Physical Education

Middle School: In either 7th or 8th grade, but typically 8th grade, students will take PE/Health. 8th grade students will take either PE001 (if they did not take it in Grade 7 or wish to repeat it) or PE003 (if they did take PE001 in Grade 7). Exceptions: Students entering Grade 8 who are planning to take either a Dance class or PE003 may opt out of the PE001 requirement by taking the Health component through NPA summer school between 7th and 8th grade. Students who take PE001 in 7th grade do not need to retake it in 8th grade but may seek to do so.

High School Graduation Requirement: One half-credit (or substitute – see #3 below) of Health required sometime during grades 9-12.
*** NPA’s Health Requirement may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  1. Completing PE102 as a year-long elective choice at some point within Grades 9- 12;
  2. Earning one-half credit of Health (strictly Health) from a prior school as transfer credit or summer school credit prior to the start of 12th grade; or
  3. Completing an NPA-sponsored non-credit summer session which delivers just the health content from the PE102 class.
    NOTE: Any student who has not satisfied the requirement prior to the start of 12th grade will be automatically enrolled in PE102 for 12th grade as a sixth course beyond his/her five core classes unless other arrangements are made with the school.

PE006 – 6th Grade Physical Education

This class presents a wide array of topics related to physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle while at the same time integrating instruction and practice in basics of various team sports. Students will learn how to assess their own fitness levels, and based on this assessment, they will be able to design their own personal fitness program focusing on a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally. Students are expected to perform at their own level of physical fitness as well as make significant gains in their level of fitness throughout the course.

PE001 – Physical Education/Health (Middle School Course)

This course includes two complementary components. The classroom health component addresses Arizona State Standards for health education, including fitness, nutrition, disease prevention, personal health behaviors, and many others in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally. The physical application component will include exercise as well as instruction and practice in basics of various team sports. Students will be expected to participate actively in both components of the course and follow guidelines regarding appropriate clothing for physical activity, safety issues, and proper use of gym equipment and space.
Prerequisite: None

PE102 – Recreation Fitness/Health

Intended for students in Grades 9-12, this course emphasizes basic skill development in all areas of sports, games, and fitness. The course provides more specific and individualized instruction with a decreased level of intense competition. The classroom health component addresses Arizona State Standards for high school health education, including fitness, nutrition, disease prevention, personal health behaviors, and many others in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally. The health component of this year-long course will satisfy the NPA High School Health requirement.
Prerequisite: None

PE103 (PE003 for 8th grade students) – Sports/Physical Education 8-9

Intended for students in Grades 8 and 9, this class offers a higher level of competition and skill development than PE001 or PE102. Previous athletic experience or participation in team sports is preferred. This course does not include a Health component and therefore will not satisfy
NPA’s Health requirement.
High School Prerequisite: None, but students should discuss course with instructor. Middle School Prerequisite: (a) PE001 or summer MS Health and (b) consultation with instructor

PE104 – Sports/Physical Education 10-12

Intended for students in Grades 10-12, this class offers a higher level of competition and skill development than PE103. Previous athletic experience or participation in team sports is preferred. This course does not include a Health component and therefore will not satisfy NPA’s Health requirement.
High School Prerequisite: Consultation with instructor

PE105 – Yoga/Health

This class will explore practices such as yoga postures, breathing exercises, core strengthening, deep relaxation and meditation techniques. Students will dress out and will be expected to participate daily. Student achievement in this course will be measured through participation, posture/pose assessment, projects, and demonstrations. This course will meet NPA’s Health requirement.