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The Physical Education program is designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of the students through a variety of activities.  The physical education program fosters growth and development in the following areas:  (a) movement skills and knowledge; (b) self-image, self-esteem, self-realization; (c) social interaction and development.

Students must earn a minimum of 20 units in Physical Education (State of California requirement).  Physical Education is open to all students and is required for all freshman and sophomore students.

The Physical Education program is designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of the students through a variety of activities.  The physical education program fosters growth and development in the following areas:  (a) movement skills and knowledge; (b) self-image, self-esteem, self-realization; (c) social interaction and development.

Students must earn a minimum of 20 units in Physical Education (State of California requirement).  Physical Education is open to all students and is required for all freshman and sophomore students.

The California Physical Best Fitness Test (CFT) will be administered to all freshman students during the spring semester. Students will be trained in a variety of skills in preparation for the CFT.  This mandatory physical assessment includes muscular endurance (sit ups), muscular strength (push-up, pull-ups or flex-arm hangs), flexibility (modified sit-up and reach), and aerobic capacity (measured mile run).  Impact of health related fitness to body mass will be discussed and determined.  Commencing 2008-2009 State law provides that all 9th grade students must pass 5 of the 6 California Fitness Test criteria within the Healthy Fitness Zone.  BMI will be taken on each student for fitness testing.  Students must continue to take Physical Education classes until they have passed the test, which could result in a 4-year Physical Education program.

Physical Education Course I

Full year course, 5 units each semester, grade 9

Prerequisites: None

Description: This core course will provide an opportunity for students to participate in a variety of physical education activities to teach movement skills and to improve fitness levels.  Activities may include (subject to availability of facilities, enrollment, and staffing) fitness (conditioning/jogging, exercise to music, physical fitness, weight training), individual sports (aquatics, combative techniques, racquet games, track & field, self-defense), and team sports (basketball, speedball, football, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, softball, volleyball).

Physical Education Course II

Full year course, 5 units each semester, repeatable, grade 10-12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This elective course continues the emphasis placed on fitness awareness and allows the student to be exposed to team and individual sport activities.  Activities may include:  basketball, speedball, volleyball, hockey, water polo, weight lifting, softball, football, conditioning, ultimate Frisbee, indoor/outdoor soccer, physical fitness, archery, aquatics, badminton, ETM/yoga, golf, handball, pickle ball, racquetball, tennis, tumbling, strength and conditioning/ weight lifting.

Strength and Conditioning 11-12

Full year elective course, 5 units each semester, repeatable, grades 11-12

Prerequisite:  "C" or better in previous P.E. class.

Description:  A beginning course designed to improve strength and muscle tone.  Free weights and fixed weights will be used to develop the major muscle groups.

Bowling Physical Education 11-12

Full year elective course, 5 units each semester, repeatable, grades 11-12

Prerequisites: "C" or better in previous P.E. class.

Description: Bowling at Castro Village Bowl with course fee (75 cents per day).

Aerobics 11-12

Full year elective course, 5 units each semester, repeatable, grades 11-12

Prerequisites: "C" or better in previous P.E. class.

Description: Students will learn aerobic dance routines and use of resistance bands, floor mats, and steps.  Weekly circuits, tests, and walking will be included.  If the pool is available, aqua aerobics will be included in the course.  Aerobic shoes and towels are required.

Leisure Sports

Full year course, 10 units, grades 11-12

Prerequisites: C or better in previous PE classes.

Description: The purpose of this course is to offer a more diverse choice of physical education activities for students once they progress past the first two years of high school.  For students who don’t participate in competitive athletics, but want to remain active beyond the tenth grade, a course in leisure sports would be ideal.  One of the often overlooked purposes of high school physical education is to provide activities for the students to participate in beyond high school, giving them varied possibilities to remain active and fit throughout their lifetime.  Physical activity plays a vital role in reducing stress and providing mental stimulus for a healthy, happy, active life.  The activities that will be introduced as a part of this course will provide entertainment and competition without the rigors of strenuous exercise.  This course will explore Archery, Bowling, Golf, Rock Climbing/Hiking, Fly Fishing, and Orienteering as leisure sports that can be adopted and continued throughout adult life, long after most people discontinue competitive athletics.  The yearlong elective course will be divided into six week units of activity. Each unit will offer the opportunity to master the physical and mental skills needed to advance in these activities

Athletic performance training

Semester Course, 5 units, grades 11-12

Prerequisites: “C” or better in PE I and II.  Active participation on school athletic team and/or teacher approval.

Description: This class is designed to provide an opportunity for athletes to participate in a structured strength and athletic performance program.  This class will provide opportunities for development in power, agility, speed and strength.  This class is highly recommended for students who are participating in a sport on campus.