Academics
A Notre Dame Education

Physical Education Department

Philosophy

A physically educated person is one who has mastered the necessary movement skills to participate confidently in many different forms of physical activity, values physical fitness, and understands that both are intimately related to health and well-being.  

The Notre Dame curriculum addresses the student’s fundamental need for regular physical activity to remain healthy and promotes many of the attitudes and behaviors that reduce health risks, including development and understanding of the need for appropriate nutrition and exercise.

Boys Athletics

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  • Personal Fitness

    In this course students will become familiar with concepts related to the physiology of exercise, become knowledgeable consumers concerning fitness, and experience a wide variety of exercises for flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - This is a required course for all 9th grade students.
  • Recreational Sports Co-Ed

    This co-ed PE course includes instruction and the aspects of play in a variety of team sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and football. Students will learn history, rules, and strategies of the sports and become proficient in the appropriate skills. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Co-ed: This is an elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. 
  • Lifetime Fitness

    This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to engage in fitness and recreation activities that will help them to develop a lifelong fitness program. The course will include activities such as cardio kickboxing, yoga, weight training, bowling, Ping-Pong, tennis, golf, ultimate Frisbee, and swimming. There is a fee for this course. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Co-ed: This is an elective course for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students.
  • Weight Training

    Students will learn advanced weight training techniques and the newest concepts in strength and muscle development. Students will spend time each class period working on their personalized training regimen. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Co-ed: This is an elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students.
  • Personal Wellness and Life Skills

    The Personal Wellness and Life Skills class educates students on fundamental concepts of health, wellness, fitness, and essential skills needed for an overall healthy lifestyle. This course is conducted in both the classroom and physical activity setting. The classroom portion will focus on many different life topics such as Leadership Skills, Nutrition and Stress Management, Physical and Psychological Health, Professional Manners, Communication, and Etiquette, College Success, and Career Exploration and  Development. The personal wellness and physical activity units of the course emphasize personal fitness goals, the development of lifetime fitness habits, and covers topics such as strength and flexibility training, cardiovascular activities, personal physical activities, team sports, stress management, and mental health. The life skills units of the course include the development of the  "soft" skills necessary to become successful young adults in both employment and in college. These units include topics such as time and organizational management, speaking, listening, and communication skills, social media, resume building, teamwork,  leadership, work ethic, and interpersonal relationship skills. As a UC College Preparatory elective course, students this course also requires reading, writing, research, presentation, discussion, and problem-solving activities. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - C- in English or department chair permission. Co-ed: This is an elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. (UC "g" Elective - Interdisciplinary)
  • Baseball

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Basketball

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Football

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Football (Seniors Only) - Semester 1

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Soccer

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Volleyball - Semester 2

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Water Polo - Semester 1

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.

Girls Athletics

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  • Recreational Sports Co-Ed

    This co-ed PE course includes instruction and the aspects of play in a variety of team sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and football. Students will learn history, rules, and strategies of the sports and become proficient in the appropriate skills. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Co-ed: This is an elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. 
  • Lifetime Fitness

    This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to engage in fitness and recreation activities that will help them to develop a lifelong fitness program. The course will include activities such as cardio kickboxing, yoga, weight training, bowling, Ping-Pong, tennis, golf, ultimate Frisbee, and swimming. There is a fee for this course. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Co-ed: This is an elective course for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students.
  • Weight Training

    Students will learn advanced weight training techniques and the newest concepts in strength and muscle development. Students will spend time each class period working on their personalized training regimen. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Co-ed: This is an elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students.
  • Personal Wellness and Life Skills

    The Personal Wellness and Life Skills class educates students on fundamental concepts of health, wellness, fitness, and essential skills needed for an overall healthy lifestyle. This course is conducted in both the classroom and physical activity setting. The classroom portion will focus on many different life topics such as Leadership Skills, Nutrition and Stress Management, Physical and Psychological Health, Professional Manners, Communication, and Etiquette, College Success, and Career Exploration and  Development. The personal wellness and physical activity units of the course emphasize personal fitness goals, the development of lifetime fitness habits, and covers topics such as strength and flexibility training, cardiovascular activities, personal physical activities, team sports, stress management, and mental health. The life skills units of the course include the development of the  "soft" skills necessary to become successful young adults in both employment and in college. These units include topics such as time and organizational management, speaking, listening, and communication skills, social media, resume building, teamwork,  leadership, work ethic, and interpersonal relationship skills. As a UC College Preparatory elective course, students this course also requires reading, writing, research, presentation, discussion, and problem-solving activities. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - C- in English or department chair permission. Co-ed: This is an elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. (UC "g" Elective - Interdisciplinary)
  • Basketball

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Softball - Semester 2

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Volleyball - Semester 1

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.
  • Water Polo

    Prerequisites/Comments - Elective courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are on a team or who are approved by the coach of the various sports. Students must have the approval of the present coach or PE department chair to pre-register for the course.

Faculty

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