Physical Education Department

 
Physical Education Sequence
 
PE Pathway
 
Course Descriptions
 
Physical Education: Course 1
This course includes both individual and team physical education activities. The content of physical education includes the effects of physical activity upon dynamic health, mechanics of body movement, aquatics, gymnastics and tumbling, individual and dual sports, rhythms and dance, team and combative sports. All courses are conducted in a co-educational, inclusive manner. Emphasis is placed on coordination, balance, speed, endurance, reaction time, cardiovascular endurance, and teamwork. Completion of 20 units of physical education are necessary to graduate.
 
    • Course #13010 (Grade 9)
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education
    • UC/CSU: None
Physical Education: Course 2
This course includes both individual and team physical education activities. The content of physical education includes the effects of physical activity upon dynamic health, mechanics of body movement, aquatics, gymnastics and tumbling, individual and dual sports, rhythms and dance, team and combative sports. All courses are conducted in a co-educational, inclusive manner. Emphasis is placed on coordination, balance, speed, endurance, reaction time, cardiovascular endurance, and teamwork. Completion of 20 units of physical education are necessary to graduate.
 
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Personal Fitness
Personal Fitness students have the opportunity to learn Personal Fitness skills, proper methods and techniques of Personal Fitness, and the relationship of Personal Fitness to wellness and fitness. Personal Fitness is based on movements that are taken from Gymnastics, Olympic lifting, Track and Field, and a variety of other disciplines. The learning experience offered can be a major contributing factor in the development of an individual in all phases of life—physical, mental, emotional and social.
 
    • Prerequisite: Successful completion of PE 9: Course 1
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education (10th), Electives
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Introduction to Weight Training
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for improving physical fitness. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, program development, program implementation and overall fitness training. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.
 
    • Prerequisite: Successful completion of PE 9: Course 1
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education (10th), Electives
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Sports PE
Sports/Marching Band PE allows student athletes to earn PE credits through participation in school sponsored sports and/or Marching Band.  Coaches/Band Directors evaluate candidates on three criteria (attendance, work ethic and sportsmanship) to help determine an overall grade recommendation. Final grades are assigned by PE Department Chair.  Students can earn 2.5 credits per season, up to 5 credits max per school year.  
 
    • Prerequisite: 
      • Students must pass the Physical Fitness Tests (4 out of 5) in the 9th grade
      • Pass both semesters of 9th grade PE with a D or above
      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA during each season of participation and finish the season in good standing to be eligible to earn credit.
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Marching Band PE
Marching Band PE is a course designed for sophomores that satisfies the physical education requirement for one of four semesters required for graduation. In order for a student to receive credit for a full year of PE, they must first satisfy the prerequisites listed below. The student must successfully complete two marching band seasons (fall semesters) during the sophomore and junior years. The Marching Band is a competitive field show group consisting of musicians (wind and percussion instruments) along with a group of students that make up the color guard. They rehearse 7-12 hours a week after school and on Saturdays. They also compete in at least four major competitions during the fall semester.
 
    • Prerequisite: 
      • Students must pass the Physical Fitness Tests (4 out of 5) in the 9th grade
      • Pass both semesters of 9th grade PE with a D or above
      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA during each season of participation and finish the season in good standing to be eligible to earn credit.
      • Participation and satisfactory completion of Marching Band in 9th grade.
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education
    • UC/CSU: None
Advanced Physical Education: Course 3
Advanced Physical Education is an exciting and dynamic course designed to challenge and empower high school students to reach new heights of physical fitness, wellness, and athletic excellence. This course builds upon the foundational principles of physical education while delving deeper into fitness concepts, sports, and healthy living practices.
 
    • Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 2 Years of Physical Education
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Personal Fitness
Personal Fitness students have the opportunity to learn Personal Fitness skills, proper methods and techniques of Personal Fitness, and the relationship of Personal Fitness to wellness and fitness. Personal Fitness is based on movements that are taken from Gymnastics, Olympic lifting, Track and Field, and a variety of other disciplines. The learning experience offered can be a major contributing factor in the development of an individual in all phases of life—physical, mental, emotional and social.
 
    • Prerequisite: Successful completion of PE 9: Course 1
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education (10th), Electives
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Introduction to Weight Training
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for improving physical fitness. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, program development, program implementation and overall fitness training. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.
 
    • Prerequisite: Successful completion of PE 9: Course 1
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education (10th), Electives
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Sports PE
Sports/Marching Band PE allows student athletes to earn PE credits through participation in school sponsored sports and/or Marching Band.  Coaches/Band Directors evaluate candidates on three criteria (attendance, work ethic and sportsmanship) to help determine an overall grade recommendation. Final grades are assigned by PE Department Chair.  Students can earn 2.5 credits per season, up to 5 credits max per school year.  
 
    • Prerequisite: 
      • Students must pass the Physical Fitness Tests (4 out of 5) in the 9th grade
      • Pass both semesters of 9th grade PE with a D or above
      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA during each season of participation and finish the season in good standing to be eligible to earn credit.
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Marching Band PE
Marching Band PE is a course designed for sophomores that satisfies the physical education requirement for one of four semesters required for graduation. In order for a student to receive credit for a full year of PE, they must first satisfy the prerequisites listed below. The student must successfully complete two marching band seasons (fall semesters) during the sophomore and junior years. The Marching Band is a competitive field show group consisting of musicians (wind and percussion instruments) along with a group of students that make up the color guard. They rehearse 7-12 hours a week after school and on Saturdays. They also compete in at least four major competitions during the fall semester.
 
    • Prerequisite: 
      • Students must pass the Physical Fitness Tests (4 out of 5) in the 9th grade
      • Pass both semesters of 9th grade PE with a D or above
      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA during each season of participation and finish the season in good standing to be eligible to earn credit.
      • Participation and satisfactory completion of Marching Band in 9th grade.
    • Graduation Credit: Physical Education
    • UC/CSU: None
 
Sports & Marching Band PE
 
 
Beginning the 2024-2025 school year, eligible students will be able to apply for 2.5 credits per season (Fall, Winter, and Spring) to earn up to a max of 5 credits per year of physical education. To be eligible, students must:
  1. Pass 4 out of the 5 assessments in the Physical Fitnessgram that is proctored in the 9th grade
  2. Pass both semesters of 9th grade PE with a D or above
  3. Maintain a 2.0 GPA during each season of participation and finish the season in good standing to be eligible to earn credit.
At the beginning of each season, the Sports/Marching Band PE application will open for any student that is interested in receiving Sports PE credit.  The timeline for each season as well as the deadline to submit Sports PE applications per season are as follows:
 
Season
(click below to see available sports)
Tryouts Begin Rosters Finalized Deadline to Submit Sports PE Application
Fall August 9, 2024 August 22, 2024 August 23, 2024
Winter November 4, 2024 November 12, 2024 November 13, 2024
Spring February 3, 2025 February 10, 2025 February 11, 2025
 
 
9th Grade Students Only: Students who successfully complete up to 2 sports seasons and meet the requirements of Sports PE, which includes passing the Fitnessgram in their 9th grade PE course, will be given Sports PE credit on their transcript.  For further questions, please reach out to the PE Department Chair.
 
Physical Education Fitnessgram
 

 

Every year, the Physical Education department administers the Fitnessgram to all 9th grade students during their PE class.  Students prepare for these assessments with consistent body-weight exercise and flexibility training in the gym each class meeting throughout the school year.  These assessments are given to all freshmen students in February-April. 

 
In order to be eligible for Sports PE and Marching Band PE, students must pass 4 out of the 5 assessments. Below is more information on each component as well as a passing score.  Students are given one re-take opportunity on a test if they were absent or failed; the re-take occurs in May.
 

CUHSD Sports and Marching Band PE Program

Fitness Eligibility Requirements

 

Mile

Push Ups

Curl Ups

Trunk Lift

Shoulder stretch

Male

(he/him)

< or =

9 minutes

≥ 14

≥24

9 – 12 in

Touching fingertips together behind the back
on both sides right and left

Female

(she/her)

< or =

10 minutes

≥ 7

≥18

9 – 12 in

Same as above

 

For more information on the Fitnessgram, please contact your student's PE Teacher or the PE Department Chair. 

 

 
Other Miscellaneous PE Information
 

 

  1. Students must complete 20 units of PE to graduate (each semester of PE is worth 5 credits)
  2. The freshman PE curriculum focuses on building overall fitness to prepare for the Fitnessgram Test, Health, Nutrition, Dance, Swimming, Pickleball, and individual sports.
  3. The 10th-12th grade PE curriculum offers weight training, team sports, and pilates/yoga/swimming.
  4. PE can also be taken as an elective, even beyond the completion of the grad requirements.
 
Medical Excuses
 

**Please note, the information below is found in the PE Department's Syllabus that is distributed to all students.

From time to time students may be unable to participate normally in the day’s PE activities due to illness or injury. If this is the case, parents must submit written documentation to their student’s situation with a written note sent to school with the student. A note from a parent or guardian is valid for up to 3 consecutive school days; a doctor’s note is required for a lengthy illness or injury.
 
The note must state the nature of the student’s illness or injury as well as specifically which activities the student must avoid or have modified (Example:  No running.  Walking permitted. No use of the left hand, etc.).  Please avoid a note stating “No P.E.” as it means absolutely no participation in ANY of the day’s physical activities and students will need to recover lost points. For almost every situation, a student can alter their participation in the day’s activities, reducing the need to attend Study Hall to recover lost points. 
 
Students with a doctor’s note for an extended length of time (ie; several weeks) will need to discuss options with their teacher for making up missed points on a case by case basis. Teachers will work with individual students to develop an appropriate participation plan for those with chronic conditions once appropriate documentation has been submitted. Please see the Health Clerk in Student Services or print a copy of this Limited PE Form for extended medical issues.NOTE: Medical notes do not exempt the student from the day’s activities. Substitutions/modifications can be made based on the student’s limitations, otherwise missed points may be recuperated in Study Hall once the student has been cleared for full participation.
 
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