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Physical Activity Requirement

In addition to our interscholastic sports teams, Urban also has a Physical Activity requirement. The program is designed to meet two main objectives. The first is to instill in students both the life-long value and the habits of engaging in a physically active lifestyle. The second is to satisfy California state requirements for physical education in schools. Our requirement can be flexibly met in order to honor the diversity of interests and abilities of our students, and address the constraints of the school's facilities and block schedule.

Each Urban student is required to participate in a physical activity during eight terms throughout his/her four years at Urban. In order to earn a credit for the term, you must participate in a minimum of 20 hrs of physical activity per term (Fall/ Winter/ Spring). There are four types of activities that will meet the requirement:

  • Participation on an Urban athletic team;
  • Physical activity classes sponsored by Urban that meet before school, during an E Period, or after school;
  • Two outdoor trips per term or the Cal Studies class;
  • Alternate outside activity, supervised by an adult and approved and monitored by the  Director of Athletics, which occurs outside the curriculum offered by Urban. Students who choose this option will be required to complete the outside activity form.

Examples of physical activity classes offered at Urban (Click here to view Winter Term offerings)

  • Yoga
  • Fencing
  • Dancing
  • Taiko Drumming
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Weight Training 


Director of Athletics
Joe Skiffer
Athletic Office: 415 593 9530
Athletic Fax: 415 593 9532

Assistant Director of Athletics
Kali Heys
Athletic Office: 415 593 9531
Athletic Fax: 415 593 9532


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