Two semesters required

Classes

#2505 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHY LIVING
5 credits - Grade 9 – required class 
Prerequisite: None     
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This required course will combine physical education units that emphasize team building, sportsmanship, personal fitness, and physical empowerment skills through self defense training, with the addition of a health and wellness component.  During the team building/sportsmanship unit students will develop skills and behavior appropriate for team/individual sports activities.    The personal fitness unit will cover skills in Tae-Bo, Kick-boxing, and core conditioning with pedometers, weights and medicine balls.  The health and wellness unit will explore topics such as: nutrition and eating disorders/body image; sexuality and healthy relationships; drug and alcohol awareness; mental health/stress management; and bullying/boundary setting.

#2500 TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL SPORTS 
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: None
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This is a semester course for students who enjoy team and individual sports activities.  The course will cover basic skills, history, rules, game strategy, and sportsmanship.  Activities will be based on the season, class size, and student interest.  Sports activities might include, but are not limited to, volleyball, floor hockey, badminton, pickleball/paddle tennis, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, Tae Bo, kickboxing, lacrosse and performance enhancement training.

#2550 DANCE: GENESIS - SURVEY OF DANCE TECHNIQUES AND AESTHETICS
5 credits - Grade(s) all 
Prerequisite: None – Limited enrollment, preference will be given to seniors. This class is for Visual and Performing Arts credit but can be taken exclusively for a Physical Education credit.  
This course is designed to give an introductory view of dance as an art form. Our main focus will be to introduce and establish various dance techniques, investigate the history of dance, condition the body to maximize strength, and analyze the various aesthetics of dance. Dance will be integrated through video, literature and live performance. We will culminate our overall knowledge by pairing historical landmarks with the evolution of dance today.

#2555 DANCE: REVELATION - COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE
5 credits - Grade(s) all   
Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques and Aesthetics or Instructor Approval. This class is for Visual and Performing Arts credit but can be taken exclusively for a Physical Education credit.

This course will focus on the technique, structure and creation of expressive choreography for performance. Each student will gain knowledge of body function and ability, while exploring its possibilities and limitations. With the foundation of the history of dance, the goal of this course is to provide a knowledge base, practical skill and performance experience in dance. Students will develop a working dance portfolio that can serve as a stepping stone toward further studies.

#2600 YOGA: BREATH AND STABILITY
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: None 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This one semester course is designed for students who would like to develop an understanding of yoga. Discovering the fundamentals and benefits of breathing, students will develop their practice with varying pose combinations. The course will focus on breath and stability through the spine, with standing, seated, kneeling, supine, prone, and arm-support poses. Students will develop the skills needed to properly stretch, utilizing the body’s core muscles to build toward strength and flexibility. This course is modeled after a Hatha practice that focuses on the balance of continuous breath, relaxation and stress relief. Previous yoga experience is not required.

#2650 YOGA: STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: None 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This one semester course is designed for students who would like to develop an understanding of yoga. In addition to discovering the fundamentals and benefits of breathing, students will work to stretch their limits to develop their practice with varying pose combinations.  Moving at a vigorous pace, this course will focus on strength and flexibility through the spine and limbs, with standing, seated, kneeling, inverted, supine, prone, arm-supported and binding poses. Students will develop the skills needed to properly stretch, utilizing the body’s core muscles to build toward strength and flexibility. This course is modeled after a Vinyasa Flow practice that uses breath with each movement releasing endorphins and detoxifies the body through movement. Previous yoga experience is not required.

#2700 FITNESS FOR LIFE
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement    

This is a semester course to prepare students for a lifetime of fitness.  Students will determine their own fitness and exercise needs, and plan their own personal fitness program.  The course will cover how to exercise properly, when and where to exercise, plus injury prevention and therapy.  The course will include the following conditioning activities:  aerobic dance (low impact), step aerobics, weight training, Tae Bo, kickboxing, Zumba and performance enhancement training.

#2750 INTERSCHOLASTIC VARSITY ATHLETICS
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12     
Prerequisite: Approval from the Athletic Director 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement                 

This course is open to any 10th-12th grade student who competes on a Notre Dame Interscholastic Team. Students may elect to receive 1 semester elective PE credit for their participation in a varsity level or equivalent sport.

To qualify for credit, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Participate for 1 full season on a Freshman, Junior Varsity or Varsity team at Notre Dame
  • Meet daily attendance guidelines for practices and competitions as established by the team coach/athletic director.
  • Adhere to team rules and guidelines by the coach.
  • Adhere to athletic policies as stated in the Notre Dame Athletic Handbook.

Students wishing to exercise this option should elect this course at the scheduling time in March. The Athletic Director with the team coach will verify that the student has met the requirements for credit at the end of the season. The verification will be submitted to the registrar with a Pass/Fail grade.