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School Health:
Physical Education Content Standards

Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.


There are four main goals of modern physical education:

  • to improve physical fitness,
  • to shape positive attitudes towards physical activity,
  • to give children the skills they need to enjoy different physical activities,
  • and to help them understand the importance of regular exercise and the connection between physical health and general well-being.
The physical education program is the place where students learn about all of the benefits gained from being physically active as well as the skills and knowledge to incorporate safe, satisfying physical activity into their lives.