Health, Physical Education & Driver Education

Health, Physical Education (PE), and Driver Education combine a range of activities and topics involving human health issues, physical skills, and safe driving:

  • Human health coursework typically covers issues such as nutrition, stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, and first aid.
  • PE coursework draws on team, individual, dual, recreational, and/or conditioning activities.
  • Driver Education usually includes legal obligations and responsibilities, rules of the road and traffic procedures, safe driving strategies, and related topics.

Health, PE & Driver Education Course Descriptions

Adaptive Physical Education

Adaptive Physical Education is a modified physical education program designed to meet the individualized gross motor needs, or other disability-related challenges, of an identified student.

Dance 1, 2

Dance 1: Serves as a dance fundamentals class using ballet, modern and jazz dance technique. Students will become proficient in genre specific warm up, preparatory exercises, and physical and creative skill, as well as the historic and cultural aspect of dance. Students will have the opportunity to experience, appreciate and evaluate dance performance.

Dance 2: Students integrate and build upon concepts and skills acquired in Dance I. Students will increase their range of physical skills through disciplined study of dance technique. Dance improvisation and composition studies will expand students’ creativity and choreographic craftsmanship. They will also develop additional performance and production skills. Students will refine communicative, interpretive, and evaluative skills by responding to and analyzing a variety of dance experiences. Through historical and cultural studies, students will expand their appreciation of the dance arts as a richly expressive, vital contribution to society. While developing awareness of the diversity that exists within the art form, students will identify a personal aesthetic and criteria for evaluating the dance arts.

Driver Education: Classroom Instruction

Driver Education, Classroom Only, provides students with the knowledge to become safe drivers on America’s roadways. Topics in these courses include legal obligations and responsibility, rules of the road and traffic procedures, safe driving strategies and practices, and the physical and mental factors affecting the driver’s capability (including alcohol and other drugs).

Health Education 1, 2

Topics covered within Health Education may vary widely, but typically include personal health (nutrition, mental health and stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, disease prevention, and first aid) and consumer health issues. This course may also include brief studies of environmental health, personal development, and/or community resources.​

Prerequisite: Ninth-grade students must be 15 by September 1 and acquire counseling director approval to register for Health 2.

IB Dance

The course focuses on the composition, performance and analysis of dance, or “expressive movement,” which is practiced amongst peoples of various backgrounds and for a variety of purposes throughout the world. Students create, participate in, and reflect upon dance forms and styles from a range of cultures and traditions, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Prerequisite: Dance 1

Physical Education 1, 2, 3, 4

Physical Education 1 and 2: Provide students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity to develop skills in more than one of the following sports or activities: team sports, individual/dual sports, recreational sports, and fitness/conditioning activities that help develop muscular strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.

Physical Education 3 and 4: Emphasize acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime physical fitness. Content may include related topics such as nutrition, stress management, and consumer issues. Students may develop and implement a personal fitness plan.

PVCC HLT 125 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science

Presents basic principles of human anatomy and physiology including the body structure, systems and functions. The course provides a foundation to build and apply concepts in the study of Exercise Science, Group Fitness, Personal Training, and related fitness studies.

Team Sports

Team Sports provides to students the knowledge, experience and opportunity to develop skills in more than one team sport (such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc.).

Weight Training 1, 2, 3, 4

Weight Training helps students develop knowledge and skills with free weights and universal stations while emphasizing safety and proper body positioning; they may include other components such as anatomy and conditioning.

Yoga/Fitness 1, 2

Lifetime fitness education emphasizes acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime physical fitness. Content may include related topics such as nutrition, stress management, and consumer issues. Students may develop and implement a personal fitness plan.