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Secondary Physical Education

  • Physical Education is an essential component of the total educational experience for all high school age students. Students are required to take the Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) course as the physical education requirement for graduation. The grades 9-12 physical education experience is designed to assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy livelong decisions and to provide them an opportunity to further develop movement potentials through the selection of content specific elective courses.

    Grades 9-12 Physical Education Curricula and assessments are standards based and course specific. Content knowledge assessments are administered to students enrolled all physical education Physical fitness assessments are administered to students enrolled in HOPE course. Formative motor skill and content assessments may also be administered throughout the school year as necessary for the purpose of curriculum focus, lesson plan development and to assist students in developing higher levels of movement competence. Content is taught through one, two and/or three week instructional units for each content topic. The duration of instructional units varies for each content topic based on individual student needs.

    The HOPE course is a one (1) year physical education course which includes an integration of health education. Senate House Bill 2092 establishes criteria for exemption of the HOPE course, 1.0 credit requirement through the following waiver process:

    • Participation in two seasons of an interscholastic sport (which includes cheerleading) at the junior varsity and varsity levels and a passing grade of “C” on the FLDOE’s Personal Fitness Exam (PFE).
    • Completion of two years in a Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) class.

    The PFE is administered on a single day during the November and May of each school year. Eligible 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will be informed prior to testing dates by the school administration of this opportunity. Schools will verify eligible students by confirming that they have completed two full seasons of varsity or junior varsity sports. A Test Administrator’s Manual contains the following specific course resources for students to access as study materials:

    • Rainey, D.L. & Murry, T.D. (1997). Foundations of Personal Fitness. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing.
    • Stokes, R. & Schultz, S.L. (1998). Personal Fitness for You. Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Textbooks.
    • William, C., Harageones, E., Johnson, D., & Smith, C. (2000). Personal Fitness: Looking Good, Feeling Good (4th ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.