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Physical Education Course Offerings


A-G: PE courses to not qualify for A-G credit.

Physical Education 1  (9) 

Physical Education 2  (10)

Prerequisites: PE 1 must be completed before PE 2

Each student will be introduced to a variety of group activities/ team sports and individual activities/sports to enhance: 1) their movement skills and movement knowledge, 2) their self-image and personal development, and 3) their social development and their understanding of the interrelationship among culture, games, sports, play, and dance. The students will explore and demonstrate understanding of the five areas of health related physical fitness: flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory (aerobic) fitness, and body composition. At the beginning of the school year all students undergo a series of physical fitness tests and a swimming proficiency test, along with basic instruction in aerobic fitness and lifetime exercise.

A. Aerobic Fitness two to three days a week:

Each day’s goal is 30 minutes of non-stop aerobic activity achieving a working pulse within the “healthy zone.” Lifetime nutrition, fitness, and prevention of cardiovascular disease are themes. Students are required to pass both the aerobic and activity portions of the program in order to receive a passing grade for physical education. Ample opportunity for student make-ups is given. These are arranged between the student and the teacher.

B. Activities two to three days a week:

Activities change with each unit, reflecting the recommendations of the state physical education framework. Activities are co-ed with heterogeneous skill levels in each class. 

  • Physical Ed 2 team sports include but are not limited to: soccer, various field sports, softball, speedaway, team handball, volleyball, flag football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, hockey and dance.
  • Physical Ed 1 activities include but are not limited to: rock climbing, weight training, aquatics, self-defense, badminton, track & field, gymnastics, floor hockey, tennis, wrestling, and golf.

C. Other types of activities:

Students will also have opportunities to participate in “Project Adventure” type activities. These activities include ice breakers, team building activities, and individual activities. CPR and first aid units will be offered, allowing students to earn a “certification”.

Physical Education Exemption/Waiver for sophomore student athletes. To be eligible for this waiver, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have completed 9th grade PE 1. 
  • Must have satisfactorily passed the 9th grade California Physical Fitness Test (waived currently due to COVID-19)
  • Must compete in two seasons of a sport (any sport—fall/winter/spring) during their sophomore and/or junior year. (We recognize there is uncertainty around fall and winter sports related to COVID-19, however, we are proceeding under the assumption that sports will resume, and we are prepared to make accommodations if this is not the case). 

 In order to pursue a waiver of the PE requirement for your current freshman/rising sophomore, contact your student's counselor during the course selection period in spring of freshman year. 

PE Weight and Fitness Training  (10-12)

Prerequisites: PE 1 must be completed prior to PE Weight and Fitness Training 

This course meets the graduation requirement for the second year of Physical Education. It is designed for serious students who wish to develop a year round training program for his/her sport or fitness activity. Cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility will be enhanced through a rigorous program. Students will be exposed to various types of fitness routines and approaches. Students will track their progress and expand their knowledge of basic muscle groups.

Yoga (10-12)

This class will explore various forms of Hatha Yoga, the branch of yoga that works primarily with the body through postures or asanas. Introduction to meditation, breathing techniques or pranayama will be emphasized along with spinal alignment. In addition, increase muscle strength and flexibility; understanding of basic anatomy and nutritional perspectives. Each class will end with a short meditation and relaxation segment.  

Health Education  (9)

This is a one semester course required for graduation, which is complimented by World Cultures. This course covers prevention of alcohol and other drug use, nutrition and healthy eating, family life education, mental and emotional health, environmental health, injury prevention and safety, personal health and fitness, disease prevention and control, community health, consumer health and selecting health options


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