“Seeking Healthy Students and Lifelong Fitness”
A larger and better-equipped Fitness Center at the High School is essential to the implementation of a successful physical education curriculum that students will find engaging and meaningful. An improved and more inclusive space is also necessary to meet the needs of athletes and teams, and to provide gender equity consistent with Title IX. The Fitness Center opened in October 2017, with its construction funded by the Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation, and additional support from the District as well as a generous gift for equipment from the Madoff Family of Scarsdale.
A Resource for All
The Fitness Center is designed to be a resource for the entire student body. Scarsdale’s K-12 physical education curriculum has been redesigned in response to a new set of learning objectives defined by the National Association for Sports and Physical Education. The goal of the new curriculum is to develop physical skills, positive attitudes toward fitness, and an appreciation for the value of collaboration and perseverance. Consistent with current research and practice, the curriculum now includes a focus on lifelong fitness, sports and activities.
Training and Conditioning for Athletes
A modern training facility is also essential for our current athletic program. Increasingly, interscholastic athletics requires participants to be involved in strength training, conditioning, and health education. Effective training is essential to minimize injuries, facilitate rehabilitation and protect the safety and long-term health of participants. In Scarsdale, a larger, more open, and more accessible fitness center is especially important in our efforts to meet the needs of female athletes, who are not comfortable using the existing, outdated and unwelcoming weight room.
The New Fitness Center
The new Fitness Center — under the “new” gymnasium at the south end of the high school — is in close proximity to the athletic fields, gymnasiums and locker rooms. The 6,200 square foot facility includes two designated areas for strength- and cardio-training, and a separate area for stretching, floor exercises and group instruction. The planned Center serves physical education classes, athletic teams and individual students. and enable use by two physical education classes at a time. The facility also accommodates before and after school programs, and off-season use. As a result, we have a more modern and inclusive Fitness Center, in a better location and with vastly improved space and equipment to serve the entire student body of the school.