Upper School Physical Education Requirements

All students must take part in physical education class, a Lincoln sport, or an Independent Athletic Program to receive physical education credit on their transcript. Students participating on a Lincoln School after school athletic team or the Independent Athletic Program are exempt from physical education classes. At the end of each sports season, if a student is not participating in a sport the following season, she must sign up for physical education. Fall P.E. sign ups are available here.

Physical Education Class Times and Activities

Physical education classes are held after school Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m.–4:30 pm. Students will choose two days a week to attend class for that trimester. The students participate in a Personal Conditioning and Wellness Program in the Fitness Center consisting of resistance training and cardio training taught by certified strength and conditioning specialists from Performance Physical Therapy of RI. Throughout the year a variety of instructors will also offer classes in Zumba, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and recreational games in the adjacent gymnasium. Students who participate in the winter musical will receive P.E. credit for participating in the dance choreography during rehearsal time after school.

If a student has extenuating transportation circumstances which make it impossible for her to stay after school for the required two classes a week for Physical Education, she may be considered for a special exemption from the class. Each student’s situation will be considered on an individual basis. This is designed only for the student who is experiencing unusual transportation difficulties.

After School Exemption Form

P.E. Attire

Participants will be expected to change into appropriate workout clothes such as shorts, t-shirts, spandex, sweatshirts and sweatpants. Lincoln logo attire is not required. Athletic sneakers are essential for most activities.


If a student has been ill or has a medical problem but is in school and wishes to be excused from her physical education class, she must present a note to the P.E. department from a parent, doctor, or the school nurse. If her name is not on the absence list and she does not come to class, it is considered an unexcused absence. Long-term medical excuses should be written by the doctor and submitted to the school nurse at the beginning of the trimester.

Independent Athletic Program

Upper School students who participate in an after school competitive or performance based sport not offered at Lincoln School, may apply to use the Independent Athletic Program, which allows them to waive the physical education class requirement. To take part in this program, a proposal form must be filled out by both a coach/instructor and a parent/guardian and submitted to the Physical Education department head for approval. The student must be in training a minimum of eight hours a week and be supervised by a coach who submits a written end-of-season report. Each proposal is considered on an individual basis. These students are typically dancers, equestrians, figure skaters, and organized club team participants. Students who wish to do a personal fitness workout for an Independent Athletic Program will be encouraged to participate in our new after school opportunities with the Performance Physical Therapy of Rhode Island staff two days a week.

Independent Athletic Program Form