Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education are two areas of study that address the needs of the whole child. Students will learn skills to make healthy choices about their social, emotional, physical and mental well-being. Students will receive an education that will help them to obtain and maintain a healthy life-style.
All students in the City School District of Albany participate in the FitnessGram assessment to test and track students’ physical fitness in the health related fitness areas of cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.
Health is taught by a certified health teacher. Health education has shifted from solely teaching content knowledge in physical activity and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, unintentional injury, mental health and violence prevention to include instruction in skills-based health habits. Students are taught seven skills: self-management, relationship management, stress management, communication, planning and goal setting, decision making and advocacy. These skills support students in making healthy choices. Students use these skills and traditional health content to improve their overall knowledge and inform their own healthy living habits.
Middle school Physical Education incorporates the many skills and movement concepts necessary to participate in team sports and focuses on lifetime fitness activities. Students engage in fitness activities such as cross country running and racket sports (tennis, badminton and pickleball). Students are expected to demonstrate competence and age-appropriate proficiency in a variety of physical activities.
High school Health and Physical Education instruction includes the following. For a full list of what's offered at Albany High, please review our course offerings book.
In high school, students continue their health education with reinforcement and deeper application of the seven skills they learned in their middle school Health classes. Students will continue to learn about the positive impact of physical activity and good nutrition, HIV/AIDS, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, unintentional injury, mental health and violence prevention. The goal is for students to have the tools to make healthy choices, good decision-making skills and the power to advocate for themselves and others.
In high school, students participate in a variety of sports and activities for health and enjoyment. Students use all of the skills and concepts learned in K-8 to organize and participate in their own games and activities under the guidance and supervision of their physical education teacher. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in some physical activities and proficiency in many physical activities. By the time students graduate from high school, they should be able to design and implement their own fitness plan that incorporates lifetime activities.
Varsity student athletes in grades 10-12 may opt out of regular Physical Education classes for one quarter per school year.
- Student athletes that choose the enroll in the Athletic Option Program (AOP), must be scheduled into study hall.
- If study hall requirements are not met daily, students will lose the privilege of being enrolled in the program.
- Student athletes who take advantage of this program must still be registered in Physical Education and assigned to a Physical Education teacher.
- If a student becomes injured in their athletic program, they must be put back into regular scheduled Physical Education class.
- The AOP coordinator will work with the student’s guidance counselor to reenroll in Physical Education.
- It is incumbent on the head coach to notify the appropriate parties for any students who quit or get dismissed from a team.
- Student athletes must have a minimum 90 Physical Education grade based on previous quarter or year average.
- Student athletes must have scored AHZ (above the healthy fitness zone) in all four areas of the Fitnessgram physical fitness test.
How to enroll
- Complete the registration form, signed by student and parent/guardian
- Take to coach to sign
- Take to Physical Education teacher to sign
- Take to academy principal to sign
- Take to counselor to be scheduled into a study hall by the appropriate deadline
Winter season: Nov. 19 (This will replace a Physical Education grade for the second quarter)
Spring season: April 20 (This will replace a Physical Education grade for the fourth quarter)