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Physical Education

Two years of physical education and one-half year of health are required for graduation.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE CATALOG

Dance I - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Students must have taken a full year of Introduction to Dance or must audition in person or by video; teacher approval is also required.


This Fine Art/PE course is designed for the student who wants to expand their knowledge of various styles of dance. The class will focus on jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater dance, creating choreography, and dance as art through emotional expression. Artistic expression will be emphasized through the use of choreographic projects. Discussions will also take place regarding dance history. The students will be evaluated on their participation, classwork, homework, and participation in a performance at the end of each semester.

Course goals include improving and expanding abilities in all dance techniques as well as exploring artistic expression through for self-choreography.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Dance II - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Completion of Dance I or approval of instructor


Dance II will focus on dance performance in all dance genres: Jazz, modern, contemporary dance, musical theater, ballet, and liturgical dance. Dance II will also enable students to choreograph group pieces for themselves and for their peers. The students will be evaluated on their daily participation, classwork, homework, and participation in numerous performances throughout the semester as well as a performance at the end of each semester.

Course goals include helping students become confident performers as well as display intermediate dance technique, emotional/artistic expression in performance, and professional work habits in the context of performance.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Dance III - Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Completion of Dance II or approval of instructor


This Fine Arts/PE course is for the experienced dancer and audition is required for entry into this class. Dancers in this course are expected to work at an advanced dance level in both artistic and technical aspects of dance. This group will anchor all dance performances and will be included in collaborative performances with the choral and instrumental music departments. All performances are required and graded. Dancers will also be given opportunities to discover dance in their community by attending local performances and meeting industry professionals. There is a fee of $100 for this course.

Dance III students will be able to hone their artistic, performance skills while being expected to perform at a high level of technical ability.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Dance IV Honors - Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Completion of Dance III or approval of instructor


This Fine Arts/PE course is for the experienced dancer and audition is required for entry into this class. Dancers in this course are expected to work at an advanced dance level in both artistic and technical aspects of dance. This class will also include a writing element which will include the study of dance current events, history, and an extended research paper will be assigned. Two text books will be required for this course. This group, with Dance 3, will anchor all dance performances and will be included in collaborative performances with the choral and instrumental music departments. All performances are required and graded. Dancers will also be given opportunities to discover dance in their community by attending local performances and meeting industry professionals. Dancers in Dance IV will be expected to fulfill an internship requirement by acting as an assistant to an instructor at a local dance studio.


Dance IV students will be trained in both technical and academic aspects of dance. Additionally, pedagogy will be introduced in order to prepare dancers for careers in dance instruction.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Physical Education - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

In this course, students are given an opportunity to gain knowledge, learn skills, and participate in a variety of team and individual sports. Some of these sports include volleyball, basketball, flag-football, soccer, and paddle tennis. Emphasis is not only on the activity rules and skills, but also on social development and sportsmanship. Students are also introduced to and practice a variety of individual fitness assessments. Some of these fitness assessments include running the mile, and performing push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and the sit and reach. This course is designed to teach students the importance of life long fitness and how to apply the skills needed to their individual life styles. The class may be repeated for credit.

  • Semester/Year
  • 5/10 Credits

Sports and Fitness - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This PE course is designed for the students who wish to gain knowledge in the areas of sports and lifelong fitness activities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Yoga, Pilates, cardiovascular training, circuit training, swimming, flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, street hockey, kickball, and games. Basic rules, sportsmanship, social skills, and positive interactions will be emphasized. Nutrition and healthy lifestyles will also be covered in this class. A uniform will be required to participate in this class. This class may be repeated for credit.

  • Semester/Year
  • 5/10 Credits

Physical Education for the Athlete - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This PE elective course is for students who wish to participate on a JSerra athletic team. Coaches for the different athletic JSerra teams help create individualized programs for students who desire to be on their prospective teams. These students will practice and train for their sport with fellow teammates throughout this course. Students must receive approval from the coach in order to sign up for the class. The class may be repeated for credit.

  • Semester/Year
  • 5/10 Credits

Yoga & Pilates for Fitness - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for students who want to tone, strengthen, and increase their flexibility through the study of Yoga and Pilates. Students will learn breathing techniques, relaxation, and strengthening poses and exercises. Nutrition and healthy lifestyles will also be covered. Pilates movements and Yoga poses will be introduced as well as modifications to safely meet the needs of all students at any level of practice. Students will gain strength and flexibility through the use of various poses and breathing techniques. Students will learn stress management and relaxation exercises. A uniform will be required to participate in this class. This class may be repeated for credit.

  • Semester/Year
  • 5/10 Credits

Dance Team Class - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is for the experienced dancer and is available only to Pep Squad members. Dancers in this course are expected to work at an advanced dance level in both artistic and technical aspects of dance. This is purely a technique class, and students will be graded on attendance, participation, and improved technical ability throughout the length of the course. Students will be trained to become the most well-rounded technical dancers.

Students will be trained to become confident dancers who display advanced dance techniques.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
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