Health is a semester-long course required for graduation. It is typically taken in the freshmen year and is divided into four major content areas. The study of mental and social health explores how self-esteem, peer pressure and personal values affect decision-making. The drug education unit reveals the negative effects of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. The third unit covers basic first aid and CPR. Lastly, sex education is addressed as students explore the costs of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. In this unit, emphasis is placed on decision-making skills and abstinence.
This course covers an introduction to basic physical needs of the students and how to maintain lifelong fitness. Movement, coordination, cardiovascular and respiratory health, exercise, injury prevention, and lifelong fitness are all addressed. Students participate in fitness labs, weight training, and classroom lectures. They are assessed on their participation and assessment grades as well as their improvement in overall fitness awareness throughout the duration of the course.
Strength and Conditioning is a semester-long elective course not required for graduation. Personal fitness is taught in and outside the classroom with the emphasis being on understanding the concept of physical fitness as it relates to the total health and well-being of the student. Students learn how to assess their own health and fitness levels and design their personal fitness program. They also learn how to maintain a desired level of fitness once fitness has been achieved. Fitness myths and fallacies are discussed along with consumer issues which relate to fad diets, exercise gadgets, and gimmicks.