Health and Physical Education

Fostering a lifetime of wellness.

Students learn and practice health enhancing behaviors, maintain a level of personal fitness, and develop skills through a variety of activities in Health and PE classes at Penn Charter. These goals aid in promoting our student’s own physical and emotional well-being, while helping to foster a lifetime of wellness.

“Our physical education class gave students a break from the classroom to do fun activities with our peers.” Kyle Jones, Class of 2019

Key Components

  • The pre-K through 12th grade physical education curriculum offers developmentally targeted skills and activities.
  • Students are introduced to a wide range of courses, including movement education and games, water safety and aquatics education, outdoor education, fitness education, recreational activities, yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness education.
  • Our classroom atmosphere encourages self-discipline, respect for all, and collaboration with others.
  • Our health education program includes safety prevention, disease awareness, substance abuse education, decision making to reduce health risks, and education on peer pressure and decision making.

Curricular Highlights

Foundations of Fitness. In this year-long course, ninth grade students learn to perform functional movements in a variety of domains, with the aim of developing the 10 general physical skills necessary in daily life and higher level competition.

Outdoor Education. In this PE elective, students are exposed to a variety of outdoor activities including fly fishing, bird watching and orienteering.

Scuba Diving. Having passed their swim test, students can choose learn to scuba dive in the Penn Charter pool.

“Physical Education gives our students the foundation to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle as they mature and grow. Our curriculum shows students what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and how to maintain that throughout their lives.”  Rick Mellor, former Health and PE teacher

Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirement in Health & Physical Education will be met when students successfully complete the requirements in the following manner:

  1. Foundations of Fitness: three-quarter course required in 9th grade.
  2. Fundamentals of Wellness & Physical Education: one-semester course required in 10th grade.
  3. 600-Level Elective: one-quarter course required each year in 11th and 12th grades.

Aquatics Requirement:

As part of the graduation requirement, students must successfully complete minimum proficiency standards in aquatics. If a Penn Charter student does not meet proficiency standards in aquatics, he or she will be enrolled in Aquatics for one quarter in 10th grade.

Course List

All Year

One Semester

One Quarter

Courses Not Offered in 2020-21