Physical Education, Health, and
Drivers Education

Freshman
Freshman PE (1 term)
Select from the following one term courses:
Freshman Health (1 term)
Driver’s Education (1 term)

Sophomore
Select from the following courses:
Accelerated PE (1 term)
Personal Fitness (1 term)
Health (1 term)-if not taken freshman year
Team Sports (1 term)
Accelerated PE (1 term)
Driver’s Education (1 term)

Junior/Senior Choices
Select from the following courses:
Accelerated PE (1 term)
Advanced Health (1 term)
Group Fitness (1 term)
Personal Fitness (1 term)
Adventure Education and Lifetime Sports (1 term)
Team and Individual Sports (1 term)
Driver’s Education (1 term A/B Only)
ABLE Leaders Program (2 terms) 2018-19 only
Junior Leaders Program (2 terms)
Senior Peer Leaders (2 terms) 2018-19 only

  • 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 Physical Education (A/B Day)  (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 (A/B Day) (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr or Soph 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 and 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: Mental/Emotional Health (including suicide prevention); Nutrition & Physical Activity; Prevention and Abuse of Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs; Diseases and Disorders; Peer Relationships; Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention; and Growth and Developments (including the birth process, contraception and abstinence until marriage). Students will also receive CPR and AED training for adults, children, and infants. Students will have the opportunity to be certified through the American Heart Association.

Driver Education (A/B Day)
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $250
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: 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.

Class Selection for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

All sophomores, juniors & seniors may select from the following classes to complete their physical education requirements each year. 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 different P.E. class.

Accelerated P.E.  (Offered all 4 terms .5 Credit) There is an option for A/B Day
Prerequisite:  Current BHS athletes, students looking into careers that will require a certain level of physical fitness such as the military, firefighter, police officer, or sports medicine field.
Levels: 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: $10
Book: Online resources
This personal Wellness class is designed to promote a higher level of thinking for students regarding health topics and will also provide students with the opportunity to expand their current level of health and wellness.  Students begin by evaluating their own level of health and more into areas of mental illness, nutrition, and noncommunicable/ communicable diseases, human sexuality, drugs and society, healthcare 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 class discussions, group work, class presentations, hands-on activities, and projects, field trips, numerous guest speakers (health field experts) and utilization of the internet to gain valid and reliable health information. 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, icebreakers, 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.

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.

Physical Education Leadership Program

Junior Leaders Program  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Level: Juniors only
Note: This course will be a prerequisite for VTP leaders, PE Leaders, and ABLE Leaders in 2019-2020
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 Freshman and Sophomore classes, a Peer Leader in the BHS VTP, or an ABLE Peer leader 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, our freshman and sophomore classes, and our ABLE PE. 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!”

Peer Leaders for VTP, (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Jr. Leaders Program
Level: Seniors Only
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 for PE,  (2 terms, 1 credit),
Prerequisite: Jr. Leaders Program
Level: Seniors Only
Senior students who have been selected to be a Peer Mentor for Freshman 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 freshman or sophomore group members. Students will be required to dress daily.

ABLE Peer Leaders, (2 terms, 1 credit),
Prerequisite: For 2018-19 school year there is no prerequisite.  Jr. Leaders Program will be the prerequisite for 2019-2020 school year
Level: Seniors Only
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.