Physical Education


We follow the Utah State Core of instruction Standards for the sciences taught in Washington County School District. 


Links to the current standards can be found here

All elementary PE classes are based on the same five strands, however, each strand is broken down into standards that are appropriate for each grade level. Please see the link above for the complete list of standards for each grade.

Strand 1: Students will achieve a level of competency in motor skills and movement patterns.

Strand 2: Students will apply knowledge to attain efficient movement and performance.

Strand 3: Students will understand the components necessary to maintain a healthy level of fitness to support physical activity.

Strand 4: Students will develop cooperative skills and positive personal behavior through communication and respect for self and others.

Strand 5: Students will appraise the personal value of physical activity as a tool for wellness, challenges, and interacting with appropriate social skills with friends and family.

Secondary CORE (GRADES 7-12)

Links to the current standards can be found here.

The Physical Education Core for secondary students is a culmination of years spent developing interest and skill in a variety of physical activities. The goal of physical education is to develop healthy, responsible students who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work together in groups, think critically, and participate in a variety of activities that lead to a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Research tells us that students who are physically active for 60 minutes a day have higher self-confidence and more active synapses in the brain, experience a decrease in chronic illnesses, and are less likely to be absent from school. Such students are ready for career and college success. Time given to physical activity in school must not only be incorporated, but of the highest quality. The Physical Education Core utilizes appropriate instructional practices to develop competence and confidence in a variety of lifetime activity and movement forms, including sports, dance, outdoor recreation, and physical fitness activities. The emphasis is on providing success and enjoyment for all students. Knowledge of the relationship between proper nutrition and a consistent fitness regimen is the common thread running through the core. Students develop life skills through cooperative and competitive activity participation, and learn the value of a physically active life.

Each PE class is based on the same five strands, which are broken down into standards that are aligned to the type of PE class being taken.  See the standards linked above for a complete list of standards.


PE Graduation Requirements

Please contact your school for their current offerings.  Please note that while we try to keep this list updated, the state may change these requirements.

  • Physical Education Health (2 Credits):
    • 0.5 Credit (Health)
    • 0.5 Credit (Participation Skills)
    • 0.5 Credit (Fitness for Life)
    • 0.5 Credit (Individualized Lifetime Activities)
    • Optional: 1.0 Credit Maximum (Team Sport/Athletic Participation)
      • Can be used in place of Participation Skills or Individualized Lifetime Activities only.
      • UHSAA Athletic Participation Guideline: If a student participates in a complete season of a UHSAA sanctioned sport and the LEA determines the sport aligns with the course standards, the LEA may award the student 0.5 units of PE credit. If the student completes an additional season with a different sport and the LEA determines the sport aligns with course standards, the LEA may award the student another 0.5 units of PE credit. UHSAA athletic participation may be awarded for Participation Skills and Techniques and/or Individual Lifetime Activities. Athletic participation credit does not apply to Fitness for Life credit.