PE and Health Courses
All students are required to earn one-half unit of Physical Education in grade 9 and in grade 11.
Students may elect Physical Education courses for additional elective credits.
A maximum of four units of Physical Education may be counted toward the required units of credit for a diploma. Additional units, although not counted for graduation credits, may be earned.
FIRST REQUIRED COURSE
PHYSICAL FITNESS CONCEPTS
This course is the first required course to be taken in the physical education department and fulfills one-half of the physical education requirement. The content of the course involves personal physical fitness, aquatic fitness, and exposure to a variety of fitness/sport activities. Emphasis will be placed on assessing, achieving and maintaining personal health-related physical fitness goals.
SECOND REQUIRED COURSE CHOICES
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2 087120
This course is for students who have not fulfilled the final graduation requirement in physical education or who wish to take the course for an elective credit. The content of this course includes instruction in a variety of lifetime sports, personal physical fitness development, and a limited number of team activities. Emphasis will be placed on the development of knowledge and dispositions that will enhance a commitment to positive lifestyle behaviors relating to health and physical activity.
LIFEGUARD TRAINING 087830
This course will include the latest techniques in water safety, swimming and non-swimming rescues, CPR and First Aid
Training for the professional rescuer. The course content also includes the duties and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard. Participants in this course will be required to be 15 years old upon completion of the course, be able to continuously swim 500 yards using freestyle and breaststroke, and perform a deep-water surface dive. Upon successfully completing all Red Cross requirements students may receive certification in lifeguard training/first aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
WALKING FITNESS 087400
This course incorporates creative walking programs to improve student fitness levels and promote lifetime fitness. Various assessments will be used to develop students’ understanding in regards to the importance of their overall fitness, with an emphasis on cardiovascular fitness. Correct methods of walking, aerobic walking, exercise principles, and health and nutrition concepts will be addressed.
AQUATIC FITNESS/LEARN TO SWIM 087840
This course will promote cardiovascular fitness through participation in water aerobics. Non-swimmers will be provided with a strong foundation to progress towards becoming a competent swimmer through the American Red Cross’ “Learn to Swim” program. Emphasis will be placed on buoyancy and breathing, entries and exits, and personal safety. These topics will be presented in a variety of methods including skill- and game-related activities. Experienced swimmers will also benefit from the course by participating in the higher levels of the Learn to Swim program. This higher-level course will focus on stroke development and cardiovascular fitness.
STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING
This course is offered to tenth through twelfth grade students who have not fulfilled the graduation requirement in physical education or who wish to take the course for elective credit. Students will participate in a daily conditioning program designed to improve strength, cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and flexibility.
These elective courses may not be counted toward the two required courses for graduation:
ELECTIVE CREDIT COURSES
COMPETITIVE SPORTS AND GAMES 087140
This course will include a variety of fitness activities and team sports. Instruction is aimed at developing fitness and sports skills, and an understanding of the rules of the games. Students will also examine coaching and team strategies, and officiating mechanics for each sport.
AQUATIC EXPERIENCES/SCUBA 087820
This course will include small watercraft experiences, advanced pool activities, and scuba diving instruction and certification (a parental waiver and fee is required for PADI Certification). The course is an activity-based class and is only recommended for those who are self-motivated and are strong swimmers. Cardiovascular fitness will be developed throughout the semester through participation in various aquatic activities. Scuba certification and small craft experiences will require the class to participate in field trips.
ADVANCED STRENGTH TRAINING 087220
This is an elective course for highly motivated students who wish to learn and apply practical principles of strength and conditioning to strength training, flexibility development, and cardiovascular conditioning. Students will study and engage in personal programs of conditioning that are designed to achieve specific developmental goals.
ADVENTURE PURSUITS 087300
This course will promote components such as team-building, critical thinking, cooperation and encouragement through such activities as cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, orienteering and outdoor living. Students will be tested on proper equipment usage and safety procedures.