Physical Education Course Offerings and Descriptions

ADAPTED PE

This course is a modification of physical education activities intended to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. Individualized physical fitness programs are written within medical guidelines for each student. The students work to develop and refine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, balance and flexibility to maintain mobility. Social skills are integrated in all activities, and students are encouraged to maximize their abilities as they engage in a variety of modified sport activities.

501/2, 5018, 5014/5016 HEALTH EDUCATION FS (FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORES) or
502/2, 5017/2 HEALTH education js (juniors and seniors)

1 semester; 1 credit
Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, those areas mandated by the Illinois School Code Comprehensive Health Education Program (105 ILCS 110/3). Subject matter includes the prevention and control of diseases including AIDS, consumer health, safety education, mental wellness, alcohol and drug use and abuse, human growth and development, human sexuality, nutrition, physical fitness, dental care, and steroid abuse. Successful completion of this course fulfills the state health education requirement. NOTE: It is generally expected that Health Education will be taken during the freshman year as part of the freshman core P.E. program. 

Freshman Blue Physical Education

Open to freshmen
1 semester; 1 credit
This course teaches fitness through a variety of movement activities.  Students will learn about the five basic health-related principles while being exposed to the latest in exercise techniques. Students will use resistance machines, free weights, cardio machines, and other functional fitness equipment to improve overall health. This course also incorporates a variety of movement activities including dance, zumba, yoga, pilates, and stretching. A variety of dance styles will be chosen to enhance muscular flexibility, endurance, coordination, and memorization skills. Students will have the opportunity to work cooperatively to choreograph and perform dance routines.

Freshman Orange Physical Education

Open to freshmen
1 semester; 1 credit
This course designed for freshmen addresses students' physical and social-emotional needs through aquatics and self-defense training combined with classroom presentations related to specific gender and social issues. One portion of the course is a gender-specific swim class providing differentiated instruction in basic survival techniques and propulsion.  Students are taught a variety of strokes along with aquatic games and training techniques to improve overall fitness levels. The class also incorporates Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training.The second portion of the course involves the theory and practice of self-defense.  Discussions and guest speakers address gender specific topics such as healthy and unhealthy relationships, the influence of media on culture, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, bullying, Internet safety, and how to avoid violence and unsafe situations.  Both genders are taught gender-specific self-defense skills using a nationally recognized rape and aggression prevention program taught by certified instructors.

Sophomore Physical Education

Open to sophomores
1 semester; 1 credit
This course develops team-building and leadership skills and improves personal fitness through experiential education, aquatics, and team sport activities.  Students develop collaboration and leadership skills by participating in team building activities, wall climbing, high ropes challenges, and orienteering. Several team sport activities are embedded to continue skill development in the areas of team building and fitness.  The course finishes in gender- specific classes to introduce the skill of kayaking and to enhance aquatic stroke development using a variety of activities and training methods to promote fitness.

Girls' Wellness

Open to  junior and senior females
Semester 1 only; 1 credit
This course provides students with an understanding of the importance of incorporating healthy habits in their everyday life.  The curriculum focuses on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, agility, and nutrition.  Students will participate in activities such as Cardio dance, yoga, Pilates, functional training, and nutrition.  An advanced self-defense curriculum may be offered.  Students will also perform gymnastics routines using balance beams, uneven bars, vaults, and tumbling in an effort to improve strength, agility, and fitness related to individual fitness.

Boys' Team Sports

Open to junior and senior males
1 semester; 1 credit
This course is designed to integrate individual and team building skills using the techniques and strategies involved in the sports of flag football and basketball. Students learn the skills involved in the two sports and are assessed on skill growth and the ability to execute the rules and strategies of the game, to exhibit overall sportsmanship, and to work within a team to achieve a goal.  Fitness principles, strategies, and techniques will also be infused into the curriculum throughout the semester using a variety of facilities and equipment.

Coed Team Sports

Open to juniors and seniors
Semester 1 only; 1 credit
This course is designed to integrate cooperative skills in the areas of technique and strategy as they pertain to team sports. The course will include, but is not limited to, the following team sports: flag football, soccer, lacrosse, softball, ultimate Frisbee, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, and team handball. Students will learn rules, strategy, techniques, and fundamentals of each team sport. Fitness concepts and activities will be incorporated to enhance student's well-being. Students will be evaluated on their participation, ability to execute rules, incorporate strategy, and exhibit good sportsmanship.

Racket Sports

Open to juniors and seniors
1 semester; 1 credit
This course combines fitness concepts and activities, tennis, badminton, and pickleball to improve hand-eye coordination, racket skills, fitness and agility with the expectation of improving physical health. Students will be provided differentiated instruction in the basic tennis strokes, scoring, rules and etiquette of tennis. Students will participate in skill building activities and tournament play throughout the semester. Physical fitness activities will be incorporated into the class to benefit overall personal health.

WORLD Dance

Open to juniors and seniors
1 semester; 1 credit
This course will expose students to a variety of social dances. Students will also have fitness conditioning 2 days per week, including Zumba, Pilates, Cardio-Kickboxing, Stretch, and Yoga. An historical element will teach students about the background to each style being taught. This class will enhance flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, movement coordination, choreographic abilities, and memorization skills. Students should be able to choreograph a dance that would represent their generation. Taken during the fall semester, the course will cover the Charleston, Swing Dance, Cha Cha, Tango, Hand Jive, and Group Choreography/Presentation. Taken during the spring semester, the course will cover World Dance, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Group Choreography/Presentation.

COMPANY DANCE CLASS

Open to juniors and seniors
Prerequisite: Complete 9th Grade PE and Teacher Recommendation
2 Semester; 2 credits

This year-long course is designed to accompany outside training of the advanced dancer. It offers advanced and intensive technique training in ballet and modern dance with scheduled master classes in other dance forms. Students will also study dance composition and dance history and will participate in dance viewing and dance critique. This class will often include live accompaniment and will always require dance participants to wear appropriate dance attire. Students will attend one curriculum-related field trip each semester.

Advanced Adventure Education

Open to juniors and seniors
1 semester; 1 credit
This advanced course is designed to develop team building and leadership skills using experiential education.  Students will participate in, design, and lead a variety of team building activities, challenge courses, orienteering, wall climbing, high ropes course, and kayaking experiences.

Advanced Strength Training

Open to junior and senior varsity athletes
1 semester; 1 credit
This course will give students the concepts and techniques that will allow them to gain muscle mass, increase speed and agility, and increase overall muscular and core strength. Students will participate in a comprehensive semester-long class that will allow them to design and implement their own fitness plan and to learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, conditioning, and nutrition. This course includes both activity and cognitive sessions. Students will learn to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime. Coaches may have the ability to implement sport-specific workout plans for their athletes.

all gender fitness and self-defense

1 semester; 1 credit
The first part of this course involves the theory and practice of self-defense. Discussions and guest speakers address topics such as healthy and unhealthy relationships, the influence of media on culture, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, bullying, Internet safety, and how to avoid violence and unsafe situations. Self-defense skills are taught using rape and aggression prevention principles. This course addresses students’ physical and social-emotional needs through self-defense training combined with classroom presentations related to specific transgendered and social issues. The second part of this course provides students with an understanding of the importance of incorporating healthy habits in their everyday life. The curriculum focuses on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, agility, and nutrition. Students will participate in activities such as cardio dance, yoga, Pilates, functional training, and nutrition. Students may also perform gymnastics routines using balance beams, uneven bars, vaults, and tumbling in an effort to improve strength, agility, and fitness related to individual fitness

Driver Education Course Description

920/2, 9207, 92092 Driver Education

Open to students who are at least 15 years old by the beginning of the course and who have passed at least eight classes in the previous calendar year. (Eligibility determined by Illinois law.) Students will be scheduled into Driver Education by age, with priority being given to the older students first.
1 semester; 1 credit
This course is based on an integrated curriculum of classroom theory, simulation activities, and actual behind the wheel experience. If a student fails the course, he or she must repeat it within two years of the date that instruction initially began, or the student will have to reapply for the learner’s permit. The grade earned in Driver Education is not used when computing a student’s grade point average. When Safety Education is granted in lieu of Driver Education, no credit is given.