Physical Education/Health

Department Chair: Mrs. Claudia Foerg - Claudia.Foerg@uofdjesuit.org, Ext. 2640


One credit of Health and Physical Education is needed to fulfill the graduation requirement.

For Classes of 2016-2018, students in the music programs may have this requirement waived if a course cannot be fit into their schedule in any of the four years of high school, due to core scheduled classes, not electives.

For the Class of 2019, students in the music program are required to take the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA) online course called "Growing Up Healthy". This 0.5 credit course is a self-paced course that may be taken during the fall, spring or summer sessions, between grades 9-12.

Courses in Physical Education/Health 2017-2018

Physical Education/Health (1 credit)

One full credit of physical education is required for graduation. Physical Education consists of four to six units, each focusing on different aerobic and strength-building exercises and sports.

The health aspect discusses such topics as insuring adequate nutrition and sleep, depression-awareness, decision-making, and the prevention of violence and substance-abuse. The topics are offered progressively over each semester, with both health and physical education offered each week.

There is a $20 course fee for approved t-shirt.

Agility and Balance (0.5 credits)

This elective is open to students in grades 10-12. Agility and balance will be practiced and explored through various martial arts and yoga. This course is designed to expand the kinesthetic knowledge of students to aid and benefit life time fitness quality and athletic capabilities. This course will introduce students to multiple cultures and how they have solved and approached some of the physical needs to adapt.

Prerequisites: Physical Education/Health (one semester) or approval of teacher.

Applied Kinesiology (0.5 credits)

This elective is open to students in grades 10-12. It is designed for students who are self-motivated to improve their fitness and nutrition. Students will design their own program.

Knowledge of the basic human system is a starting block for this class. Understanding of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and how they relate to the individual will be the focus of this health class. The nutrition plan designed in Physical Education/Health will be enhanced and followed.

Prerequisites: Physical Education/Health (one semester) or approval of teacher.

Weight Training and Conditioning (0.5 credits)

This elective is open to students in grades 10-12. This course will provide instruction in the basic techniques of weight lifting and the physical development of the total body in areas of flexibility, agility, speed improvement, coordination, and conditioning. Each student will also be exposed to a motivational program designed to enhance his personal development.

Prerequisites: Physical Education/Health (one semester) or approval of teacher.

JVLA - Growing Up Healthy (0.5 credits)

The Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA) "Growing Up Healthy" is an online self-paced health course required for Fine and Performing Arts students in the Class of 2019 and later. Students may register for the "Growing Up Healthy" online self-paced course in the fall, spring or summer semesters. The course takes approximately 8-10 weeks to complete and students will spend 3-5 hours per week on the course. The course is anchored in Christian values and is used by many Jesuit schools. U of D Jesuit students may take this course any time between grades 9-12.