Physical Education

Physical Education is pumping – the heart, that is. Whether choosing to be fit, learning a new game, developing specific skills, or just having fun with friends, movement is at the heart of leading a physically active lifestyle.

The goal of the Academy Physical Education Department is to help students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Empowering students to take control of their personal fitness is a primary goal of the Physical Education program.

A physically literate individual:

  • Demonstrates competency in a variety of skills
  • Applies knowledge of movement concepts and principles
  • Demonstrates a health-enhancing level of fitness
  • Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior
  • Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge and self-expression

The Physical Education Department encourages students to experience a variety of activities that complement their personal interests as well as challenge them physically.

Graduation Requirements

Two credits or four semesters are required for graduation. There are four categories from which students may choose to earn their credits: In School (ISPE), After School (ASPE), Athletics (ILH), and Summer School.

The one course that all students are required to take is Lifetime Fitness. It is a fitness-related course, offered during regular school hours as well as summer school, and must be completed by the end of the 10th grade year.

Students are also expected to complete a CPR certification class and Survival Swim Test prior to graduation. Both are offered through Lifetime Fitness.

It is highly recommended that Lifetime Fitness be taken before any ISPE course.

Course Offerings

Lifetime Fitness (Physical Education)

Lifetime Fitness is designed to engage students in fitness activities that encourage healthy exercise habits, enhance an understanding of the basic components of physical fitness, allow for application of these concepts into a lifetime activity plan, and help develop an appreciation for the benefits and values of being physically active. Activities featured are swimming, weight training and running, and may include functional training exercises. Heart rate monitors are used regularly to assist students in examining the effects of exercise and offer a means of integrating technology that promotes and supports physical activity. Students are encouraged to engage in regular exercise outside of class and utilize personal goals to develop an exercise program that is appropriate for them.

Students meet three times a cycle for activities and once a cycle in a large group setting. The large group session is designed to allow for different teaching methods such as media presentations, guest speakers, classroom activities, computer applications, and written assessments. Topics that are presented and discussed include: components of physical fitness, principles of training, nutrition, goal setting and consumer issues.

Completion of a CPR certification class and Survival Swim Test are requirements of this course. Those unable to pass the swim test at this time are encouraged to obtain additional instructions as they will be re-tested prior to graduation. CPR certification is required to receive course credit at the end of the semester. Classes are offered after school at no charge.

Open to Grades 9, 10. Semester course. One-half credit. Letter graded with a Credit/No Credit option (C+ or better for credit). Satisfies Physical Education graduation requirement.

FIT: Fitness through Independent Training (Physical Education)

Students must apply during the registration period prior to being enrolled in FIT.

With the instructor’s assistance, students develop an individual exercise program that best reflects their interests and personal goals. In following this program, students engage in regular activities on and off campus, keep weekly exercise journals, regularly monitor individual program goals, and complete other related projects. Students are expected to demonstrate effective self-management skills that enable them to participate in physical activity on a regular basis. Classes are scheduled to meet twice per cycle.

Open to Grades 11, 12. Prerequisites: Completion of Lifetime Fitness, approval by PE Department Faculty and Academy Deans; may not be taken in conjunction with an ILH sport or another PE course. Semester course. One-half credit. Letter graded with a Credit/No Credit option (C+ or better for credit). Satisfies Physical Education graduation requirement.

ASPE: After-School Physical Education (Physical Education)

This program provides an opportunity for students to explore and engage in unique lifetime activities outside of the regular school day. Students elect activities by quarter and may combine activities from any two quarters to fulfill a semester credit. Many instructors are professionals in the community who provide their services to our students through this physical education program. Besides learning the related concepts and principles of movement, students practice and understand the basic skills, rules and strategies and their application as a lifetime fitness activity.

Classes meet two times per week, beginning with the first meeting day in each quarter (Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday). Evaluation is based on active participation in each class as well as skill/performance/ knowledge. Activities may include ballet, Bollywood, bowling, capoeira, fencing, gymnastics, hiking, hula, Middle Eastern dance, racquetball, sailing, stand-up paddling, surfing, tai chi and zumba. Students in ballet need to also sign up with the Dance School.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Lifetime Fitness. Quarter course. One-quarter credit. Only ASPE quarters may be combined for semester credit. Credit/No Credit (C+ or better for credit). Satisfies Physical Education graduation requirement.

ILH (Extra-curricular) (Physical Education ILH)

This athletic program involves student participation and competition in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH). Individuals must be deemed eligible to participate by the Athletic Department and fulfill basic participation requirements in order to earn credit. These requirements include being present and actively participating in a minimum of 75% of all required team sessions and participate in at least one officially scheduled competition. Start and end dates for each season are provided by the Athletics Department.

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Semester course. One-half credit. Credit/No Credit (C+ or better for credit). Satisfies Physical Education graduation requirement, although the same sport may not be used for credit more than twice. (Air Riflery and Precision Air Riflery count as the same sport.)

ISPE: In-School Physical Education (Physical Education)


ISPE is comprised of a number of classes that offer students a chance to select activities of their choice. They may be activities that are familiar or unfamiliar, or they may be something that a student would like to learn more about. In each class, students learn to develop proficiency in skills and various movement forms, incorporate tactics, concepts and strategies in situations relative to the activity, as well as demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior. They are also encouraged to engage in regular exercise outside of class and utilize personal goals to develop an exercise program that is appropriate for them. The ultimate goal is that these experiences help students to become confident and competent enough to participate in and enjoy a variety of activities in recreational settings. To support out-of-class participation, several facilities are available for student use (under certain conditions), i.e. pool, racquetball courts, tennis courts and weight room.

Lifetime Fitness provides many concepts fundamental to the P.E. curriculum and is recommended before taking an ISPE class. It is a requirement for Yoga I.

1st Semester 2nd Semester
Basic Yoga Plus
Field Sports / Weight Training
Indoor Sports
Water Sports / Weight Training
Yoga I*
Basic Yoga Plus
PEP
Racquetball / Tennis
Yoga I*

Open to Grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisites: see descriptions. Semester course. One-half credit. Letter graded with a Credit/No Credit option (C+ or better for credit). * Satisfies Physical Education graduation requirement and Spiritual, Ethical, Community Responsibility graduation requirement.

1st Semester 2nd Semester
Yoga II
Yoga II Hybrid
Yoga II
Yoga II Hybrid

Open to Grades 10, 11, 12. Prerequisites: see descriptions. Semester course. One-half credit. Letter graded with a Credit/No Credit option (C or better for credit). Satisfies Physical Education graduation requirement and Spiritual, Ethical, Community Responsibility graduation requirement.

ISPE: Activity Offerings

 

Basic Yoga Plus

This course introduces students to a variety of methods in developing strength, flexibility, balance and a sense of vitality and well-being. Students experience the physical aspects of yoga through various yoga postures (asanas). Other movement styles (i.e. Pilates, stability ball/medicine ball/foam roller exercises) that develop proper posture, body alignment and function in relationship to the efficiency of movement will be integrated in the second half of the semester.

Field Sports/Weight Training

For this course, it is especially important for students to complete the Lifetime Fitness course first.

Field Sports: Sport activities include lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, touch rugby, etc. This is for the student who enjoys team sports in an outdoor setting.

Weight Training: This unit builds upon the weight training unit taught in Lifetime Fitness, adding a broader range of exercise methods and eventually allowing for more individual workouts.

Indoor Sports

Sport activities include volleyball, basketball, Pickleball and badminton. This is for the student who enjoys a variety of team sports and individual/dual sports held in indoor settings. Other non-traditional games may be included such as floor hockey and team handball.

PEP: Physical Exercise through Play

In this course students experience a variety of activities with an emphasis on playing hard and having fun while staying fit. PEP is a good match for those students who appreciate regularly scheduled exercise and are open to participating in traditional as well as non-traditional games and activities. It is a full semester, where activities reflect the interests of the students in the class. Activities may include: basketball, cardio workouts, floor hockey, hiking, ice skating, team handball, tennis, ultimate, water polo, yoga, etc.

Racquetball/Tennis

In this racquet-related course students learn the rules, fundamental skills, strategies and etiquette of each sport for both singles and doubles play. Lead-up activities progress to full-court games and tournament play, giving students a chance to develop skills that enable them to feel confident in their game play.

Yoga I (SECR Course)

This course allows students to explore how yoga can help nourish the mind, body and spirit. Students learn the actions involved to create a strong foundation as they perform a wide range of postures (standing, seated, forward bends, twists, inversions, arm balances). Mindfulness practices are introduced to help relax and de-stress the body, and cultivate peace of mind.

Foundational principles for living a meaningful and purposeful life are introduced through Patanjali's Eightfold path of Yoga. As students examine, reflect and discuss these principles, they learn how to apply them in their everyday life situations. Students acquire yoga tools to create balance in the body and in their life.

Prerequisite: Lifetime Fitness.

Yoga II (SECR Course)

This course is designed for students who have completed Yoga I and would like to continue their yoga practice at a deeper level. Emphasis is placed on the seven chakras, the energy centers of the body. Students learn the characteristics and functions for each chakra. They gain an understanding of how each chakra is an integral part of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. This practice allows students to discover how chakras can be activated and balanced to promote health, vitality and harmony.

Prerequisite: Yoga I or Introduction to Yoga (summer course). Subscription to an online instructional site will be required.

Yoga II Hybrid (SECR Course)

This course is a blend of both traditional classroom instruction and online learning activities, and is designed for students who would like to continue their yoga practice at a deeper level and establish a regular yoga practice on a more personal level. Students meet in class once a cycle and complete physical activity and assignments online in lieu of classtime hours. This hybrid structure allows for more flexibility in students' schedules. Those who sign up for this course should be willing to take on new challenges and be self-motivated with good time management skills.

The course builds upon Yoga I with the physical practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting. Learning focus is on the seven Chakras (the energy centers of the body) and how they are an integral part of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Prerequisite: Yoga I. Subscription to an online instructional site and access to reliable high-speed internet required.