K-12 Health Education Curriculum
Our K-12 health education program provides a comprehensive educational experience that will develop health literacy in all of our students. The department has worked hard to establish respectful learning environments throughout the district that are active, safe, and student centered. Students are given a variety of activities and instructional tasks that promote teamwork, collaboration and creativity. Other experiences are provided to further develop individual communication and social skills. Students are also encouraged to challenge themselves and take a more active role in their learning and use critical thinking skills to problem solve, advocate, and promote healthy lifestyles.
Through our comprehensive health education curriculum, our students become health literate, equipped with 21st century skills. They develop the abilities to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, responsible and productive citizens, self-directed learners, and effective communicators. To that end, our students will demonstrate these skills to enhance their health:
Accessing reliable, medically accurate information, resources, and services
Using interpersonal communication skills, including social media
Analyzing the influence of culture, media, technology, peers, and other factors on health.
Appling goal-setting and decision-making skills
Demonstrating the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks, taking ownership for themselves.
Advocating for personal, family and community health.
This philosophy applies to the following major content areas of our curriculum, which are medically accurate, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive: substance abuse prevention; healthy eating and physical activity; development of healthy relationships and prevention of bullying and harassment; enhancement of protective factors and reduction of risk factors; first aid and safety techniques; human growth and development; enhancement of behaviors to lead healthy lifestyles.