Health & Physical Education Department Overview
The goal of the health and physical education program is to teach students health literacy and physical literacy so that they acquire the skills, knowledge, attitudes, confidence and competence to live a healthy, active life. Students are scheduled for one quarter (½ semester) of health education and three quarters (1½ semesters) of physical education for each year of attendance in high school. Course offerings vary by quarter and grade level, and a list of activities is provided below.
Health and physical education courses are mandated graduation requirements, and therefore have specific requirements for content units and time allocation. The curriculum is compliant with the NJ Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education and with all corresponding Legislative Statutes. Parents with questions or concerns about topics in the health education program are encouraged to seek out the teacher of record and school administrative team. Any child whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instruction in health, family life education or disease prevention (HIV) education is in conflict with his/her conscience, or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result therefrom. The request for exemption may be found on the department webpage (NJSA 18A:35-4.7).