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Athletics at Horace Mann are a natural outgrowth of the Physical Education program. While the School has been fortunate to enjoy successes for both teams and individuals, the intended purpose of the program is to teach and endorse long-term physical and mental health. Students learn to collaborate, compete, set goals, and abide by the rules of fair play. Preparation for team sports begins in the upper elementary years, where physical education classes include units with a variety of specific sport-based skills. Team sport competition is introduced at the Middle Division during seventh grade.
In 1965, Horace Mann established the John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Washington, Connecticut with a gift of 83 acres. The Laboratory now encompasses 320 acres of fields, streams, and ponds in which students can explore nature and engage in outdoor pursuits. Dorr’s resident faculty instructs students in environmental science, conservation, and outdoor living. Student visits begin in the second grade, with overnight programs beginning in the third grade.
The Horace Mann School is an energetic and vibrant environment that encourages intellectualism, mutual respect, mature behavior, an active and healthy lifestyle, commitment to the community, both internal and external, and a secure setting.
The CCVA’s mission is “connecting education, ethics and action.” The CCVA accomplishes this mission by coordinating the Horace Mann All-School Service-Learning Day, a collaborative effort which has involved Horace Mann, the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Van Cortlandt Park, Marble Hill Community Center and the Yale Day of Service. Students, parents, faculty members, and residents of the Kingsbridge Heights community work together in a variety of projects at all three locations.