Washington Township

Public Schools | Sewell, NJ

Health and Physical Education

At Washington Township High School, each student is required to complete 3 and 3/4 credits in Health and Physical Education during each year of enrollment for a total of 15 credits. As part of this requirement, the program consists of three marking periods of physical education and one marking period of Health Education during 9th, 11th, and 12th grades. In 10th grade, this program consists of two marking periods of Physical education, and one marking period each of Driver's Education and Health Education. Pursuant to State requirements, students receive a minimum of 150 minutes of weekly instruction.

Health Education Program—Incorporates the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for Health Education: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Personal, Interpersonal and Life Skills; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, and Human Sexuality and Family Life Education. The health education curricular offerings reflect the Board of Education Policy of an "Abstinence Based Curriculum" placing emphasis on "wellness and productive behaviors" supporting the concepts of total health and wellness.

Adaptive Physical Education—An alternative program in physical education for students requiring a small group setting and individualized programming. The adaptive program is therapy based and serves students with special needs. Students with permanent disabilities, short term injuries; post surgical students, low vitality and low fitness students, students requesting weight management and control, and students who benefit by personalization in a smaller environment are serviced through the Adaptive Physical Education Program.
 
Project Adventure—This program involves three levels of participation:
  • Games and Initiative Problems foster group participation and cooperative learning experiences. The students work in small groups to resolve specific problems presented by the teacher. Student outcomes include an increase in personal confidence levels, increased mutual support within the group, increased agility and physical coordination, an increased joy in one's physical self and in working with others, and an increased familiarity and identification with the natural world.
  • Low Course Events promote an agreement among members to work together to achieve both individual and group goals. Supervised group-work promotes the need to resolve challenges in our lives in cooperation with others. The Low Course events do not require ropes or belay rope support. The challenges are at a higher level than the games or initiative problems thus increasing the process of challenge and self-confidence.
  • Challenge Ropes Course is a catalyst for personal and educational growth. The high elements of the Ropes Course are designed to take students beyond their own expectations. This aspect is "challenge by choice" where no coercion is involved. A reasonable willingness to try is a criterion for success
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