NHS Program of Studies – Physical Education

All students in grades 9-12 are required to enroll in and successfully complete a course in physical education each semester while in high school. It is strongly recommended that eye and mouth guards be worn in activities deemed appropriate.


All students enrolling in swim classes will be required to pass a swimming test. Students will then select an activity strand each semester from the following options:

62300 LIFETIME – Fall

62350 LIFETIME – Spring

1 semester, 1/4 credit, Grades 9-12

The Lifetime sports strand focuses on sports that stress the importance of lifelong activities. Lifetime will concentrate on the development of sports skills in which individuals will be able to apply in a recreational setting in future years. These coed courses may include tennis, golf, badminton, volleyball, bowling, softball and other recreational games.


62401 GIRLS Grades 9/10 – Fall

62402 GIRLS Grades 11/12 – Fall

62451 GIRLS Grades 9/10 – Spring

62452 GIRLS Grades 11/12 – Spring

62501 BOYS Grades 9/10 – Fall

62402 BOYS Grades 11/12 – Spring

62551 BOYS Grades 9/10 – Spring

62552 BOYS Grades 11/12 – Spring

1 semester, 1/4 credit, Grades 9-12

The team sports component will stress the emphasis of physical activity as an important part of their life. Students will demonstrate proficiency in related skills and demonstrate an ability to utilize those skills in complex physical activities. These activities while providing an atmosphere for utilization of this skill development will also provide ample opportunity for fitness development. Students will improve previously acquired skills through skill analysis enabling them to continue to learn and improve upon this foundation. In addition to creating a positive climate for participation this component will also provide each student with an understanding of their role as a responsible member of a group striving to work in a positive environment for the benefit of all.

Understanding safety as well as the physical, social and emotional benefits of physical activity will be a primary focus of this component.

These courses may include flag football, team handball, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, and indoor soccer. This course provides actual game experience and cover skill and strategies. Students in grade 9 will be scheduled in different sections than students in grades 11-12.

Health and Fitness



1 semester, 1/4 credit, Grades 9-12

This coed course concentrates on individual fitness and health, covering strength, flexibility and endurance. Activities may include aerobic training, weight training and fitness analysis. The fitness component will stress physical fitness as an integral part of overall personal health and fitness. Physical fitness is an area of emphasis in all physical education activities and will be addressed in each lesson. Ultimately, our students will value physical fitness, be able to design a sound personal fitness program, and be able to perform a personal physical fitness program to achieve positive results. Each student will be required to set goals and develop a program to help them achieve those goals.




1 semester, 1/4 credit, Grades 9-12

This coed course will provide lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies and to provide care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrives. Students in this class will receive Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. Students must be at least 15 years of age to enroll in this course. A pre-requisite swim test must be completed the semester prior to taking this course. Students must be able to swim 550 yards without stopping.

Project Adventure


1 semester, 1/4 credit, Grades 9-12

This coed course is a sequence of adventurous games and initiatives that lead to the use of the indoor high ropes element course and the outdoor low element course. The emphasis of the activities is on team building, communication, trust building and responsibility. Students should be prepared to be active, whether indoors or outside. While this is not a technical climbing course, participants will become comfortable with basic climbing skills and terms.

This student in the adventure component will learn through activities incorporating responsibility, adventure, challenge, and teamwork. An appreciation for physical activity and overall wellness will be achieved by leading and participating positively in group activities. The student will also demonstrate knowledge of the physical, social and emotional elements of risk taking in a wide variety of games and activities and will respond with behavior which is safe for all in the group.

Components of this strand will be goal setting and analyzing the results, cooperation, trust building, and the courage to step up the level of challenge experienced.