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Recreation, Health, and Fitness

The high-school years encompass tremendous periods of physical as well as mental growth. To help our students make better transitions during this period, the wellness program is based on a sound body-sound mind philosophy.
The Recreation, Health, and Fitness (RHF) program introduces students to a myriad of physical activities and incorporates exercise and recreation into their lives. Students are encouraged to make fitness a life-long goal and to seek out activities that are fun and physically rewarding. The department takes an “adapted physical education” approach to the curriculum. Not only do students have flexibility and autonomy in deciding when to attend some of their RHF classes, they also make some choices regarding the types of classes in which they participate.

RHF students can attend either activity-based classes, where physical movement is emphasized, or information-based classes, where the emphasis is placed on learning about healthy behavior and making good decisions around health and fitness. Examples of activity-based classes include yoga, weight training, badminton, soccer, and outdoor excursions on weekends. Examples of information-based classes include nutrition, proper dieting, good hygiene, sports medicine, and injury prevention. The curriculum gets students up and moving, while giving them information to properly maintain good physical health. 

Six semesters of RHF are required for graduation. Successful completion of one semester of dance is the equivalent of one semester of RHF. Successful completion of one season of team sports is the equivalent of 1.5 semesters of RHF. Team sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors participating in activities outside of school may also meet their RHF requirement through the Outside Activities and Recreation program.

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health education

The health education curriculum gives students an understanding of the interconnection of their mental and physical states, and the roles that prevention, knowledge, and awareness play in maintaining a sound body and a sound mind. 

Health education classes increase awareness and further students’ knowledge of their own bodies. These classes are interspersed throughout the RHF curriculum and, whenever possible, the topics are introduced in conjunction with the school’s academic and social calendars. For example, stress reduction is taught in the weeks leading up to finals.

The College Preparatory School

mens conscia recti

a mind aware of what is right
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