Physical education is an integral part of the educational process for all students. It provides for the achievement of educational goals through movement activities. Students participate in a comprehensive, progressive program of physical activity taught by a specialist. This sequential program contributes to the total development of students and promotes healthy, active life-styles. The unique contribution of physical education is the part it plays in the students’ physical development. Since individuals function as whole beings, the program also addresses other aspects of development, including intellectual, social and emotional.
Regular physical activity is provided through challenging activities that allow performance on an advanced level. Team sports are offered as a part of the total curriculum; however, emphasis is on lifetime activities such as tennis, badminton, swimming and fitness activities. Increased opportunities for the selection of physical education activities are provided according to individual interests.
Personal responsibility, societal issues related to health, family health and AIDS education are major topics at this level. Students learn about mental health issues involving tension, stress and coping strategies. The majority of the health curriculum is delivered prior to the junior year. One health class is required for high school graduation.