Psycho-Physical Development Mission Statement
At Seattle Prep, physical education and health are formal and important parts of the general curriculum. The department is dedicated to developing the physical abilities and character of each student in order to foster healthy and productive lives. We seek to incorporate the concept of “persona curae” into the core of the physical education of our students by developing the students’ mental, social, physical, emotional and intellectual abilities. The PPD faculty strives to instill in each student a lifelong appreciation of health and physical wellbeing. It is our goal to enhance the daily lives of our students.
“HEALTH & EXERCISE SCIENCE”
Psycho-Physical Development (PPD) is a holistic approach to health and physical education. The semester course focuses on anatomy, physiology, fitness, biomechanics, motor learning, and the sociology of play, game and sport. Students participate in both classroom and gym activities. Evaluation is based on participation, lab work, quizzes, tests, and a semester project.
“HEALTH & WELLNESS”
Sophomore students take one semester of a wellness-based classroom course. Students explore current health issues through class discussion, guest speakers, class activities and projects. Students reflect upon and assess their behaviors as related to their personal health and well-being, so they are capable of making informed choices. Evaluation is based on participation, an individual project, and two comprehensive exams.
“LIFETIME FITNESS I & II”
GRADES 10 & 11
Students are required to take two semesters of a physical activity courses. These co-ed activity courses are designed to promote exercise and sportsmanship. Students participate in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional team and individual sports. There is an effort to reinforce concepts learned in the freshman Health and Exercise Science course. Students are evaluated on cooperation and participation.
Weight training is offered to seniors as a single semester elective.