Health and Physical Education Courses

Health and Wellness

Grade 10 – One Semester – ½ credit

In this required, semester long course, students will learn about and discuss the many challenges they will encounter concerning their relationships, their bodies, and their minds. Topics include: mental health issues (stress management, self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction, depression, suicide prevention); healthy relationships and teen dating violence; sexual health (hygiene, male and female reproductive systems, gender identity and sexual orientation, pregnancy and childbirth, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive methods); parenting responsibilities and child abuse prevention. Students will learn to apply knowledge and skills to their own lives through interactive activities, guest speakers, and open class discussions.

First Aid and CPR

Grades 9-12 – One Semester – ½ credit

This one semester course is designed to parallel the American Red Cross certification programs in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Certification includes Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, Community First Aid, Automatic External Defibrillation (AED), and Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer. Students will be required to meet all time and examination requirements in order to receive official Red Cross certification. Red Cross certification cards will be issued to those students who pass all the requirements and pay a small fee to American Red Cross.

Intro to Nutrition

Grades 11-12 – One Semester – ½ credit

This semester long course is designed to promote lifelong wellness by teaching students how to improve their health through proper nutrition and healthy weight management. Topics covered will include (but are not limited to) basic nutritional concepts, nutrition for teens, nutrition for athletes, healthy weight maintenance, organic and clean eating, and the dangers of dietary supplements, diet fads, energy drinks, etc. This course is open to juniors and seniors.

Critical Health Issues

Grades 11-12 – One Semester – ½ credit

This semester long course provides students with decision-making skills and experiences related to critical health issues on a mature level. This is an excellent course to take to prepare for life after high school. Curriculum is centered around student interest. Topics covered may include (but are not limited to): the impact of social media, school violence, gender and sexuality, teen relationships, HIV/AIDS education, drugs, alcohol and addiction, succeeding in college, and health advocacy. This course is open to juniors and seniors only

Freshman PE

Grade 9 – Full Year – ½ credit

All freshmen will participate in Freshman PE, a 1/2 credit course that meets every other day for a full year. This course provides an introduction to personal fitness, stress management, strength and conditioning training, team sports, net sports, and lifetime/recreational activities. Freshman PE will serve as a prerequisite to the wide range of PE options available to upperclassmen. Students are expected to actively participate and wear appropriate athletic attire to each class.

Personal Fitness/Strength and Conditioning

Grades 10-12 – Full Year – ½ credit

This course is designed to promote lifelong health/wellness by teaching students how to maintain/improve their health through personal fitness as well as strength and conditioning. Students will explore concepts related to the health benefits of exercise, proper exercise techniques, exercise intensity, target heart rate, and creating personalized fitness plans. Strength and conditioning for various sports and fitness related activities will be incorporated to promote improvement in strength, endurance, balance, agility and speed. Students will engage in activities such as weight training, kickboxing, aerobics, hiking and walking/running, exercise machines and conditioning activities. Proper technique, safety precautions and proper application of the Principles of Training will be emphasized. Students are expected to actively participate and wear appropriate athletic attire to each class. This course meets every other day for a year.

Team and Net Sports

Grades 10-12 – Full Year – ½ credit

Team and Net Sports introduces and examines the concepts of strategy and tactics in a multitude of team and net sports. Students will be encouraged to build teamwork while playing some of the following: basketball, soccer, flag football, floor hockey, speedball, Tchoukball, handball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, pickleball, and nitro ball, among others. Students will also be introduced to rule interpretation and officiating. Students are expected to actively participate and wear appropriate athletic attire to each class. This course meets every other day for a year.

Stress Management/Lifetime and Recreational Activities

Grades 10-12 – Full Year – ½ credit

This course examines the ways stress impacts the body as well as what lifetime sports are and why they are popular among adults. Students will learn about the stress response, the importance of stress relief to the body and mind, and healthy methods of relieving stress including yoga, tai chi, meditation, relaxation techniques, connecting to nature, and body awareness/mindfulness. Students will also explore various activities that are often played after high school, including golf, self-defense/kickboxing, archery, orienteering, biking, and lawn sports such as bocce ball, horseshoes, Can Jam, and more. Students are expected to actively participate and wear appropriate athletic attire to each class. This course meets every other day for a year.