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a week may arrange with a family and consumer sciences teacher and the guidance counselor to schedule into that time slot a course on a partial credit basis. They must take the course which is offered during that time and may not duplicate a course already completed. This is not an independent study situation.


*Tis course is based on availability and room within a student’s schedule and may only be selected after the school year begins.


HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION HEALTH FITNESS (9)


In order to reinforce information learned in the classroom environment with activities experienced in the physical education setting, health and physical education are combined into one course that meets five days per week. This course provides the opportunity for students to develop an optimal level of fitness and to create an understanding of how fitness concepts can be applied for personal improvement and disease prevention. A primary objective is for students to be able to assess their own fitness level and develop a physical fitness program to achieve personal goals. Students utilize heart monitors in the assessment of their exercise intensity and cardiovascular fitness. Information from heart monitors may be utilized to analyze student progress. In addition to the focus on fitness, other key elements of wellness include nutrition, stress, drugs and alcohol, and health-related decision making.


1 CREDIT HEALTH (10) Blended learning class - 2 days in-class/ 1 day online learning .6 CREDIT


Designed to motivate and encourage active participation in developing life skills for optimal mental, social, and physical health, this course guides students to apply health information and interpersonal and social skills to promote healthy behaviors. Emphasis is placed on developing personal and social competence in using decision-making, communication (including assertiveness and refusal skills), stress management, and goal setting skills. These skills are integrated across content areas in the units of study that reflect the National and State Health Education Standards. This class is scheduled two days per week for the entire year.


PHYSICAL FITNESS (10)


Students are provided the opportunity to enhance their understanding of health and skill-related fitness components. This focus allows students to develop experiences, attitudes, knowledge, and skills that promote adherence to an active lifestyle. Students will utilize heart rate monitors while involved in fitness activities and sports as a way of assessing their effort and progress in cardiovascular fitness. Throughout this course, students will analyze their fitness level and set personal goals that incorporate all the components of fitness. A personal fitness plan will be developed to assess understanding of training principles and personal improvement. Students will also focus on problem-solving activities that help them to develop 21st century skills necessary for working with others. This class is scheduled two days per week for the entire year.


.4 CREDIT GROUP FITNESS (11, 12)


Designed for students who wish to improve personal fitness without engaging in team sports. Group Fitness includes Yoga & Pilates, group exercise (kickboxing, interval training, body bar, balance ball, step aerobics, slide aerobics, Latin fitness training, etc.), dance, self-defense, and cardiovascular exercise. Health-related fitness components are emphasized. Heart rate monitors will be utilized to assess cardiovascular performance. This course meets two days per week for the entire year.


.4 CREDIT


SPORT PHYSICAL EDUCATION (11, 12)


This program offers students the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of team and individual activities and sports with the emphasis placed on promoting and maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. Heart rate monitors are utilized to assess cardiovascular performance. Sport PE is scheduled two days per week for the entire year.


West Chester Area School District .4 CREDIT


ADVANCED PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1 (12)


Designed for students with a strong interest in physical education, recreation and related fields, students are challenged to learn more about individual activities and explore topics not covered in the traditional physical education program. Students experience the art of teaching skills and techniques to others, as well as planning and conducting an activity for community involvement. In addition, students are exposed to a variety of career related opportunities in this area. This class is scheduled 5 days per week for one semester.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Prerequisites: Successful completion of physical education in grades 9, 10, and 11; exhibit good sportsmanship and fair play; demonstrate a high level of participation and cooperation; teacher recommendation from PE 11 or Advanced PE teacher.


ADVANCED PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2 (12) .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Designed for students who have a strong interest in physical education, recreation, and related fields, students are challenged to learn more about team activities and also explore a variety of topics not covered in the traditional physical education program. Students experience the art of teaching skills and techniques to others as well as officiating, coaching, and designing team strategies. In addition, students are exposed to a variety of career related opportunities in the area. This class is scheduled 5 days per week for one semester.


Prerequisites: Successful completion of physical education in grades 9,10, and 11; exhibit good sportsmanship and fair play; demonstrate a high level of participation and cooperation; teacher recommendation from PE 11 or Advanced PE teacher.


MATHEMATICS


▶ All students must take a math course in each year of 9th, 10th and 11th grades.


▶ A flowchart of the progression of the secondary math courses can be found at the back of this guide.


ALGEBRA 1A


This is part 1 of a 2-year Algebra experience for students. Algebra 1A covers the first half of the Algebra content and provides additional time for students to explore the content and make connections to the abstract topics in the course. Topics include functions, one-variable equations as well as a focus on linear equations.


1 CREDIT ALGEBRA 1B


This course serves as the second part of the Algebra 1 curriculum and focuses on systems of equations, exponents and polynomials. Additional time is provided to assist students with exploring concepts through multiple methods. At the conclusion of this course, students will be have learned all of the content contained on the Algebra Keystone Exam.


1 CREDIT


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