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. 

    DANCE 1 (2.5 credits)

    This course is designed for those students who seriously want to pursue the study of dance.  The student will pursue an understanding and appreciation of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Multicultural, Hip-Hop, Choreography, and Fitness.  The student will aspire to understand the perceptual, intellectual, physical, and technical skills needed for the creation and performance of dance.

    DANCE 2 (2.5 credits)

    This course will enable the student to further pursue the movement concepts related to a wide variety of dance forms.  The student will focus on the technical skills needed for the creation and performance of dance, gain knowledge, understanding, and aesthetic awareness of the Performing and Visual Arts.  They will compare, contrast, observe, analyze, and understand visual expression and presentation.