North Kansas City Schools believes healthy, physically active students perform better in school.
At the elementary level, Physical Education and Health are part of Encore Classes in which all students participate. Students have two 30-minute periods of physical education and one 30-minute period of health during a five-day rotation.
To learn more about the goals of district Physical Education and Health classes for K-5 elementary students, see your student's school handbook.
The middle school Physical Education program is an academic subject designed to incorporate the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning domains for each student. The program serves to support and enhance the knowledge, fitness levels, motor skill, personal/social skills and attitude of each student. The goal of Physical Education is to provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary that develop and maintain the core values of having a lifetime of healthy habits, wellness and to sustain an active lifestyle. Students will participate in a variety of fitness activities and learn to appreciate the value of an active life to improve their personal level of fitness. In Physical Education, students also will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate successfully in lifetime activities, team and individual sports. All courses will emphasize the importance of safety, cooperation and sportsmanship.
Sixth grade students are engaged in physical education classes every other day during the school year. Seventh and eighth grade students engage in physical education activities on alternating days for 36 weeks while Health is studied on alternating days for 18 weeks.
Each of the diplomas offered by NKC Schools require at least one credit of Physical Education and a half-credit of Health. During each school year as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, students may choose to take health, adaptive physical education, aerobics, general physical education, strength and conditioning or team sports.
To learn more about the goals of district Physical Education and Health classes, view the high school Career and Planning Education Program.