Physical Education & Health: Scope and Sequence



Recommended For: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Prerequisites: None

It is essential that young people leave high school with a concrete understanding of the health-related choices that await them and the importance of establishing healthy habits early in their adult lives. Students taking this course will learn how to establish good diet and nutrition practices, including moderation, reading food labels, and understanding nutritional contents of various foods. They will examine the benefits to good nutritional practices and the possible consequences of poor eating habits. Students will learn about conception, stages of pregnancy, and responsibilities of raising children, as well as contraceptive methods and use in preventing pregnancy and reducing risks of certain sexually transmitted infections. Students will understand the impacts, legal issues, and risks of drug and alcohol use and describe how to practice health-enhancing behaviors. Finally, by the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate proper first aid and CPR procedures.


General Physical Education

Recommended For: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Prerequisites: None

High School Physical Education will focus on learning, developing and improving physical fitness, motor skills and social skills. Character is also a strong component of student development and will be fundamental in the learning process. The content learned in class will articulate the knowledge, skills, and confidence students need to maintain meaningful physical activity throughout their lifetime. The goal of the class is to enhance knowledge in physical activity and fitness while helping each student understand the importance of achieving a healthy lifestyle. The class will be divided into these three focus areas:

  1. Motor skills, movement patterns, and strategies needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  2. Physical fitness for health and performance, fitness concepts, principles, and strategies.
  3. Psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.


Sports Teams

Recommended For: Juniors, Seniors
Prerequisites: Applicant must be on a New West athletic team

Sports Teams is designed for the high school athletic program and for the student-athletes at New West. The class will help students build and maintain physical fitness and athletic performance throughout the course of the school year. A major component of the class and of the athletic program is to develop character in all student-athletes. Class time will focus on strength and conditioning, physical fitness training, skill development, team concepts and practice for each particular sport. The goal of the class is to develop character, commitment, work ethic and performance for all student-athletes.