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The physical education program in Niskayuna is based upon New York State learning standards.

Director of Health, P.E., & Athletics: Larry Gillooley,, (518) 382-2511, ext. 21761

New York State Physical Education Learning Standards

  • Standard 1 - Personal Health and Fitness
    Students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health.
  • Standard 2 - A Safe and Healthy Environment
    Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
  • Standard 3 - Resource Management
    Students will understand and be able to manage their personal and community resources.

Physical Education Graduation Requirements and High School Program

All students are required to earn two units of physical education in order to graduate. At Niskayuna High School, all students are required to enroll in and successfully complete a course in physical education for each semester they are in high school. Offerings include lifetime and team sports, health and fitness, lifeguard training, team water sports, and project adventure.

View course descriptions in the Physical Education section of the High School Program of Studies [PDF]


Middle School Physical Education Program

The middle school Physical Education (P.E.) program is aligned to the New York State Learning Standards of maintaining personal health and fitness; maintaining a safe and healthy environment; and accessing personal and community resources. Middle school students have P.E. every other day all year.