Teaching & Learning: Curriculum - Health
Arlington Public Schools Comprehensive Health
The Comprehensive Health Education & Physical Education Program is provided to all students' grades K-12 through regularly scheduled physical education, health classes and Family & Consumer Science Classes. The program is an educational pathway for children to develop skills to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which emphasizes resiliency and responsibility while fostering respect for themselves and others.
Through health literacy (knowledge), self-management skills (practice and application) and health promotion (communication and advocacy), comprehensive health education teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health and wellness and guides efforts to build healthy families, relationships, schools and communities. The four framework strands addressed through our curriculum are Physical Health, Social and Emotional Health, Safety and Prevention and Personal and Community Health. Each strand is addressed in every grade level.
The health program is also enhanced throughout the year by special programs on Tobacco Education, Conflict Resolution, Dating Violence, Safe Schools, AIDS education and Physical Best Fitness and Fitness-gram Assessments.
The Great Body Shop curriculum is built sequentially. Knowledge, universal values, life skills and critical thinking skills are introduced through concepts that are age appropriate and familiar. Positive health values and universal values such as trust, love, respect, honesty, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence are encouraged. The curriculum encourages collaboration among students, parents, classroom teachers, specialists, health services, and counseling and guidance. For each unit the students receive a student pamphlet and parents receive a bulletin that outlines the topics being covered that particular month.