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High School Health and Physical Education

Health

Prerequisite — None
½ Unit
Grade 10-12
Health Education is a state-mandated course for all high school students and is a requirement for graduation. The class meets daily for one semester for ½ credit. In order to receive credit, the student must receive a grade of at least 65% and met the requirements outlined in the District Attendance Policy.
This course provides students the opportunity to:

  • Develop the concepts, attitudes, and behaviors fundamental to healthful choices and behaviors likely to promote physical, social and emotional well being.

  • Evaluate his/her current personal health choices and habits to assess current health status and health needs.

  • Receive the components necessary for development of a lifestyle that contributes to optimal health.

During the course, students study: the five areas of health; fitness; decision-making; diseases & disorders; consumer health; stress management; alcohol; tobacco; drug abuse; prevention education; and human sexuality (with parent permission).

Physical Education

Prerequisite — None 
½ Unit
Grades 9-12
Student will learn how to maintain and achieve a health-enhancing level of physical fitness through many games and activities during class. Individual, team and leisure-time activities will be offered to assist the student in making good health and fitness choices. These activities will also equip the students with the knowledge they need to live an active and healthy lifestyle after they graduate from Cohoes High School.

Adaptive Physical Education

Prerequisite — None
½ Unit
Grades 9-12
In Adaptive Physical Education students will be engaged in all activities that are available to the general Physical Education classes. These activities will be modified to adapt to the students needs and abilities in the class. Students will also be taught many lifetime activities that they can take with them into their adult lives to stay active and healthy.

Lifetime Physical Education

Prerequisite — None
½ Unit
Grades 9-12
In this Physical Education course students will learn and be engaged in activities that will help them stay active for the duration of their lives. Students will be taught different, popular ways that people stay active and healthy as they move on beyond their high school years. This course will include, but is not limited to activities such as, weight training, cycling, power walking, circuit training, volleyball, badminton, and yard games. Upon completion of this course students will have a good idea of what activities they would like to pursue as adults to stay active and healthy.

Preparing our students for success in tomorrow’s world.

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