Description of Program
Never before has there been so much research documenting the health benefits of physical activity. Therefore, in Gwinnett County Public Schools, the physical education program is designed to give students the movement competencies, concepts, and principles necessary to develop a physically active lifestyle and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness during their school-age years and beyond.
Students are provided with opportunities to succeed in a variety of movement and fitness activities that assist them in acquiring motor skills, health-related fitness, positive attitudes, and self-esteem. Physical activity is used to show students the enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, social interactions, and health benefits that can be derived from regular physical activity.
In addition to more traditional physical education courses, the Gwinnett Online Campus offers a state-of-the-art fitness course that uses innovative instructional strategies, heart rate monitors, and interactive web sites. This course has been popular among students and parents alike.
The state requires that each school containing any grade K-5 provide a minimum of 90 contact hours of instruction at each grade level in health and physical education. Each school containing any grade 6-12 shall make available instruction in health and physical education. One semester class in physical education is offered each year to middle school students. One semester (1/2 unit) of Personal Fitness is required at the high school level. An annual fitness assessment will be conducted in grades 1-12 with individual results provided to parents.
The Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) for Physical Education outline the comprehensive scope of the program and the skills and knowledge students should acquire to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. The AKS embrace National Standards and Georgia Performance Standards and have been reviewed and validated by educators and the community as essential curriculum for Gwinnett County students.
The following core materials in physical education have been adopted and will be integrated into the curriculum as funding becomes available.
K-8: Harcourt - EPEC
9-12: Glencoe - Personal Fitness for You
All Physical Education courses contain these major content areas from the AKS:
- Motor Skills and Movement Patterns
- Movement Concept and Principles
- Personal and Social Behavior
Every physical education class in Gwinnett County Public Schools will focus on the following concepts:
- Throwing and Catching
- Striking with a body part
- Striking with an implement
- Rhythms and/or dance
- Movement Competencies
High School Elective Courses
A student should have passed the health and physical education required graduation courses (Personal Fitness and Introduction to Health) before participating in any of the following courses:
Skill based courses strands
- General PE
- Team Sports
- Lifetime Sports
- Track & Field
- Outdoor Education
- Recreational Games
- Gymnastics, Stunts, and Tumbling
Career based courses
- Principles of Athletic Training / Sports Medicine
- Theory in Physical Education
Fitness & Conditioning course strands
- Aerobic Dance
- Rhythmics and Dance
- Body Sculpting
- Exercise and Weight Control
- Weight Training
- Physical Conditioning
- Advanced Personal Fitness