This is a year-long comprehensive physical education course consisting of all eight components outlined on the California State Framework. Instruction will be presented in the following areas: Team sports, fitness, tumbling/gymnastics, aquatic safety, dance, self-defense, dual/individual sports and biomechanics. Students are expected to participate in each unit to the fullest extent of their capabilities. Students may expect to be given written quizzes, physical skill tests, fitness tests and research assignments for selected units. Homework is minimal, except in the case of repeated absences/medical excuses where physical work will be assigned for completion at home under parental supervision.
Physical Fitness Tests: All ninth grade and new students will take a physical fitness test in the spring. Ed code requires students continue to take physical education classes if they do not meet the passing criteria of 5 out of 6 Healthy Fitness Zones (HFZs) on the physical fitness test. While this requirement will continue for each subsequent year of high school, passing the physical performance test will not be a graduation requirement. Taking and passing a minimum of 20 units of physical education in high school still remains a requirement for a diploma. Any student who passes the physical performance test in ninth grade may continue the current practice of taking the remaining required units of physical education in grades 10, 11 or 12 for the district’s high school diploma. Students who do not pass the physical fitness test in ninth grade will be automatically enrolled in a physical education class with a personal fitness emphasis the following year and will be tested again in the spring.
For Physical Education electives, please click on the Physical Education Electives tab under “Quicklinks” on the top right of this page and/or visit the Program of Studies.