Physical Education Courses


During the 2019-20 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following physical education courses. To learn more about the PE Department, please click here.


PE I | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9

None

This physical education course includes an emphasis on personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) as well as introduction to individual and team activities such as walking, softball, track and field, football, group fitness, pickleball, floor hockey and badminton. Emphasis will be placed on skill development, improvement and knowledge to be a participant in the activity. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


PE II | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10

None

This physical education course includes an emphasis on personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) as well as introduction to individual and team activities such as basketball, weight training, floor hockey, volleyball, tennis, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and yoga. Emphasis will be placed on skill development, improvement and knowledge to be a participant in the activity. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


PE III | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11

None

This physical education course revisits activities introduced during PE I or II. Previously learned skills, as well as advanced skills, will be applied to the individual and team activities. This course will include an emphasis on personal fitness, strategy and application of rules during gameplay. Students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


PE IV | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

12

None

This physical education course revisits activities introduced during PE I or II. Previously learned skills, as well as advanced skills, will be applied to the individual and team activities. This course will include an emphasis on personal fitness, strategy and application of rules during gameplay. Students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


COMPETITIVE TEAM SPORTS I & II

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

PE I & II

This course is for a student who has advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of team sports. Choosing this course means you have the desire to compete against others with a similar intensity level. Students are expected to have a firm grasp of the official rules to a variety of team sports, such as football, softball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, handball, volleyball, outdoor or indoor hockey, basketball and badminton. The focus will be on teamwork, sportsmanship, strategy and the improvement of knowledge and individual skills.


GROUP FITNESS I

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

None

This class offers students the opportunity to exercise in a variety of forms, including floor aerobics, step aerobics, circuit training, weight/resistance training and yoga.


GROUP FITNESS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

Group Fitness I

This class is a continuation of Group Fitness I. This class will use the same format, but students will be expected to take an active role in designing daily workouts.


STRENGTH & CONDITIONING I

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

None

During this course, students will participate in basic to advanced strength-training exercises that involve anaerobic and aerobic exercises. Throughout the course, students will learn to identify muscular anatomy and understand how to develop those muscles through various exercises. Participation will include, but not be limited to, cardio and weight-training activities. The weight room is the main classroom setting where students will be provided with a weight-lifting plan that is developed by the teacher.


STRENGTH & CONDITIONING II

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

Strength & Conditioning I

This course is a continuation of Strength & Conditioning I as described above. This course allows students the opportunity to help develop their own fitness plan that will be useful after they leave high school.


JUNIOR STUDENT PE LEADER

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11

Teacher recommendation only

The purpose of this class is to develop students' leadership skills so as to enable them to assist our physical education staff in class activities. Through use of leadership skills they will develop self-confidence and positive self-esteem. They will acquire attitudes and habits of loyalty, self-control, cooperation and courtesy. Course outcomes include the following:

► Students will learn to apply the rules and regulations of all physical education activities offered in the regular PE program.

► Students will learn how to officiate and apply proper techniques of officiating in game situations.

► Students will learn proper exercise techniques and will monitor student performance of these techniques.

► Students will learn proper safety rules and techniques in all PE activities. These rules and safety practices will be observed and enforced in all such activities.

► Students will become proficient in performing/correcting peers in a variety of PE activities.

This course requires an additional fee, which will be used for the purchase of a special T-shirt and for possible field trips.


SENIOR STUDENT PE LEADER

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GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

12

Successful completion of the
Junior Student Leader class
and teacher recommendation

Skills learned and developed in the Junior Leader program will now be put into practice. Leadership skills will be used to assist our physical education staff in class activities. Leaders will lead exercises, officiate, assist with equipment as well as motivate and encourage PE students. Senior Leaders will be assigned to a teacher for the quarter and will be given further instructions for duties and leadership roles.