Physical Education & Health

Physical Education

Lifetime Fitness

Lifetime Fitness is a required semester-long PE class that meets during the regular school day. 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. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to use our weight room independently. For students who are involved in a significant physical activity through the year (examples: ballet, gymnastics, all-season team sport), it is possible to apply for a Lifetime Fitness Waiver (see Appendix). Students may take Lifetime Fitness a second time to meet their PE requirement. (Fall or spring semester)

Beginning Tennis

This elective 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. (Fall semester, after school)

Independent PE

Independent PE credit is an option for students engaged in regular, coached athletics outside of school. Examples include club soccer, gymnastics, and dance. Students must apply to the PE department using the application (see Appendix). Students may apply for credit for either fall or spring semester. The activity must last approximately 15 weeks for an average of seven hours or more each week, totaling at least 100 hours. A coach or supervisor other than a parent or friend will be asked to confirm that requirements have been met before credit is awarded. A student may only receive credit if the activity is not offered at Catlin Gabel during the term requested. It is not possible to combine two activities on an application.

PE Credit through Athletics

Students participating in Catlin Gabel athletics are eligible to receive one semester of PE credit at the end of their second season of competition. To receive credit, the student must have regular attendance to practices and games and participate fully as a member of the team. The coach verifies whether or not the student passes each season, and the Athletics department will confirm with the Registrar when credit should be awarded.

PE Credit through the Outdoor Program

New for the 2019-2020 school year, you can receive a PE credit for going on outdoor trips! Students can earn up to one semester-credit for participation in the Outdoor Program while in the Upper School. Here’s how it works:

  • Listed in each trip description of the outdoor program catalogue are the number of hours each trip provides that can count toward your PE credit.
  • In order to receive 0.5 PE semester credit, you need to reach 48 hours total (roughly three weekend trips during the year or one week-long trip during the summer).
  • On the sign-up forms that come out each season, there will be a place for you to indicate if you’d like to receive PE credit for the trip. We’ll tally up the total number of trips/hours and submit to the registrar by the end of the year.
  • For rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Summer 2019 trips will be the launch of this new program, and can count toward credits for the 19-20 school year.


Health 9

Health 9 is required semester-long course for ninth grade students that meets on alternating days with WINGs and Foundations. We will center our learning around three human body systems: the digestive system, the reproductive system, and the nervous system. We will study digestive system anatomy and physiology as a springboard for discussing nutrition. Using this knowledge, we will approach nutrition from a biochemical standpoint by discussing how the body processes the different types of macromolecules in the foods we eat. Next, we will root our knowledge about the reproductive system in anatomy and physiology. The course will provide comprehensive coverage of contraceptive methods and “safer sex” methods. We will learn about the health impacts of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to prevent contracting or spreading STIs. We will also spend some time exploring identity – such as the differences among sex, gender, gender expression, and sexuality – and stressing the importance of consent. Lastly, we will discuss the effects that drugs (including alcohol) can have on the nervous system. Students will discuss the impacts that various drugs can have on the body, with special emphasis placed on how certain drugs can affect the developing brain. (Fall or spring semester)

Health 10

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. (Fall or spring semester)