Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education program provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and habits that assure lifelong wellness, including fitness and both mental and physical well being. Through a variety of course options, students learn how a healthy lifestyle assures an enriched quality of life.

Health I

7320 (HEALTH I)
½ Credit
Grade: 9

Students in grade nine integrate a variety of concepts, skills and behaviors to plan their personal health goals. These include prevention of disease and chemical addiction for promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Students demonstrate confidence in their knowledge and skills. They see themselves as having a role in creating a healthy lifestyle for themselves as individuals, for their families and for the larger community. Students engage in promoting health in their community. 

Physical Education I

7310 (PHYS ED I)
½ Credit
Grade: 9

The objectives of this required course for all students include identifying the five components of physical fitness, recognizing skills/activities that will enhance each component, and analyzing former and current physical fitness results. Participation in a variety of sports/movement activities will assist the student in attaining his/her individual fitness goals. 

Physical Education I Strength Concentration

73105 (PE I STR)
½ Credit
Grade: 9

The objectives of this course, which may be taken in place of Physical Education I, include the Standards of Learning for Physical Education I. Students identify the five components of fitness, recognizing skills/activities that enhance each component, and analyzing former and current physical fitness results. Students develop a personal fitness plan and participate in a variety of activities designed to enhance strength, power, agility, speed and rhythmic movements. This course is designed for those students who desire a more intense physical experience. This course differs from the PE I course in that it concentrates more intensely on strength and power development. Team activities are included as specified in the Standards of Learning. Additional coursework will be accomplished through individual activities. 

Health II

7420 (HEALTH II)
½ Credit
Grades: 10–12
Prerequisite: Health I 

Students receive instruction in achieving and maintaining health and wellness for a lifetime. The course consists of basic first aid, communicable/non-communicable diseases, and consumer health. 

Physical Education II

7410 (PHYS ED II)
½ Credit
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: Physical Education I 

The objectives of this required course for all students are identifying and explaining the five components of physical fitness, assessing personal fitness, and developing and implementing a plan for maintaining and improving personal fitness. After students have completed this course, they will have the knowledge and skills to develop a fitness plan for the changing stages of their lives. 

Physical Education II Strength Concentration

74105 (PE II STR)
½ Credit
Grade: 10
Recommended: Physical Education I

The objectives of this course, which may be taken in place of Physical Education II, include the Standards of Learning for Physical Education II. Students identify the five components of fitness, recognizing skills/activities that enhance each component, and analyzing former and current physical fitness results. Students develop a personal fitness plan and participate in a variety of activities designed to enhance strength, power, agility, speed and rhythmic movements. This course is designed for those students who desire a more intense physical experience. This course differs from the PE II course in that it concentrates more intensely on strength and power development. Team activities are included as specified in the Standards of Learning. Additional coursework will be accomplished through individual activities. 

Health II and Driver Education

7425 (HTH IIDR ED)
½ Credit
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Health I

The course consists of basic first aid and drivers education. Students receive instruction in all phases of driving including five days emphasizing issues related to alcohol and other drugs. Students may acquire a Virginia Learner’s Permit at age 15 years and six months. It is recommended that the age of the student be kept in mind when selecting this class. Students who wish to take Behind-the-Wheel training from a private company should get a DEC-1 form from their teachers when completing Driver Education. 

Driver Education

7015 (DR ED)
½ Credit
Grades: 9–12

Students receive instruction in all phases of driving including five days emphasizing issues related to alcohol and other drugs. Students may acquire a Virginia Learner’s Permit at age 15 years and six months. It is recommended that the age of the student be kept in mind when selecting this class. Students who wish to take Behind-the-Wheel training from a private company should get a DEC-1 form from their teachers when completing Driver Education. 

Competitive Team Sports

75104 (COMP TEAM SP)
½ Credit
Grades: 10–12
Prerequisite: Physical Education I 

Students receive an intensive competitive experience in team sports such as basketball, volleyball, speedball, soccer, flag football, angleball/wallyball, team handball and softball. For th grade students, this course is in addition to required physical education, not a substitute for it. Sufficient enrollment will be required for this course to be offered. 

Outdoor Education

75102 (OUTDOOR EDUC)
½ Credit
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Physical Education I, Physical Education II 

Students explore lifetime experiences in the great outdoors and may include an optional weekend camping trip for those who have mastered the skills and shown the responsibility and maturity to participate. Activities include camping, hiking, angling, casting, boating/canoeing, orienteering, lashing/knots, identifying wild plants and animals, responding to emergency situations, using survival skills and practicing other skills required to enjoy the great outdoors. A class fee is required. 

Lifetime Sports

75100 (LIFETIME SP)
½ Credit
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Physical Education I, Physical Education II 

Students engage in a wide variety of chosen individual and dual sports as well as recreational games with an emphasis on wellness. Some of the following sports are offered: golf, tennis, bowling, aerobics, dance, frisbee golf, shuffleboard, bocci and horseshoes and swimming. A class fee is required. 

Techniques of Strength Training Elective

75101 (STRENG TR-EL)
½ Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Physical Education I, Physical Education II (May be taken concurrently with PE II)

Students are instructed in all components of fitness. The course emphasis is strength training, utilizing a core program designed to enhance strength levels of all major muscle groups and an auxiliary program tailored to meet individual needs. This course is recommended for students with a sincere commitment to fitness and well being. This course may not be substituted for PE I or PE II. Students will be limited to a maximum of two credits for this course. 

Organization of Competitive Team Sports

75105 (ORG COM TM S)
½ Credit
Grades: 10–12
Prerequisite: Physical Education I 

Emphasis will be placed on the techniques of officiating various sports as well as principles and philosophy of coaching as a leadership role. Students study various strategies and tactics required for team play. Students learn how to organize and implement various types of tournaments. This course may not be substituted for PE I or PE II. Sufficient enrollment will be required for this course to be offered. 

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

7660S (CARE/PRV INJ)
½ Credit
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Health I, Health II

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of athletic training and sports medicine. The course content presents the scientific and clinical foundations of athletic training and sports medicine. This knowledge will be an asset to any student considering a career in any of the allied health professions such as athletic training, physical therapy, nursing, medical doctor, or physician assistant. Students will learn to recognize emergency situations, athletic injury prevention, and functional anatomy through classroom instructional and practical experience. This course is classroom only and does not place students into a clinical training experience. A class fee is required.