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Health & Physical Education

The Health curriculum provides each student with the skills and knowledge to make informed healthy choices about personal wellness and lifestyle.

The Upper School Physical Education (PE) curriculum emphasizes understanding the importance of leading physically active lifestyles and creating opportunities for students to take ownership of their personal fitness and physical activity. The overall goal of the program is to develop young women who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activities.

In order to meet the 120 hour/0.5 unit required for graduation by The Ohio Department of Education, students must complete one of three phyisal options:

Health

Health & Wellness

An introduction to personal wellness, this course emphasizes responsible decision-making; a life free of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco abuse; cancer research; mental health; issues relating to human sexuality; and certification in First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross. This course will also focus on nutrition and individual fitness. Students will learn to design, implement, and follow a personal fitness plan, including aerobic activity and strength training. Students are responsible for logging their workouts, setting goals, and monitoring their improvement. This course also increases a student’s awareness of cardiovascular fitness and movement through a variety of activities. Health and Wellness is a graded course that meets three times each six-day rotation for one semester.

Health II

Health II discusses topics of concern specific to high school and college-bound women. The objective is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make intelligent decisions on matters pertaining to personal and community health. This course offers multiple speakers on different health related topics, including organ and tissue donation, human sexuality, and comprehension of the law related to drugs and alcohol. Recertification through the American Red Cross, stress management and depression, breast cancer, growth and development, body image and eating disorders, and nutrition are also covered throughout the course. Health II is a graded course that meets two times each six-day rotation for one semester.

Physical Education

The Upper School Physical Education (PE) curriculum emphasizes understanding the importance of leading physically active lifestyles and creating opportunities for students to take ownership of their personal fitness and physical activity. The overall goal of the program is to develop young women who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activities.

In order to meet the 120 hour/0.5 unit required for graduation by The Ohio Department of Education, students must complete one of three options:

  1. Academic Option
  2. Interscholastic Athlete Option
  3. Off-site Individual Physical Education Option

Academic Option

Required: Four semesters of PE courses during Upper School

Health & Wellness
An introduction to personal wellness, this course emphasizes responsible decision-making; a life free of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco abuse; cancer research; mental health; issues relating to human sexuality; and certification in First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross. This course will also focus on nutrition and individual fitness. Students will learn to design, implement, and follow a personal fitness plan, including aerobic activity and strength training. Students are responsible for logging their workouts, setting goals, and monitoring their improvement. This course also increases a student’s awareness of cardiovascular fitness and movement through a variety of activities. Health and Wellness is a graded course that meets three times each six-day rotation for one semester.

Lifetime Activities
This course allows the students opportunities to participate in a variety of lifetime activities such as badminton, bocce ball, bowling, golf, orienteering, table tennis, and tennis. Students will learn the techniques and strategies necessary to fully participate. Lifetime fitness activities may accompany some units. Lifetime Activities is a graded course that meets twice each six-day rotation for one semester.

Fitness and Well-Being
This course allows the students opportunities to participate in a variety of lifetime fitness and wellness activities such as FITNESSGRAM Assessments, Functional Fitness/Boot Camp, Pilates, Jazzercise, Water Fitness and Aerobics, Yoga, and Zumba. In each unit, students learn the techniques and strategies necessary to fully participate. Fitness and Well-Being is a graded course that meets twice each six-day rotation for one semester.

Water Safety and Self-Defense
This course will allow students to develop comfort in the water, improve swimming strokes, and review safety guidelines when involved in water activities, including boating safety and personal safety techniques. The self-defense portion of the course will help students develop safety techniques using their voices as well as physical capabilities.

Interscholastic Athlete Option

No credit, non-graded (successful completion waives certain PE requirements)

  • Open to Forms IX, X, XI, and XII
  • No prerequisites
  • No credit* is awarded for athletic team participation
  • Classes of 2016 and 2017:
    - 1-sport option: at least one CSG US sports season each of four years plus one PE course (IX) and Water Safety and Self-Defense (X)
    - 2-sport option: Six CSG sports seasons in four years plus Water Safety and Self-Defense (X)
  • Classes of 2018 and 2019:
    - One CSG US sports season each of four years plus Health and Wellness (IX) and Water Safety and Self-Defense (X)

This policy is intended to free time for additional academic scheduling during the school day for interscholastic sport student-athletes. Student-athletes meeting the requirements of this policy will not receive a grade or academic credit for interscholastic athletics; however, grades and academic credit will be awarded for the additional required PE courses. Successful completion of the applicable Interscholastic Athlete Program option fulfills the graduation requirement regardless of the total number of credits earned.

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