Health education

Decision-making is the foundational concept that spirals through the Health Education curriculum across all grades. Helping students predict the potential consequences of their actions and how to make a decision based upon their personal value system is the goal of most class lessons. Students in the lower grades investigate a variety of topics including personal hygiene and safety, disease prevention, major body systems and their functions, and self-esteem. Fifth grade students participate in a Growth and Development unit that covers puberty and adolescence. By middle school, the topics are year long and in depth.  Sixth graders study the nutritional requirements for good health. The seventh grade curriculum focuses on drug use and misuse, addiction, dependency, and the varying effects of drugs on the body. In eighth grade, the focus shifts to human sexuality. In all classes, discussions target the underlying values that lead to good decision-making, open communication, and the ability to manage social pressures.