SHAPE America states that over the past two decades, physical education has undergone a transformation in rigor and focus and now is recognized as essential to a young person’s overall education experience and a foundation for lifelong healthy living. PE provides students with a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence.
A Vision for Physical Education in Boston
The BPS PE program promotes an active, positive learning environment that fosters the development of each student’s movement skills, health-related fitness, personal and social skills, and lifelong physical activity skills. Through engaging in meaningful learning experiences, all students will gain the knowledge, skill, confidence and enjoyment needed to achieve lifelong physical fitness and well-being. BPS PE also develops positive attitudes toward physical activity through exposure to a wide variety of physical activities and through successful PE class experiences.
BPS Office of Health and Wellness (OHW) supports all physical educators in their implementation of quality, standards-based curricula and instruction by means of professional development, instructional coaching, and resource dissemination. The implementation of the BPS Physical Education Framework along with support from the OHW, will serve to create consistency and equity for quality PE programming for all schools across the district.
Physical Education Requirements
The BPS Wellness Policy for PE states that physical education is a required subject for all students in grades PreK-12. Specific requirements by grade level are:
- All student in grades PreK-8 must receive at least 45 minutes of weekly PE with an aim of 80 minutes of weekly PE
- All students in grades 9-12 must receive at least one semester of PE each year