Physical Education


The Health and Physical Education classes at Forest Ridge provide our students with a holistic understanding of personal health and wellness issues, basic knowledge of recreational sports and a foundation that promotes an active lifestyle.

Students may choose to pursue their favorite sport or discover new passions and activities. Classes are developmentally tiered and take into account varied skill levels. In 5th through 8th grades, students take part in a well-rounded physical education program filled with a variety of sports. High school students can choose from classes including Yoga, Dance Technique and Choreography or Fitness for Life. In addition, high school students can earn credit by taking part in a Forest Ridge athletics team. We encourage fun, teamwork, self-discipline, perseverance, resilience and sportsmanship.

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Middle School: 5th-8th Grade

Grade Five

Fifth-grade physical education is fun! Cooperation and learning to work with new classmates are most important. Many activities are offered to develop basic movement skills, hand-eye coordination, sportsmanship, teamwork and the ability to assess and accept gifts and limitations. Emphasis is on class participation, cooperation and individual effort. A positive learning environment is established by participating in cooperative activities. Non-competitive games reinforce good sportsmanship, teamwork, support of teammates and respect for classmates.

Grade Six

The emphasis of sixth-grade physical education is to develop good fundamental motor skills, sound fitness skills, basic sports skills, knowledge of rules and simple strategies for games. The level of intensity and skill is adjusted according to the abilities of the class. A positive, playful learning environment is established as students participate in cooperative activities and team sports. Some of the activities offered during the sixth-grade year may include various non-competitive games, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, badminton, track, pickleball, tennis, rock climbing and volleyball.

Grades Seven and Eight

Students in grades seven and eight are combined for physical education classes.

This course emphasizes the development of sound fitness practices and habits, traditional and lifelong sports skills, knowledge of rules, and simple strategies for games. A positive learning environment is established by reinforcing good sportsmanship. Basic principles of fitness and their relationship to one’s health and lifestyle are explored. Students learn individual skills and game rules for many different sports, which may include soccer, football, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, badminton, pickleball, tennis, softball and golf. We also use the Forest Ridge fitness center as we continue to promote lifelong fitness.

High School: 9th-12th Grade

Graduation Requirement: 2.0 Credits (4 Semesters)

Physical Education Course Offerings

Fitness Through Recreational Activities
One Semester/Required

This course is required for 9th grade. Students explore a wide variety of lifetime recreational activities, individual and team sports and cooperative games, all focused on encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle. Sportsmanship and teamwork skills are emphasized.

Prerequisite: None
Grade level: 9
Credits Earned: 0.5 Physical Education
 
Health
One Semester/Required

This course examines a range of wellness concepts that contribute to living a balanced life. Topics include anger and stress management, communication skills, emotions, body image, nutrition concepts, decision-making skills regarding the use and abuse of drugs, alcohol, sex education, relationships and first aid. Short assigned readings and lively discussions are enhanced with classroom activities and projects.

As this course is a foundational building block of the Forest Ridge experience, most students fulfill this academic requirement in the 10th grade.       

Prerequisite: None
Grade level: 10
Credits Earned: 0.5 Physical Education

 

Fitness for Life
One Semester

This semester course utilizes the weight room and various cardiovascular activities to introduce students to aerobic training and muscle conditioning methods that will be used to develop their own personal fitness program. The intent of this course is for students to try new exercises and experience the benefits of a regular fitness regimen as part of leading a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Prerequisite: None
Grade level: 10, 11, 12
Credits Earned: 0.5 Physical Education
 
Yoga
One Semester

Traditional yoga practices are taught using asanas to increase strength and flexibility during this Semester class. An emphasis is put on correct alignment for safe practice. Restorative practice and meditation help students increase energy levels and decrease stress through relaxation and breathing exercises. Foundational concepts of yoga are covered along with reflecting on how yoga and meditation can fit into a student’s life.

Prerequisite: None
Grade level: 10, 11, 12
Credits Earned: 0.5 Physical Education

Dance

Dance: Technique
One Semester

This class is offered in alternate years. It will not be offered in 2019-20. It will be offered again in the 2020-21 school year.

Students in this course experience multiple forms of dance through their history, movement vocabulary, and works of choreography. Forms may include Modern/Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, West African and others. While exploring these forms, students develop confidence, body awareness and performance skills, and have opportunities to choreograph their own works.

The material in Dance: Technique is suitable for students with any level of previous dance experience or none, from first-time beginners to advanced dancers! This course satisfies the prior dance experience prerequisite to choreograph for DanceFest.

Prerequisite: None
Grade level: 10, 11, 12
Credit Earned: 0.5 PE or Fine Arts  

 

Dance: The Creative Process
One Semester

This class is offered in alternate years. It will be offered in the 2019-20 school year.

Students in this course experience multiple forms of dance through an exploration of the creative process. Over the semester, students build foundational skills in choreography using movement vocabulary from Modern/Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz and other forms of dance. Students develop confidence in movement improvisation and create short solo works, big group dances and everything in between!

No prior dance experience necessary; the material can be tailored to any level of dance background. This course satisfies the prior dance experience prerequisite to choreograph for DanceFest. 

Prerequisite: None
Grade level: 10, 11, 12
Credit Earned: 0.5 PE or Fine Arts

Independent Physical Educational Options

One Semester

This is a 0.5 credit course open to students in grades 11 and 12.

These offerings all take place outside of the school day. Through successful completion of any of these options, students earn one Semester of PE credit. The courses are graded on a pass-fail basis. This course may be taken one time only per school year. Juniors and seniors may earn credit for up to two semesters (1.0 credit) of high school PE through Independent Physical Educational Options.

Approval to receive credit must be obtained in advance from the Physical Education Department Chair in conjunction with the sponsoring coach (on or off campus) or adult supervisor of the activity. Each student must turn in a Physical Education Activity Log by the end of the semester to earn credit.

 
Forest Ridge Athletics

Credit is earned for committed participation for the entire season of any of our Forest Ridge Sports Teams: Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Softball and Ultimate Frisbee.

Grade level: 11, 12
Credits Earned: 0.5 Physical Education
Limit: 0.5 credits earned through Independent PE per school year
 
Athletics Outside of Forest Ridge

Students may earn Physical Education credit through committed participation in an athletic activity not offered in the school curriculum. This could include but is not limited to ballet, riding lessons, swim team or track team.  Student must complete 50 hours of participation to earn the credit.

Grade level: 11, 12
Credits Earned: 0.5 Physical Education
Limit: 0.5 credits earned through Independent PE per school year

*Course offerings are based on student interest and minimum enrollment requirements; therefore, some classes listed may not be offered every school year.