Physical Education & Health Curriculum

The Health and Wellness department aligns its curriculum with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework. The goal of the department is to encourage students to develop active lifestyles for overall health benefits. This will enable students to develop to their fullest potential through the acquisition of daily living skills and the behaviors necessary to make good decisions in life.

Through a diversified Physical Education program, students are encouraged to develop skills and positive attitudes toward lifelong participation in exercise. 

Requirements & Offerings

Physical Education is a graduation requirement for all four years. The Health Education program offers freshmen health and electives for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students.

  1. Physical Education
  2. Semester Courses
  3. Full Year Courses

All students will take part in physical education two periods in each seven-day cycle for the entire year unless excused by a physician.

Grade 9

Freshmen will automatically be scheduled for physical education. These activities encourage students to develop skills and positive attitudes toward lifelong participation in exercise. The ninth grade Physical Education program has students explore:

  • Fitness
  • Orienteering
  • Recreational and cooperative activities
  • Team and individual sports

In addition, during the ninth grade, a Fitness Center orientation program is included. This center is also available after school for student use. 

Grade 10

Sophomore students are presented with a variety of team, individual and lifetime activities. Students will continue to build on the concepts and knowledge learned in the previous year. Daily participation will also include:

  • Abdominal work
  • Cardio fitness
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Upper body strengthening

An important objective of the Grade 10 program is to give students the background for entering the selection program in the junior and senior years.

Grades 11 & 12

Junior and Senior students have an opportunity to select many of their activities. Offerings include:

  • Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Fitness walking
  • Golf
  • Lifetime fitness planning
  • Ping pong
  • Recreational games such as:
    • Bocce
    • Crochet
    • Horseshoes
    • Shuffle-board
  • Team sports
  • Tennis
  • Weight training
  • Yoga