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Athletics, Music, Performing & Visual Arts

Physical Education | Athletics

Physical Education (PE) at Pine Street School is an integral part of our curriculum. In addition to health and fitness, we attach equal importance to developing skills, learning to work in teams, developing personal growth, critical thinking and problem solving. The IB promotes balanced individual development. All students have guided instruction in a balanced program of yoga, gymnastics, ball skills, and fitness activities. Elementary School students participate in offsite Athletics including swimming and team sports every other Friday at the New York Health and Racquet Club.

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Visual & Performing Arts

The Arts are identified as dance, drama, music and visual arts. These enrich our lives and are critical to an understanding of global cultures and the common themes that unite societies. We recognize that arts are a medium of inquiry and provide opportunities for learning, communication and expression. Learning about and through arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and social interactions.

Every week, both the Preschool and Elementary classes have assemblies, where the students share their learning and perform. Parents are welcome to join and participate in assemblies.


Music is a part of everyday life. It is a form of non-verbal communication that allows us to convey our ideas, feelings and emotions. Music contributes to personal, social and physical development. Our music classroom provides an environment that stimulates and challenges students. It is well resourced with an extensive range of musical instruments. Students have the opportunity to explore instruments from a variety of countries and cultures. The use of technology influences and enhances student learning giving them the opportunity to create, compose and record their work.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts are a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Visual Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives through a variety of media and technologies.


Drama is organized into six strands: creative exploration and expression, technical incorporation, performance, personal and social development, reflection, evaluation and appreciation and drama in society. Each of the strands is addressed separately, although in practice they are interactive and interrelated elements.

Twice a year, the Elementary School participates in writing, choreographing and creating lyrics for their musical theater productions.


Dance is an integral part of many cultures. Dance plays an important role in society as it brings people and communities together. As an art form, dance explores how we express ourselves through movement. To understand and respond to dance, students need to understand how dance is used in cultural, ritual and social contexts. Students need opportunities to view a wide variety of dance from various sources, such as live performance, peer choreography, guest dance artists, and recordings. Dance as an art form has evolved considerably over the past century. Exploring dance in a historical and cultural context, and in a variety of genres, enriches the student’s experience in creating and responding to dance.

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Athletics, Multimedia, and Performing Arts Educators