Physical Education 9 

This is a full year, co-educational course designed for 9th grade students. Physical activities will focus on personal fitness and conditioning, team sports, and individual, and dual sports. Classroom activities will focus on Health topics. Current Issues in Health is a health and personal relations’ curriculum consistent with state standards. Topics to be covered include: substance abuse, communication skills, self-esteem, STD’s, AIDS Prevention Education, and many family life issues. Discussion and activities will focus on topics relevant to life today. This course also covers district and state Health Education requirements 

Physical Education

Physical Education II is a full year, co-educational course designed for sophomore, junior, and senior students. Physical activities will include team, individual, and dual sports. There is also an emphasis on personal fitness and conditioning. 

Fitness and Conditioning

This is a full year course that may be taken in place of Physical Education II. This course is designed to focus on full body conditioning, toning, strength training, and cardio vascular fitness. Students will develop and work a fitness routine designed specifically to meet their individual needs. Expectations: The student will dress properly for Physical Education class everyday and participate in the required activities. Students will be given skill and written tests when applicable. Grades are based on daily attendance, participation, and skill/written/physical fitness tests, improvement, and effort. 

Dance 1

Beginning dance offers interested students in grades 9-12 multiple dance experiences in the areas of artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing. This comprehensive program explores various forms of dance while maintaining a focus on the specific dance techniques of jazz, ballet, modern, and hip-hop. 33 Performance in the Dance Spectacular production is an essential part of the curriculum. Students in grades 10-12 may receive P.E. credit if desired.

Dance 2

Intermediate Dance offers qualified students in grades 10-12 (9th grade with audition and instructor’s approval) multiple dance experiences at an intermediate level. Intermediate dance students will move beyond the beginning levels of dance education and focus more intensively on furthering their dance training and developing personal strengths and abilities. Technical training in jazz, modern, and ballet will continue to be a year-long focus, along with developing performance skills through informal and formal performance. Two formal dance performances yearly, one in the fall and one in the spring, as well as a dance-related semester project, are essential elements of the curriculum. Students in grades 10-12 may receive P.E. credit if desired. 

Dance 3

Advanced Dance offers serious students in grades 10-12, at an advanced level, multiple dance, choreography, and performance production experiences. Students will apply advanced choreographic principles, processes and skills, as well as advanced technical skills in various dance genres, to create and communicate meaning through the performance of dance. This is a balanced program that focuses on dance performance and production and enhances student learning by teaching self-discipline and decision making; promoting individual creativity and problem solving, providing opportunities for success and building self-esteem. Two formal performances yearly, one in the fall and one in the spring, are essential elements of the curriculum. A dance career-related research project and a theme-oriented original solo are also required, one (1) per semester. Students in grades 10-12 may receive P.E. credit if desired.