The graduation requirement for the 2016-17 freshman class has changed effective for the 2017-18 school year. The new policy requires students to complete 1.5 credits (3 PE classes) to meet the graduation requirement. Current 2016-17 sophomores and juniors must complete 2.0 credits (4 PE classes) to meet the graduation requirement.9th Grade Physical Education ( .5 credits): offers the opportunity to become knowledgeable and participate in a variety of activities which are fitness based. Students will learn the skills which are necessary to become lifelong participants in physical activity. Units of instruction include aquatics, field sports, volleyball, tennis, golf, archery, personal fitness and introduction to a fitness center's cardio and strength training machines and stations. Upon the successful completion of the fitness certification assessment, students will be eligible to participate in the SouthSide Fitness Center programs which are offered after school and during the summer. One semester = one PE graduation requirement.American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (.5 credits) can be taken as a physical education class during the school day for 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Students will spend half of their time in the classroom and the other half in the pool. One semester = one PE graduation requirement or an electiveFitness and Exercise Science (.5 credits) This course is for students in 10th through 12th grade. The course is a combination of classroom and gym experiences. This semester course will provide students with a broad knowledge of exercise science and a foundation for understanding the role of science in exercise. This course is designed to provide a sound knowledge for students interested in and preparing for professional work in health promotion, fitness-related careers, physical and occupational therapy, kinesiology, and allied health careers. Content areas consist of basic exercise science, exercise design, and implementation, advanced level strength training concepts, anatomy and physiology, injury prevention, and sports nutrition. One semester = one PE graduation requirement in place of 10th, 11th or 12th grade PESelective Physical Education 10th -12th grade (.5 credits) Students have the chance to choose their own experience from four different activities every 4.5 weeks throughout the semester. The four main units are lifetime activities, team sports, dual/individual sports, and personal fitness.
Students will have the opportunity to choose different activities throughout the semester from the following strands:
1. LIFETIME ACTIVITIES: Activities may include yoga, dance, mountain biking, martial arts fitness and adventure (Activities may include wall climbing, high ropes courses, and belaying).
2. TEAM SPORTS: Activities may include lacrosse, basketball, softball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, tchoukball, handball, and floor hockey.
3. DUAL / INDIVIDUAL SPORT: Activities may include tennis, badminton, pickleball, archery, and fencing.
4. PERSONAL FITNESS: This strand is based out of the SouthSide Fitness Center. Activities include instruction on various types of strength training & cardiovascular exercises, program design, and goal setting. Students can obtain their SouthSide Fitness Center certification in this strand.Wake Up to Physical Education (.5 credits): A semester class designed for 11th and 12th graders interested in improving their current level of physical health. This class meets from 7:45 am - 8:30 am everyday. Units offered have included various cardiovascular activities as well as strength training. Other units may be available dependent on the number of students enrolled and the interest of those individuals. One semester = one PE graduation requirementPersonal Wellness & Activity: (9th - 12th grade) An adapted or modified physical education program is available for those students who are unable to participate in the regular program due to medical reasons. A highly individualized program provides rehabilitation exercises and activities that are modified to meet the special needs of the students. Students may transfer into Adapted Physical Education if an illness or injury occurs after the first month of the school year. Evaluation of student performance is based on the achievement of goals as agreed upon by the student and the teacher. One semester = one PE graduation requirement