Course Descriptions

Graduation requirement:  One year (10 units)

PHYSICAL fitness & Health (A)

Physical education is designed to promote physical activity, as well as social development and teamwork skills, through sports and exercise.   Some of the sports that will be covered include volleyball, soccer, basketball, weight training, softball, and ultimate frisbee.

The semester-long health education program introduces students to the principles of proper nutrition, aerobic exercise, and overall holistic wellness in mind, body, emotion and spirit.  The course includes discussion of self-esteem, healthy relationships, values and decision-making skills.  Units include nutrition, basic first aid, CPR, mental and emotional health, introductory psychology and sociology theories, HIV/AIDs and other STIs, and drug, tobacco and alcohol education.

Selected text readings, journaling, essay assignments and unit examinations (short answer and essay) are required.


Prerequisite:                  Grade 11, 12

This course is intended to provide the opportunity for athletically-minded individuals to engage in advanced weight-lifting and plyometric exercises that will enhance their sport performance.  The activities will focus on full-bodied explosive movements, as well as functional lifts that demand core strength and power. Students can expect improvements in the major lifts, such as bench press, squat, and shoulder press, as well as increased foot speed and cardiovascular endurance.

This course will be personalized based on student’s interests.

Related courses to consider

The course below does not fulfill the graduation requirements in this department.

Sports Medicine (P)

Guideline: Grade 11, 12.  Grade of C or higher in Biology.

This course is designed to explore human musculo-skeletal anatomy and physiology and sets the foundation for further study of these sciences. Students learn biomechanical concepts with special focus on injury prevention, assessment and treatment.  Students will learn and become certified in RED CROSS CPR/FIRST AID.  Students learn how to tape ankles, thumbs, wrists, etc., how to assess and manage minor injuries, bandage wounds, stretch out athletes, and work on injured muscles.   In the spring, the students will visit the Cal Berkeley Memorial Stadium Athletic Training Facility and get a chance to interview the athletic trainers/physical therapists/chiropractors/medical doctors and surgeons who work there year round.

The University of California considers this class to be a “g” elective, not a “d” science course.