Health and Physical Education
Our Physical Education program is designed to maximize the fitness, skill and understanding of each student through a variety of unit offerings. The curriculum seeks to develop a positive attitude toward physical activity and fitness. Students are scheduled in physical education for one semester of the school year. Adjustments to the course offerings may be made due to facilities, staff availability, and class size considerations. All units have been designed for both male and female students.
CORE HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES
CO-ED PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 9 2.5 credits
Freshmen will have four units of physical education. Acclimation to the high school environment and exposure to a range of physical education programs is a high priority for our freshmen.
Aerobics Football Lacrosse Track & Field
Basketball Games Physical Fitness Volleyball
Dance Gymnastics Softball Weight Training
CO-ED PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 10, 11, 12 2.5 credits
The activities will vary from unit to unit depending on the available staff and facilities. Students will have four different activity units each year of physical education from the sophomore through the senior year. The following activities will be offered:
Aerobics Golf Soccer Ultimate Frisbee
Archery Indoor Hockey Softball Volleyball
Badminton Jogging Speedball Weight Training
Basketball Lacrosse Table Tennis Wrestling
Bicycling Physical Fitness Team Handball Stress Management
Bowling Pickleball Track & Field CPR Certification
Field Hockey Self Defense Touch Football
Games Slimnastics Tumbling
The following courses are not included in the computation of weighted class rank.
Any child whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instruction in family life education is in conflict with his conscience, or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result there from." (N.J.S.A. 18:354.7)
CO-ED HEALTH: 9 2.5 credits
The freshman health curriculum consists of an introduction to the nature of health with concentration in the area of mental health, a review of general first aid procedures and a study of human reproduction and contraception.
CO-ED HEALTH: 10 2.5 credits
The sophomore health curriculum is the classroom introduction of driver education culminating with the New Jersey Drivers’ [written] examination. Ten hours of substance abuse education, five hours of AIDS education, and several lessons on sexual harassment and violence prevention are included.
CO-ED HEALTH: 11 2.5 credits
The junior health curriculum consists of four areas of study: drug education, fitness and nutrition, current health issues, and family life education.
CO-ED HEALTH: 12 2.5 credits
In this course, the student is exposed to an in-depth study of the family in American society. The student is familiarized with the many possible situations and responsibilities of today's family. The course is made more varied through the contributions of various outside speakers who help broaden the scope of the student's experience.
MIND BODY CONNECTIONS 1: 11, 12 5 credits
This is a full-year course designed for the serious student of “fitness”. Stress will be placed on the muscular domain. The course is offered in lieu of the required health and Physical Education. Students will design, develop and practice appropriate fitness regimens that will serve them for a lifetime of wellness. An integral part of the course will be devoted to character education as well as other relevant health education issues.
MIND BODY CONNECTIONS 2: 11, 12 5 credits
This is a full-year course designed for the serious student of “fitness”. Stress will be placed on
total-body fitness. The course is offered in lieu of the required Health and Physical Education.
Students will study body weight exercises, yoga, Pilates and cardiovascular endurance.
Students will design, develop and practice appropriate fitness regimens that will serve them for
a lifetime of wellness. An integral part of the course will be devoted to character education as
well as other relevant health education issues.
UNIQUE ELECTIVES AT WEST
UNIFIED PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 9, 10, 11, 12 2.5 credits
Unified Physical Education focuses on the physical, intellectual and social growth for all students. Students of all ability levels come together through ongoing fitness, sports, leadership, and wellness activity. Engaging in physical activity and sport alongside peers with and without disabilities creates important social relationships. Unified Physical Education will foster inclusion through repeated, meaningful, inclusive experiences that foster relationships and friendships.