Physical education is an important component of the educational school day, and current brain research supports the importance of physical activity at school to promote learning. Research also shows that children and adolescents who are physically active grow into healthier adults. The outcome of a developmentally and instructionally appropriate program of physical education is a physically educated person.
Physical Education in Orange County Public Schools is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned program in accordance with Florida Sunshine State Standards.
Beginning with the 2007 - 08 school year, Florida required 150 minutes per week of physical education for elementary school students. Elementary physical education focuses on movement, cooperative learning, and manipulatives to enhance body and fitness awareness. Athletics are not allowed in elementary schools per district policy.
Middle school students are provided the opportunity to learn through the application of movement skills, fitness concepts, and team related activities which enhance decision making. Psychological and sociological concepts are the cornerstone of the middle school physical education program.
9th Grade Physical Education students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and competency in motor skills, movement patterns and strategies needed to perform dual and individual sports, rhythms/dance and aquatics. Students will achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstrating knowledge of fitness concepts, principles and strategies.
The high school H.O.P.E. course (Health Opportunities through Physical Education) incorporates the key components of Life Management Skills and the Personal Fitness. HOPE is offered to develop and enhance healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices and student health and fitness. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles and strategies as they apply to learning and performance of physical activities.
Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student with Psychomotor, Cognitive and Affective benefits. It also helps students to make informed choices and understand the value of leading a physically active lifestyle.