Health/Physical Education

Physical Education Programs

The goal of Pre K-12 physical education is to help students become responsible citizens who are both physically educated and health literate.

All Prek-8th grade students attend physical education classes each year. Elementary students receive approximately 60-120 minutes of physical education each week. Middle school students receive approximately 90-180 minutes of physical education each week. All high school students are required to take at least .5 credits of PE, paired with at least .5 credits of Health in order to graduate.

Each student will set and achieve personally challenging goals in physical activity, apply higher order thinking skills to human movement, and ultimately design personal movement and fitness plans. Students will be able to display the skills and practices of a physically active lifestyle, knowing the benefits of their choices to be involved in physical activity. They will be physically fit and have a mindset that values physical activity and its benefits in sustaining healthy lifestyles.

The physical education standards (below) define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program.

Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Standard 3 - The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 4 - The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

For questions regarding Physical Education curriculum, please contact Tamara Mills by emailing

Health Education Programs

Elementary students receive health education through their Physical Education classes and through the county's Integrated Health Literacy program (Health concepts integrated into reading, math, science and social studies). For more information about Integrated Health Literacy, please see the IHLP section of our website. At the northern end of our county, Berlin Intermediate School offers a separate, comprehensive health class for all 4-6th graders.

Middle school students receive health education through their Physical Education classes, HealthFACS classes and the Integrated Health Literacy program.

High school students must take at least .5 credits of health, paired with at least .5 credits of PE in order to graduate. All health classes and units are designed to align with the Maryland State Curriculum Standards for Health Education or the Integrated Health Literacy Standards.

The Maryland State Curriculum Standards for Health Education can be found here:

For questions regarding Health curriculum, please contact Tamara Mills by emailing

Family and Consumer Science & HealthFACS Programs

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education empowers individuals to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. Students develop human literacy as they master a complex set of essential skills and knowledge needed to achieve quality of life. They gain career preparedness as they acquire readiness to participate in a rapidly changing workforce and global economy. There are eight areas, nationally, that encompass the family and consumer sciences:

- Consumer Education and Resource Management
- Early Childhood Education and Services
- Family and Interpersonal Relationships
- Food Production and Services
- Foods, Nutrition and Wellness
- Housing, Interiors and Design
- Parenting Education and Human Development
- Textiles, Apparel and Fashion

In Worcester County, our high school FACS classes touch on some of these concepts, paying careful attention to Family & Interpersonal Relationships, Food & Nutrition and Financial Literacy.

HealthFACS is the middle school version of our family and consumer science course. This course is comprised of 50% health curriculum (a unit on social/emotional health, a substance abuse unit, and another health-related unit) and 50% facs curriculum (a kitchen management unit, a food and nutrition unit, a textiles unit and a financial literacy unit time permitting). This course is offered to all 6-8th grade students, though not all students will take HealthFACS every year while in middle school.

For questions regarding FACS or HealthFACS curriculum, please contact Tamara Mills by emailing