Physical Education Program Requirements

  • Physical Education Overview

    Physical activity, exercise, and wellness are essential to the Branson School experience. Whether through physical education, participation on an interscholastic sport or club team, or an alternate activity, the goal is for each student to develop an appreciation for an active lifestyle, good character, and a positive self-image. While the program offers diverse opportunities, an emphasis is placed on: 
    • Lifelong habits that contribute to being a part of something bigger than one’s self;
    • Team building and sportsmanship; 
    • Development of leadership skills; 
    • Cooperation among peers. 

    The program also challenges students to raise their fitness levels and develop an understanding of the relationship between fitness and lifelong physical and mental wellness. Some students will choose to participate on an interscholastic sport or club team. Others will choose to fulfill their requirement through physical education, alternate activity and/or dance.

  • Course Descriptions

    Interscholastic Athletics or Club Sports Team
    Participation on one of Branson’s interscholastic athletic or club sports teams. In order to earn credit students are required to attend all games and practices as outlined by the Head Coach and Athletic Department. Leaving or being dismissed from an athletic team may result in Physical Education credit not being given for that trimester. Practice times shall not exceed two-and-a-half hours on weekdays and two hours on Saturdays. There is NO practice on Sundays. Fall athletes are expected to attend practices during August; winter and spring athletes are expected to attend practices and games scheduled during school breaks in their seasons. Athletes should note that, in many cases, full participation includes a commitment to the sport beyond the trimester of the regular season.
     
    Alternative Activity Program (AAP)
    The Alternative Activity Program (AAP) is an independent study program, designed to provide students opportunity to pursue organized classes of instruction outside of the School. For example ballet, equestrian, martial arts, competitive dance, etc. Students must select their AAP during the normal class registration period. AAP’s must be approved and monitored by the Physical Education Coordinator. Students will be required to submit a letter of agreement signed by their instructor and a log of the hours spent during the respective AAP. This course requires 36 hours.

    Physical Training
    Our Performance Coach offers Physical training. Students can elect to follow the Athletic Performance Training Track, which focuses on developing strength, explosiveness, speed and quickness needed in athletic competition or Physical Fitness program which provides general full body workouts to promote healthy and fit lifestyles. This course is 36 hours.

    Dance
    Students may elect Dance to fulfill the Physical Education requirement but cannot earn Arts credit simultaneously. If a student chooses to use a term of Dance to fulfill a PE requirement, he/she must inform the instructor before the start of the term.


    Grading

    All physical education classes are graded on a pass/fail basis including Dance classes that are selected to fulfill the Physical Education requirement.

     


    Requirements for the class of 2017, 2018, 2019:

    Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 must participate in one trimester of Physical Education each year. Seniors participating in an alternate activity must complete 36-hours by the end of winter term. See above for course descriptions:
    1. Interscholastic Athletics or Club Sports Team
    2. Alternative Activity Program (AAP)
    3. Physical Training
    4. Dance
     

    Requirements for the class 2020:

    Students in grade 9 must participate in two trimesters of Physical Education during their freshmen and sophomore year only. Seniors participating in an alternate activity must complete 36-hours by the end of winter term. See above for course descriptions:
    1. Interscholastic Athletics or Club Sports Team
    2. Alternative Activity Program (AAP)
    3. Physical Training
    4. Dance