Health Curriculum

Health Curriculum
Health 9 – “Interpersonal Skills& Decision Making” and “Human Relationships 1”

Through the study of physical, emotional and social growth, the students develop a better understanding of interpersonal skills, decision making and human sexuality.  Topics such as drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, self-understanding, love, dating, anatomy and birth control are discussed to create a stronger, more knowledgeable foundation to aid in rational decision making and the forming of healthy relationships.

Health 10 – “Driver Education”

This course teaches the basic fundamental knowledge about safe driving.  Emphasis is placed on state laws regulating driving, road courtesy and the development of sound defensive driving techniques.  At the end of the course students will take the state of New Jersey Knowledge Test on traffic laws, rules and regulations.

Health 11 – “CPR & First Aid”, “Nutrition” and “Stress, Mental Health & Addiction”
Through the basic principles of First Aid, students learn how to exercise reasonable caution in life’s activities, as well as how to help the sick and injured.  Every student also learns the proper techniques in administering CPR and practices on a Rescue Anne.  Students will also study about nutrition, stress, mental health and addiction.   The Stress, Mental Health and Addiction unit focuses on coping with stress, addressing mental health concerns and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems.  Students will be asked to create policies designed to address these serious societal concerns. 

Health 12 – “Personal Growth & Adult Health” and “Human Relationships 2”
Students will examine various personality profiles and best determine which category best fits their behavior.  They will discuss living independently of their families in situations such as college dorms or their own apartments and developing healthy relationships and family lives.  Current topics involving dating, family relationships, trends in social behaviors and healthcare will also be discussed. 

New Jersey Family Life Education Law states, “any pupil, whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instruction in family life education is in conflict with his/her conscience, or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result therefrom.”

In order for yourchild to be excused as per the state law, the parent or guardian must present awritten, signed statement to the Health and Physical Education Supervisorexplaining how instruction in health, safety, family life education, or sexeducation is in conflict with the family’s conscience or sincerely held moralor religious beliefs. After receipt of this letter, the school may contact theparent or guardian to discuss the concerns or provide clarity on thecurriculum.  Upon approval the studentwill be scheduled into a Physical Education activity life unit.for the duration of thefamily.