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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.

“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

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.

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

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

Foundations of Fitness

PE100
FOUNDATIONS OF FITNESS
(1 UNIT)   ALL YEAR

This is a required three-quarter course in 9th grade, designed to broaden students’ knowledge of physical fitness and to better their understanding of its impact on their lives. During this course, students will perform functional movements in a wide variety of physical domains. The activities will aim to develop the 10 general physical skills necessary in daily life and higher level competition. (9th grade)

One Semester

Wellness & Physical Education

PE311, PE312
WELLNESS & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
(.66 UNIT)   SEMESTER 1, SEMESTER 2

This is a required one-semester course offered in 10th grade that focuses on health education, CPR/first aid certification and a variety of net game activities. The health component will involve discussion-based and other learning methods that allow students to explore their values and attitudes towards a number of issues relevant to their teenage lives. Content will emphasize areas of substance use and abuse, mental disorders and disease, building healthy relationships, human sexuality and sexually transmitted disease. Students are asked to explore their personal values and offer their opinions through class discussion and writing. The Physical Education component of this 10th grade course will expose students to a variety of net game activities. Students will acquire individual skills and learn the strategies and rules associated with each game. Instruction will emphasize learning opportunities for valuable life skills, such as cooperation, leadership and sportsmanship. The course will accomplish these goals through a variety of games including table tennis, pickle ball, badminton and volleyball. (10th grade)

One Quarter

Recreational Activities

PE641, PE642, PE643, PE644 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
(.33 UNIT)  QUARTER 1,  QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

 

This course offered to 11th and 12th grade students will teach or enhance recreational skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life. Students will be introduced to a variety of recreational games and activities often done for enjoyment, amusement or pleasure. Recreational activities refresh our minds and prepare us to become an active member of society. Course activities will include the fundamental rules and skills needed to participate in recreational activities for a lifetime. Activities may include, but are not limited to: archery, golf, floor hockey, ultimate, gatorball, softball. (11th, 12th grades)

Outdoor Education

PE651, PE652, PE653, PE654
OUTDOOR EDUCATION
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4


This course is offered to 11th and 12th grade students and is designed to be an alternative to the traditional physical education activities such as volleyball, basketball and weight training. It will offer students the opportunity to pursue an interest in orienteering, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, rappelling, camping and backpacking. Course activities will include basic safety skills, individual and group problem solving activities, and an introduction to a variety of outdoor experiences. Due to the nature of this course, activities may occur at alternative outdoor sites. Student interest, teacher availability and time of year will determine the activities. (11th, 12th grades)

Aquatics

PE841

AQUATICS
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1

This course is designed for students who have not met the standards to complete the Penn Charter swimming requirement at the end of 8th grade or for any student new to the Penn Charter community. Students can expect to spend time practicing stroke mechanics and performing conditioning swims. Course offerings also include games and activities such as water polo, water sports, diving, conditioning and recreational swimming. (10th, 11th, 12th grades)

Physical Education Service Learning Elective

PE921, PE922, PE923, PE924
PHYSICAL EDUCATION SERVICE LEARNING ELECTIVE
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

This independent study course encourages students to learn about themselves while providing a particular area of service to a local school or community partner by aiding or collaborating on an after-school project, extracurricular program or introduction of a particular activity. Community partners and possible programs can be explored with the assistance of the Health and Physical Education department chair as well as the Center of Public Purpose. Students are responsible for completing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer time, maintaining a daily journal of visits, and developing a final project or product that explores physical activity within the context of the needs, strengths and dynamics of the community partners. Placement in this course is determined by the department chair and needs prior approval before selection. Under normal circumstances, this course cannot be used in place of a level 600 PE course. (11th, 12th grades)

Physical Education Assistant

PE931, PE932, PE933, PE934
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ASSISTANT
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

This course allows students the opportunity to receive physical education credit for serving as an aide to the teachers in required aquatics courses for third through ninth grades or physical education classes for kindergarten through second grade. This is considered to be an independent study course that must be approved by the department chair. Placement in this course is determined by the department chair and needs prior approval before selection. Under normal circumstances, this course cannot be used in place of a level 600 PE course. (11th, 12th grades)

Yogalates

PE631, PE632, PE633, PE634
YOGALATES
(.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

This course is designed to introduce 11th and 12th grade students to the basic concepts and principles of hatha yoga and mat Pilates. The history and philosophy of both practices will be explored. Students will acquire an understanding of human anatomy along with the physical, mental and emotional benefits from the practice of these philosophies. Progressions of the basic postures, breathing techniques, some meditation, stretching and core strengthening exercises will be stressed, and students will be provided with a yoga/Pilates mat to be used during class. (11th, 12th grades)