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Health 9
Health 9 is required for all freshmen and meets through the year on alternating days with Foundations, Study Group and Lifetime Fitness. The major topics of Health 9 focus on two parts.

Human Sexuality: Students learn about human anatomy and physiology, as well as the psychological and social aspects of sexuality. Students study behaviors that maintain and improve relationships. Course content includes accurate information about and discussion of healthy sexual behavior and choices, STDs, conception and contraception, rape and sexual harassment, sexual orientation, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS. 

Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles: Students examine answers to current questions about healthy living. Students learn how a well-balanced diet is important for maintaining good health and disease prevention. There is a particular focus on adolescent eating habits, especially junk foods and snacking. At the end of the unit, students use a computer program to analyze their eating habits over a three-day period. Results are compared to the Recommended Daily Allowance for their individual profiles.

Health 10: Social Influences of Behavior
Health 10 is required for all sophomores. Students learn that mental and physical health are essential to their future happiness, are not automatic, and must be actively maintained. Information about substance abuse issues, dealing with emotions, stress management skills, and communication with family and friends is introduced.

Physical Education

During the Day Offerings

Lifetime Fitness
Lifetime Fitness is required for graduation, and all freshmen take Lifetime Fitness. This course provides an introduction to the components of physical fitness, including cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and agility. Each student maintains a personal exercise workout journal, tracks progress, assesses level of physical fitness, and sets personal goals.

TRX Training (Winter Trimester)
This class is an exercise class using suspension training body weight exercises that build body strength, flexibility, and core strength at the same time. Read more about TRX at

Performance Fitness (Fall and Spring Trimesters)
Performance fitness is a core-strength, functional-training fitness class. The goal of this class is to gain physical competence in key areas of physical fitness including: endurance, strength, flexibility, coordination, agility and balance. Students train using a variety of equipment including kettle bells, medicine balls, dumbbells, physioballs, spin bikes, tread mills, TRX, and rowing machines. Functional training emphasizes exercises that use many muscle groups and movement patterns that simulate the demands of our bodies in daily life and sports.

Co-Ed Volleyball, Badminton, Tennis (Winter Trimester)
This PE class includes instruction in basic and advanced volleyball, badminton, and tennis skills and scrimmage games.

Disc Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and Tennis (Fall and Spring Trimesters)
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee. The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, least number of throws. With Ultimate Frisbee, students will learn beginning and advanced techniques and compete against each other in scrimmage matches.

After School Offerings

Beginning Tennis (Fall Trimester)
This course teaches students who are new to the game the fundamentals of tennis. Instruction will include the proper technique and key mechanical components to successfully hit forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads. Drills and team match play, rules, and etiquette are included.

Fitness by Design (Winter Trimester)
Workout in the weight room with a personalized workout regime or join a group instructor-led workout.

Yoga (Spring Trimester)
Co-ed Yoga is an after-school elective for students wishing to learn the practice of yoga. No previous knowledge required. A fee will be charged to student accounts.

POM / Dance (Fall and Winter Trimesters)
This is a co-ed group who meets regularly to choreographed dances, learn cheers, and promote school spirit. If you have any interest in dance, screaming for our Eagles, or if you just love to perform, this group is for you.

Outdoor Program

OLA: Outdoor Leadership and Adventure (Fall Trimester)
The program is a group-oriented effort to expose students to new skills and experiences associated with outdoor education. It is progressive and is designed so that individual sessions build on previous ones. Attendance at all events is important for success, for both the individual and the group. Activities include a ropes and challenge course, orienteering, GPS work, canoeing, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, rappelling, ecology, hiking, route finding, and mountain biking. To meet a one-term PE requirement, a student must participate in 36 hours of OLA activities. There is one required weekend trip over the course of the term.

Rock Climbing (Winter Trimester)
Students learn the basics of climbing and belay techniques, equipment maintenance, climbing safety, and risk assessment. A fee will be charged to student accounts.

Independent PE

Independent PE credit is an option for students who are engaged in regular, coached athletics outside of school. Examples include club soccer, gymnastics, and dance. Students must apply to the PE department for this program and may complete coursework during the fall, winter, and/or spring trimesters, as well as over the summer. For guidelines on independent PE credit, click here.

Interscholastic Sports

Team sports are no-cut at Catlin Gabel; everyone is invited to participate, regardless of skill level or prior experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in many interscholastic sports, including:

Boys Girls
Baseball Volleyball
Basketball Basketball
Cross-Country Cross-Country
Golf Golf
Ski Team Ski Team
Soccer Soccer
Swim Team Swim Team
Track and Field
Track and Field

Seasonal Calendar 

PE, health, and sports at Catlin Gabel operate on a trimester schedule. The fall trimester runs from the first day of school to Thanksgiving break; the winter trimester runs from Thanksgiving to spring break; the spring trimester begins the day after spring break and ends on the last day of school. (Spring sports often begin practice before spring break.)




PE/Health Classes PE/Health Classes PE/Health Classes
During the Day: During the Day: During the Day:
Health 9 / Lifetime Fitness  Health 9 / Lifetime Fitness  Health 9 / Lifetime Fitness 
Health 10 Health 10 Health 10
Performance Fitness TRX Training Performance Fitness
Disc Golf, Ultimate Frisbee Co-Ed Volleyball, Badminton, Tennis Disc Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis
After School:
After School:
After School:
Beginning Tennis
Rock Climbing (fee)
Fitness by Design
Yoga (fee)


Interscholastic Sports Interscholastic Sports Interscholastic Sports
Cross-Country Basketball Baseball
Soccer Ski Team (fee) Golf (fee)
Volleyball Swim Team Tennis