About Ruffing : Academics : Specials : Physical Education

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“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes about through his movements . . . Mind and movement are parts of the same entity.”

-Maria Montessori

The emphasis in Ruffing’s physical education program is for every child to develop age-appropriate motor skills and to learn the life-skills of cooperation, team work and good sportsmanship. Beginning with our youngest students in the Toddler Community and Children’s House, students participate in activities designed to develop coordination, balance and locomotive skills. As students’ gross and fine motor skills mature, Ruffing introduces team sports, recreational and fitness activities in an inclusive and fun environment.

The goal of Ruffing’s program is to motivate every student to become active young citizens who participate in daily physical activity.

Students will participate in the following activities during their time at Ruffing:

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Field Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Golf
  • Jumping Rope
  • Leisure Sports
  • Nature walks
  • Net Games
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Organized Games/Activities
  • Parachute games
  • Relay races
  • Rope Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • The President’s Council on Physical Fitness Program
  • Fitness Gram


In the Upper Elementary and Middle School, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of team sports competing against other local independent schools, including Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee. In addition, Ruffing has a Running Club and offers a Cross Country program.

Ruffing Montessori School   |   3380 Fairmount Blvd Cleveland Heights, OH 44118   |   Phone: (216) 321-7571   |   Hours 8am-4pm M-F   |   After Hours Phone (216) 321-0913