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.

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.

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 School exemption students are required to attend fitness testing and group game days each trimester. Upper School exemption students are expected to attend all required Life Skills seminars 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. 

Fall - Orientation and the first day of athletics (September 4); MS Fall Athletics Awards (November 3)

Winter - MS Fitness Assessment Days (November 2 & 4); First day of athletics (November 6); MS Winter Athletics Awards (February 22)

Spring - MS Fitness Assessment Days (February 25 & 26); First day of athletics (February 26); MS Spring Athletics Awards (May 17)

End of Year - Group Game Days (May 18 & 19)

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 10, 2020
Winter: November 19, 2020
Spring: March 3, 2021

Notification Dates
Fall: September 21, 2020
Winter: December 4, 2020
Spring: March 12, 2021

Report Due Dates
Fall: November 20, 2020
Winter: March 5, 2021
Spring: May 14, 2021


List of 5 frequently asked questions.

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