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Physical Education/Health


Physical education classes emphasize life-long fitness, and students are exposed to a variety of activities in order to find something physical that they enjoy. The program is commonly updated to respond to trends in health and fitness.

Students benefit from the use of community resources, including guest dance instructors and the American Red Cross CPR/First Aid courses. In addition, students participate in a golf unit taught by a golf pro held at a local golf course.


Physical Education I
Through instructional units in volleyball, basketball, softball and an additional sport, students develop sufficient competency to enjoy participation in team sports. Through team sport participation, students learn to initiate responsible behavior, function independently and positively influence the behavior of others in physical activity.

Physical Education II
Physical Education II emphasizes the development and maintenance of a physically healthy lifestyle. Units in fitness, badminton, martial arts, golf and dance provide opportunities for challenge, self-expression, social interaction and enjoyment. Students apply principles of health-related fitness to a personal fitness plan (including cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition). In addition, students will complete a course in First Aid and CPR. Those who satisfy the requirements will receive American Red Cross certification in CPR and First Aid.

Discussion of current health information and issues promotes the development of healthy lifestyles. Students study topics such as nutrition, human sexuality, tobacco and drug and alcohol abuse. Emphasis throughout the course is on personal decision-making and total wellness.



  • Physical Education 1
  • Physical Education 2
  • Health


Graduation requirement: PE 1 and Health during the 9th grade year and a semester of PE 2 during 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. All courses are semester courses.