Academy – Exercise Science Department

Integrated exercise & physical education

Department Overview

The Exercise Science department equips students to be physically active, acquiring the knowledge, skills, and disciplines that will last with them throughout life. We seek to provide a holistic education that includes the physical body. Exercise science promotes individual well-being and solutions that overcome patterns of inactivity. It builds knowledge and practices that will improve fitness levels, overall physical activity, help in maintaining weight, and impact health in a positive way overall.

Below are ways our exercise science touches the lives of our students at every grade level:

  • Physical education for Pre-K through 12th
  • Daily recess for Pre-K through 5th
  • Physical activity integrated with classroom activities
  • Before and after school programs promoting physical activity and fun
  • Athletics
  • Fitness assessments
  • Encouragement of outdoor walks and lessons outside (weather permitting)

Physical Education

Fitness for Life (Semester)

High School

This class emphasizes how to stay fit and learn workouts that a student can do throughout his/her life in a fun and encouraging way. It is a combination of gaining a knowledge and confidence in weight training, stretching, jump training, cardiovascular fitness, circuit training, core work, and sport workouts. All nine major muscles groups will be targeted and students will be expected to log their fitness workouts. This is a class that can be taken again if it fits in the student’s schedule.




Physical Education

Health (Semester)

High School

Health is a course that will guide students through the many dimensions of health and wellness. Students will gain an understanding of the five components of health (physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and social), will develop skills needed in confronting difficult health-related situations, and will understand health promotion techniques that will establish a solid personal health in the five areas.




Physical Education

PE (Semester)

High School

Physical Education is a required class. Students are introduced to team and individual sports. The concepts of proper dynamic/ static stretching, cardio work, and specialized sport skills are presented. A variety of sports are studied such as volleyball, soccer, flag football, weight-lifting, running, basketball, and softball. PE is a one semester class.




Physical Education

Strength Development (Semester)

High School

The focus of this class is to teach the proper use of strength development equipment and techniques including free weights, machines, and circuit training, and cardio work. The goal is to expose students to the benefits of strength training in the areas of increased strength, muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, and cardio-vascular fitness. Instruction is provided in the identification of the nine major muscle groups and exercises to work each of them. Students are expected to log fitness workouts. This is a semester class that can be taken again if it fits in the student’s schedule.




Physical Education

Team Sports (Semester)

High School

The focus of this class is to teach students the ruled, strategies, and techniques of several team sports. They will also learn proper scorekeeping and officiating for the targeted sports. Students will also learn to play the sport in a team setting. Sports may include basketball, volleyball, football, and soccer.