:30 p.m. each day. Exceptions must approved by the Middle School Office.

    Upper School 
    Upper School students are required to remain on campus. Exceptions must approved by the Upper School Office. 

    All Exemption Students 
    If the student wishes to pursue the exemption for more than one trimester, she must complete the full year exemption application and complete the online report form for committee review. The trimester updates should reflect any changes in the training and competitive schedule. 

    Students approved for trimester or yearly exemption are required to notify the Physical Education Department Chair of any changes in training schedule or competitions that occur during an exemption period.

Dates to Remember

Application Due Dates
Fall: September 6, 2019
Winter: November 15, 2019
Spring: March 2, 2020

Notification Dates
Fall: September 13, 2019
Winter: November 22, 2019
Spring: March 6, 2020

Report Due Dates
Fall: November 15, 2019
Winter: March 6, 2020
Spring: May 15, 2020


List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Can sixth grade students apply for P.E. exemption if they meet the requirements?

    Sixth grade students are not eligible to apply for P.E. exemption and do not participate in MS athletic program offered from 2:15-3:15 p.m.
  • Q: Can students submit applications prior to the September due date?

    Applications can be submitted prior to the due date. Early applications will be reviewed and notification sent as soon as the review committee process is completed.
  • Q: How can I confirm that my sport/activity will be accepted for P.E. exemption?

    Determine that the level and time commitment are high and practices meet for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Interested applicants may also use the Compendium of Physical Activities chart also known as the Taylor Code to determine that the metabolic equivalent of task (MET) assignment is 7.0 or higher (Swimming=10.0, Track=10.0, Basketball=8.0, LAX=8.0, Ice Hockey=8.0, Volleyball=8.0) Click here to view a copy of the chart.
  • Q: Why do I need to attend the workshops?

    Physical education is an integral part of the total education process. The goal of Physical Education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. KPS Physical Education adheres to the six national and state standards and guidelines as described by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). The workshops provided are designed to provide KPS students with the opportunity to meet and exceed the minimum established standards.
  • Q: What do the workshops cover?

    During the 2014-2015 school year, Upper School workshops will include sessions on stress management and the development of skills and techniques to promote balance within the body and nervous system. We will also provide classes focused on basic nutrition. Workshops are held on Day 10 of the US schedule and follow a lab format with essential questions as the basis for group research and discussion. In Middle School, students participate in Project Adventure-based workshops designed to promote self-concept, group dynamics and leadership skills.
  • Q: How can I share my sport/activity accomplishments with the KPS community?

    Accomplishments and team status updates are invited and welcomed. Campus Snapshots provides a wonderful vehicle to share accomplishments and activity news with the entire school community. Campus Snapshots information can be sent to Joanna Dugan, Communications Assistant, at on a monthly basis.
  • Q: Athletic teams have uniforms and order team apparel, can exemption students do the same?

    Yes, as long as the established policies are observed. Cost and inclusion parameters can be found in the KPS Student Handbook. All KPS Athletic apparel must be approved by the Director of Athletics.

Contact Information

Additional questions regarding the Exemption Policy and the online submission process should be directed to Michelle Stevenson, Department Chair, Physical Education at or (908) 273-0900, ext. 236.

Physical Education Exemption Review Committee
Julie Gentile, Interim Director of the Upper School
Kooheli Chatterji, Director of the MS
Bobbi Moran, Director of Athletics
Michelle Stevenson, Chair, P.E.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.