Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical education is an important component of the educational school day. Current brain research supports the importance of physical activity during school to promote learning. Research also shows that children and adolescents who are physically active grow into healthier adults. The outcome of a physical education program that is developmentally and instructionally appropriate is a student with the knowledge to lead a healthy and active lifestyle for their lifetime.

Physical Education in Orange County Public Schools is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned program using the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as a guide.

Beginning 2007 - 08 school year, Florida required 150 minutes per week of physical education for elementary school students. Elementary physical education focuses on movement competency, cognitive abilities, lifetime fitness, and responsible behaviors and values. Our district policy states athletics are not permitted in elementary schools.

Middle school students are provided the opportunity to learn through the application of movement competency, cognitive abilities, lifetime fitness, and responsible behaviors and values.

Psychological and sociological concepts are the cornerstone of the middle school physical education program.

H.O.P.E. (Health Opportunities through Physical Education) is the High School course. The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices and student health and fitness. Students realize the full benefit of this course because it is taught with an integrated approach.

In addition to the physical education content represented in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, specific health education topics within this course include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental/Social Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Components of Physical Fitness
  • Nutrition and Wellness Planning
  • Diseases and Disorders
  • Health Advocacy
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Prevention
  • Human Sexuality including Abstinence and HIV
  • Internet Safety

Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student with Psychomotor, Cognitive and Affective benefits. Physical activity is like "miracle grow for the brain" states John Ratey. It doesn't make the student learn, but it gives the student an advantage to learn. The student also learns how to live an active and healthy lifestyle, recognize and model responsible behaviors and develop or enhance life values.

Contact Information

Brenda Christopher-Muench
Resource Teacher,
Health and Physical Education
407-317-3200 Ext. 2002786

[email protected]