Physical Education, Health, and
Drivers Education

  • It is a state requirement that all high school students complete 3.5 credits of Physical Education and .5 credits of Health. Listed are required and choice classes for all grade levels followed by a course description.
  • To be eligible to receive a Batavia High School Diploma, a student must successfully complete the required Physical Education (3.5 credits) and Health (.5 credits) classes unless excused as provided in this policy. BHS Driver’s Education goes towards Physical Education credit and graduation requirement.

Freshman

Freshman PE (1 term)
Freshman Health (1 term)
*Courses run on an A/B schedule

Sophomore

Sophomore PE (1 term)
Choose one course from the following one term courses:
Accelerated PE (1 term)
Team Sports (1 Term)
Personal Fitness (1 term)
Driver’s Education (1 term)
*Course run on an A/B schedule

Junior/Senior Choices
(choose up to 1 semester)

Accelerated PE (1 term)
Advanced Health (1 term)
Adventure Education and Lifetime Sports (1 term)
Dance (1 term)
Team and Individual Sports (1 term)
Group Fitness (1 term)
Personal Fitness (1 term)
Junior Leaders Program (2 terms)
Senior Peer Leaders (Leader for VTP students) (2 terms)
Senior Peer Mentors (Leader for Freshmen Classes) (2 terms)
ABLE Peer Leaders (Jr/Sr, 2 Terms)
*A/B PE Classes will be Team Sports and Group Fitness for 2016-2017

Freshmen Courses

Freshman Physical Education
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr Required
All freshman students will be enrolled in one term of physical education along with one term of health education. All freshmen physical education classes will focus on fitness concepts including: the five components of fitness, heart rate, goal setting, and fitness movements. They will also participate in a variety of fitness, team and individual activities to supplement these concepts.

Health Education
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr Required
Fee: $15.00
The major goal of health education envisioned in this framework is the development of health literacy in all students. The curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore health problems and work cooperatively on tasks that develop an enhance their conceptual understanding. The curriculum will also provide students with the knowledge and skills that can lead to lifelong positive attitudes and behaviors related to health in the following areas: Human Ecology and health, Nutrition and Dental Health, Public and Environmental Health, Consumer Health, Safety Education and Disaster Survival, Emotional, Physiological and Psychological Health, Hygienic and Social Responsibilities, Physical Activity and Nutrition, prevention and abuse of Tobacco, Alcohol and other drugs including anabolic steroids,  Diseases and Disorders, Peer Relationships, Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention and Body Systems, Growth and Developments including the birth process, contraception and abstinence until marriage. Students will also receive CPR and AED training and an opportunity to be certified through the American Heart Association.

Sophomore Courses

Sophomore Physical Education
(1 term, .5 credit)
Level: Soph
Prerequisite: Required
This nine week program expands on the freshman physical education curriculum.  Throughout the nine weeks, students will be creating an eight week personalized fitness program that is aligned with Illinois Enhanced PE Standards.  Students will engage in fitness based activities and movements which can be included in their fitness plans.  They will be introduced to the following elective courses: Team and Individual Sports, Dance and Creative movements, Group Fitness, Adventure Education and Lifetime Sports, Personal Fitness, and Accelerated Physical Education.

Driver Education
Classroom: During classroom instruction, students will receive education on defensive driving and safety techniques. There is no charge for classroom driver  education. Classroom instruction will be available to all students during the school day of the semester in which they are scheduled. The Batavia High School’s Driver Education program follows the parameters established by the Illinois Secretary of State and the State Board of Education. The State requires a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction, and students that cannot fulfill this minimum due to absences will be dropped. The final course grade is determined by the student’s performance in the classroom. The behind-the-wheel phase is a separate evaluation. Successful completion of both parts of the program are requirements for obtaining a driver’s license.

Behind-the-Wheel
Lab Fee: $250
The behind-the-wheel scheduling will be done during the first two weeks of the semester. The State requires a minimum of six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and students that cannot fulfill this minimum due to absences will be dropped. Scheduling is done strictly by birth dates with the oldest students scheduled first. Students will be scheduled during all available teaching slots for behind-the-wheel during the school day. Additionally, before and after school instruction will be available to the students who cannot be scheduled during the school day. Any student who cannot be scheduled for the behind-the-wheel phase during the current semester will have the option of being scheduled during the summer session or the following semester. If your son/daughter does not receive behind-the-wheel during the current semester, at your discretion, he/she can begin to fulfill the state nine-month permit requirement. Also, at your discretion, your son/daughter may begin to acquire the 50 hours of additional driving time with an adult, which is also a prerequisite to obtaining a driver’s license.

Summer School: Behind-the-Wheel instruction is offered during the summer for students who were not scheduled during the school year. The session will begin approximately the second week of June and will run through the end of July.

Please Note: Illinois law requires students to be in classroom and behind-the-wheel a minimum number of hours. If a student is absent three (3) days from classroom or three (3) days from behind-the-wheel for the entire semester, the student will be unable to fulfill the state requirement and will be dropped from the program.

Junior, Senior and/or Sophomore Choices

All sophomores, juniors & seniors may select from the following classes to complete their physical education requirements each year.
Please make sure to read the level the course offering. 

Accelerated P.E.
(1 term, .5 Credit) There is an option for A/B Day
Prerequisite: You must have passed 3 or more of your fitness assessments.
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr
Accelerated PE covers the basics of weight training using an individualized strength program. All five components of physical fitness are covered/performed in the class daily. Students are responsible for learning basic concepts in the areas of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and nutrition. Upon exiting the course, students learn how to design a strength program based on their individual goals. By taking the class, you can learn how to be your own personal trainer. Accelerated PE can be taken for one or two terms. Terms do not have to be consecutive. For students in a sport, the best time to take the class is either during season or right before season.

Advanced Health
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Health Education
Level: Jr, Sr
Fee: $20.00
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The personal Wellness class is designed to promote a higher level of thinking for students regarding contemporary health issues and will also provide students with  the opportunity to expand on their current level of health and wellness. Students begin by evaluating their own level of health and more into areas of life skills, nutrition and noncommunicable diseases, human sexuality, drugs and society, health care issues, complementary medicine and environmental health. The foundation of the course will engage students in exploring the concepts of critical thinking and reflection through the investigation of current events and controversial issues in health and society. A number of teaching and learning strategies shall be used in the course including guided lecture and discussion, group work, journal writing, class presentations , hands on activities and projects, field trips, guest speakers and utilization of the internet to gain valid and reliable health information. (*Students will need to pay for transportation for any field trips they take.) This course may not be repeated. If a student does not meet the minimal requirements for an elective P.E. class, they may be removed from the selected elective and assigned a General P.E. class.

Adventure Education and Lifetime Sports and Activities
(1 term, .5 credit)
Level: Jr, Sr
Students will experience 10 stages toward helping students lead a physically active healthy lifestyle and positive character development through adventure activities and outdoor pursuits. Students will experience acquaintance activities, ice breakers, fair play communication problem solving, and trust.  Students may have an opportunity to experience low elements, ropes course high elements outdoor pursuit, and personal challenges – lifestyle changes. During this course, students will also experience other lifetime activities. Students will need to be dressed appropriately for activities (designated by the teacher). Students will  complete fitness assessments and fitness activities throughout the course.

Dance & Creative Movement
(1 term credit)
Level:  Jr, Sr
This course is designed for beginning/intermediate/advanced dancers.  In this class, students will be able to discover and select three different units of dance which could include the following; jazz, hip hop, ballet, social dance, improvisation and modern.  Students will also have the unique opportunity to study the history and origin of different dance styles.  Aerobic dance fitness and flexibility will be woven into daily activity to increase wellness for dancers based on the five fitness components; muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Dancers will have the opportunity to practice and develop turns, leaps and jumps at their own personal level to increase their skill set.  In the last unit of dance, students will discover how to create a group routine from start to finish including critical elements involved in choreography. Student’s will research a professional choreographer and pull from their art form to help inspire their unique choreography. At the end of the term, students will showcase their three unit dances for peers, parents and teachers. 

Group Fitness
(1 term .5 credit)
Level:  Jr, Sr
This is a unique course offering that emphasizes aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular endurance conditioning through individual and group settings. a variety of aerobics classes, body bars, resist bands, hand weights, walking/running, circuit training, body toning, and yoga. Activities and experiences vary according to the fitness level of each student. Based on the five major fitness components, students will be able to set goals, master activities and skills along with assessing their fitness levels.

Personal Fitness
(1 term, .5 credit)
Level: Soph,  Jr, Sr
This course is designed to optimize fitness levels for individuals to relay the importance of nutrition, proper movement, and safety. This course will improve the following attributes of fitness; strength, speed, endurance, stamina, coordination, power, balance, flexibility, accuracy, and agility. With the training methods used during class, success has been achieved by many individuals with varying skill levels and limitations. Anyone at any level of fitness will find their personal needs met with this individualized program. The training methods used in class will constantly be varied and always include functional movements which allows for linear progression without plateaus. Not only will this class improve all aspects of health related fitness it will also improve skill related fitness areas such as power, speed, agility, coordination, reaction time, and balance. Workouts are short in comparison to traditional training and will allow for game activity and proper cool downs. If optimizing your performance is a big goal, this is the class for you.

Team and Individual Sports
(1 term .5 credit)
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr
Students will participate in various team and individual sports and activities throughout the course. Students will learn a variety of skills, rules, sportsmanship and strategies. Sports and activities may vary depending on the season. Fitness concepts and fitness activities are emphasized throughout the course.

Peer Leader Programs

ABLE Peer Leaders (Juniors and Seniors)
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Level: Jr, Sr
ABLE stands for Ability Based Learning and Education. Students in the ABLE class each have complex learning abilities due to significant physical, cognitive and fragile medical conditions. Each student uses a manual wheelchair and relies on classroom staff and the peer leaders to assist with mobility and to be their hands and feet in playing and participating in adaptive physical education. We focus on what our students can do and not on their limitations. As an ABLE Peer Leader your role is to be a leader, mentor, role model, team player, friend and a bridge for our students to the rest of the BHS student body. ABLE Peer Leaders will assist students in the classroom working on arts and crafts, music activities, board games, and social activities. In the gym ABLE Peer Leaders will assist in playing a variety of sports, games and activities. This is a great gateway to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the field of special education, occupational therapy or physical therapy. This is a class that will foster life long friendships, a deeper understanding and acceptance of the challenges faced by the ABLE students. Students are not required to dress in PE clothes, but must wear tennis shoes in the gym.

Junior Leaders Program
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Level: Juniors only
Through an application process, students chosen for this course will be able to break down knowledge barriers by modifying games, activities, sports in order to develop a learning environment suitable for all students. The Junior Leader Program will prepare students to be Peer Mentors in Freshmen and Sophomore classes or be a Peer Leader in the BHS VTP class during their senior year. Students enrolled in this class will also be trained on technique analysis, game strategies, fitness concepts and teaching progressions. Students will develop a sense of responsibility for self and others, leadership skills and peer teaching. Students who are chosen to become Senior Peer Leaders/Mentors will be fully prepared and competent to be a leader for our BHS VTP students and for our freshmen and sophomore classes. This is a grassroots program of playing and competing together for fitness through physical education and builds respect that benefits all students in our school communities. As one peer partner has stated, “This class is life changing!”

Senior Physical Education Leaders
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: By application and Jr. Leaders
Level: Sr 

Peer Leaders
Students who are selected to be a Peer Leader will support breaking down knowledge barriers by modifying games/activities/sports in order to develop a learning environment suitable for all. This class includes daily interactive teaching with students who have complex needs in areas such as physical, communication or social interaction.  Through social interaction and communication, Peer Leaders and students with disabilities often find that they have many things in common which fosters friendships inside and outside of school.  This is a grassroots program of playing and competing together for fitness through physical education and builds respect that benefits all students in our school communities. As one peer partner has stated, “This class is life changing!”

PE Peer Mentors
Senior students who have been selected to be a Peer Mentor for Freshmen and Sophomore PE classes will be a resource for the physical education teacher. They will be responsible for leading warm-up activities, assisting with fitness assignments and concepts, helping students with skill development and be a positive role model for their freshmen or sophomore group members. Students will be required to dress daily.