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State College Area High School

High School South, 650 Westerly Parkway, 814-231-5020 High School North, 653 Westerly Parkway, 814-231-1111


All students must be fitness certified before they can use the Fitness Center. The certification provides students with basic knowledge of fitness theory along with practical exercise skills. The fitness lessons themselves consist of classroom lecture as well as demonstrations, practical instruction and application in the Fitness Center.

Physical Education Certification: The certification is offered in two phases. The Level One course offered in 9th grade physical education will introduce basic fitness theory, anatomy and exercise technique and culminates with a practical exam. The Level Two course offered in 10th grade will expand on the material introduced in Level One, offer additional instruction in exercise program design and culminates with a written exam.
• Students must pass the Level One certification in 9th grade class to qualify for after school participation at the Fitness Center.
• Students must pass Level Two certification in 10th grade to retain their qualification to use the facility.
• Any exercise training that the student may have done with parties outside the school, while offering valuable experience, will not be considered a substitute for the high school’s PE fitness curriculum or certification.

Fitness Center Pre-certification: Students in 9th or 10th grade who have not yet obtained Level 1 certification and would like to participate at the Fitness Center with their athletic team or as part of the Fitness Club must take the Pre-certification course which is offered through the Department of Community Education.

Important: Students who pass the Pre-certification course prior to earning Level 1 or Level 2 certification in their 9th or 10th grade PE class will earn fitness center participation privileges, but these students must subsequently pass the required certification in PE class in order to retain those privileges.

Students graduating in 2015 who are already certified will retain their fitness certification and do not have to complete any additional coursework.

Pre-certification courses will be offered several times throughout the school year. Information about the after school certification course schedule will be disseminated in the following ways:
• Announcement by the Department of Community Education.
• Postings on the Fitness Center website:
• Broadcast through the high school morning announcements.
• Promotion by the Athletic Department and in PE/Health classes.

More information about fitness certification and student participation at the Fitness Center can be found on the fitness center website:

Last Modified on August 27, 2014