Elementary School

Children running in a field during Physical Education class.

The elementary curriculum is built around skill themes such as:

  • Striking
  • Balancing
  • Traveling
  • Throwing
  • Jumping


The skill theme approach provides experiences appropriate to a child’s developmental level that combine fundamental movements into more complex and specialized patterns. These patterns lead to individual, dual and team game or dance situations.  With increased mastery comes increased confidence and enjoyment.


Middle School 

The middle school refines the motor skills introduced in the elementary curriculum through participation in a wide variety of activities. In addition, this level introduces more sophisticated health-related fitness/wellness concepts.


Seventh graders in middle school are required to take 1 year of physical education. The activities offered at the seventh grade level are usually introductory and encourage lifelong skills. The program offers a wide variety of individual, dual, and team activities. The units most often included are basketball, volleyball, tumbling, strength training, and aerobic fitness


Eighth graders in middle school are required to take a semester of PE and a semester of Health. The 8th grade P.E. program builds on the seventh grade introductory program, emphasizing student participation and physical fitness throughout the year, providing students an excellent opportunity to achieve success and have fun. The activities generally include soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, hockey, figure skating, track and field, and softball.


High School‌

Lifetime Personal Fitness Image ‌High school physical education emphasizes fitness and directs students to lifelong activities that can be done individually or with a partner while still offering an array of courses that engage students in team sports. Throughout the program, students learn how to analyze various sports and recreational pursuits according to their health- and wellness-related benefits.


Current graduation requirements include 1.5 credits of physical/health education. The three semesters of physical education graduation requirements can be fulfilled by passing the required Lifetime Personal Fitness course, plus .5 credit from the lifetime activity courses (as noted in the HS Program of Studies) and .5 additional credit from any physical education class.


Lifetime Personal Fitness (options to fulfill/waive .5 credit required for graduation)

The LPF Flow Chart explains different options for meeting the half credit requirement for LPF.

  • Lifetime Personal Fitness (LPF) course at High School (for course credit)
  • Lifetime Personal Fitness (LPF) On-line (for course credit)
  • K-waivers and Computerized Test (credit waived)
    • Participation in two seasons of ASAA-sanctioned extracurricular sports within the Anchorage School District (k-waiver) and successful completion of the computerized knowledge test administered by the designated high school building personnel.
  • Lifetime Personal Fitness (LPF) Complete Test-out (credit waived)
    • Successful completion of a fitness and written test administered by Health and Physical Education Department (offered four times each year). Please refer to Test-out registration form for dates, times and locations.
      • Download a copy of the Test-out registration form and information packet with specifics about these events and the fitness protocols. Please take the completed form to your school’s Counseling Office for further assistance with the registration process. 

Study Tips

  • Study the Test-out publication – Making the Fitness Connection 
  • Watch a short video on the fitness portion of the Lifetime Personal Fitness Test-Out
  • Practice the physical portions with a member of the PE Department at your school, prior to the Test-out. 

Bartlett High School students participating in a climbing wall competition.

Physical Education (options to fulfill/waive .5 credit for lifetime activity course and .5 credit from PE courses)

Students may earn .5 PE credits per course.

  • High School Physical Education course offerings vary by school. Please see your counselor for course selections at your High School.
  • PE Classes may include:
    • Adventure 101
    • Basketball
    • Cross Training
    • Dance
      • Introductory 
      • Intermediate
      • Contemporary Dance Repertory
      • Dance Production
    • First Aid
    • Flag football
    • Recreational Games
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Weight Training
    • Wilderness Rec
    • Yoga


Students may waive PE credits - Elective credit must be earned to replace the Physical Education/Health Education requirement that is waived. A waiver of the physical education requirement under this section does not affect the overall minimum graduation requirements of 22.5 credits.

  • Students may obtain a waiver of .25 of the physical education graduation requirement for each full season of ASAA-sanctioned sports participation within the Anchorage School District. 
  • A maximum of 1.0 credit of the physical education requirement is available upon successful completion of 2 years (four semesters) of JROTC. 
  • Students may also waive physical education requirements (except Lifetime Personal Fitness) through Credit ­By Choice, correspondence, college coursework, or field study programs. 


*Please speak with your student or his/her physical education teacher if you have any questions about the curriculum content or the instructional approach or strategies.


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