Health, Physical Education and Aquatics Department

  • Physical Education

    As an integral part of the total education program, Physical Education promotes the growth, health and development of each individual physically, mentally and socially. In order to complete graduation requirements, all students must participate in and earn a minimum of 0.5 credits of Physical Education each year.

    Health

    Health is an important part of the Wellness curriculum. Students will begin health in ninth grade (.5 credits) and finish the full health credit in tenth grade (.5 credits). These courses focus on strategies for academic and emotional well being and success.

    Aquatics

    Radnor’s natatorium allows us to offer a semester of swimming to our tenth grade and various aquatic selective courses for our eleventh and twelfth grades. Tenth grade swimming is integrated into the tenth grade PE course and is required for all tenth graders, while the selective offerings are only available for eleventh and twelfth grade students. Ninth grade students will take a swim test during their ninth grade year for swim level placement. If a student places at the advanced level, he/she will be allowed to choose from the following PE electives in lieu of Advanced Swimming: Personal Training and Physical Fitness, Lifeguarding and CPR, Swimming Selective and Fitness for Athletes. Note: If any student does not pre-test into a swim level, he/she will be automatically placed in Beginner Swimming for safety purposes.

9th-Grade Offerings

  • Ninth Grade Health & Wellness (05050641)
    (05050641 Health/05050642 Wellness)


    1.0 Credit (0.5 Health/0.5 PE); Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 9

    The ninth grade course focuses on transitioning our students to the high school with an integrated Health and Wellness course. The health component includes units on Study Skills, Stress and Stress Management, Time Management, Goalsetting, Character Development, Learning Strategies specific to each student, and Mental Health. Mental Health topics include: Responsible-Decision Making, Peer Pressure, Resistance Skills, Emotions and Conflict Resolution. The Wellness component includes units that focus on team sports, cooperative play and an introduction to weight training. Students will participate in a swim test at the end of the year to determine their tenth grade placement for swimming. If a student places at the advanced level, they will be allowed to choose from the following PE electives in lieu of Advanced Swimming: Personal Training and Physical Fitness, Lifeguarding and CPR, Swimming Selective and Fitness for Athletes.

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10th-Grade Offerings

  • Tenth Grade Health/Swimming
    (05050622 Health/05050645 Beginner Swimming, 05060646 Intermediate
    Swimming)


    1.0 Credit (0.5 Health/0.5 PE); Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10


    The tenth grade health component is a continuation of the ninth grade health class. It complements the Mental Health unit and enriches character development while focusing on other topics. Topics include: Nutrition, Chemical Choices, Sexuality and CPR/First Aid and Safety. One outcome of this course is for each student to be CPR certified by the American Red Cross. The tenth grade Physical Education requirement includes one semester in the pool and one semester in the gym. The swimming component is divided into two levels; beginner and intermediate. These levels will be assessed during their ninth grade year. If a student places at the advanced level, they will be allowed to choose from the following PE electives in lieu of Advanced Swimming: Personal Training and Physical Fitness, Lifeguarding and CPR, Swimming Selective and Fitness for Athletes. The semester of physical activity in the gym includes units based on team sports and life-time activities.

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10th-, 11th- and 12th-Grade Elective Offerings

  • Personal Training and Physical Fitness (05060700)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Students must have a “B” average in PE and Teacher Recommendation; sophomores must also test at the advanced level on the swim test


    The course is aligned with content for a personal training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). This certification will allow the student to become a certified personal trainer. This will enable the student to plan and implement exercise programs for healthy individuals or those who have medical clearance to exercise. A Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) facilitates motivation and adherence as well as develops and administers programs designed to enhance muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and/or any of the motor skills related components of physical fitness. Students are required to know and understand basic human anatomy and kinesiology. Assessments for this course include the development of a comprehensive fitness program and tests through ACSM certification. Several projects assess student understanding of presented materials. After completion of high school and CPR training, students may obtain their certification at the age of eighteen.

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  • Lifeguarding & CPR (05060671)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Swim 12 laps without stopping. Retrieve a 10 lb. brick from deep end and swim 20 yards on return, sophomores must also test at the advanced level on the swim test

    This class offers a complete Lifeguard Training Course that includes First Aid and CPR/AED. Students must pass all practical and written requirements to receive their American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate.

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  • Swimming Selective (05060672)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Sophomores must test at the advanced level on the swim test


    Various activities including intra-class swim meet, triathlon competition, water polo, water games, synchronized swimming, and diving are covered in this class. Cardiovascular fitness is promoted throughout the course with a variety of relays and water games.

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  • Fitness for Athletes (05060636)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Sophomores must test at the advanced level on the swim test

    Fitness for athletes is a course designed to meet a student-athlete’s needs. It is for a highly motivated athlete who wants to succeed in his/her sport. The course will cover nutrition, goal setting, weight training, injury prevention and rehabilitation. The class will also cover sport psychology strategies such as visualization. Some units throughout the school year will be about sportsmanship, character development, and time management skills for academic success. The daily class activity will be predicated on the student’s extra-curricular athletic commitments.

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11th-, 12th-Grade Elective Offerings

  • PE 11/12


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    Grade(s): 11, 12

    A variety of individual, dual, fitness, and game activities are offered. The emphasis for eleventh and twelfth grade physical education is on
    improving fitness in a safe and enjoyable environment to promote a lifetime pursuit of physical activity and wellness.

     

    • Team Sports Option (05060631)


    This option will focus on the techniques, tactics, and dynamics of a variety of team sports. Cardiovascular fitness and positive group interactions will be developed through team activity. Students choosing this option should expect to participate in a safe and competitive environment to challenge them individually while working collectively with teammates towards a unified goal. Activities may include floor hockey, basketball, soccer, handball, speedball, rugby, flag football, flag games, softball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and others.

    • Individual and Dual Sports (05060632)


    This option will focus on the techniques, tactics and dynamics of a variety of individual, dual and fitness activities. Cardiovascular fitness and positive group interactions will be developed through individual or partner activities. Students choosing this option should expect to focus on self challenge in a safe and encouraging environment. Activities may include tennis, badminton, golf, archery, bowling, self-defense, dance, rollerblading, cross-country skiing, biking, fitness/circuit training, weight training, power walking, Tai Chi, and yoga.

    • Selective P.E. Weight Training (05060633)


    The major emphasis of the course is placed on muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Students will be able to create their own workout programs tailored to their specific needs. Students will also be able to rehab current injuries, and create a more flexible schedule when in a current sports season.

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Other Offerings

  • Adaptive Physical Education (05060695)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    Teacher Recommendation


    The Adaptive Physical Education program is designed to meet individual needs of the student and focuses on students’ abilities in indoor, outdoor, and aquatic environments. Teachers and students work together to develop and set appropriate individual goals. Activities include adapted manipulative patterns, adapted locomotor movements, adapted perceptual-motor skills, and adapted physical fitness.

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