Health and Wellness

Physical Education

One and one-half physical education credits are required for graduation. All students are required to take Introduction to Physical Education during their Freshman year. Students may satisfy a P.E. requirement by taking a semester of Introduction to Dance, Advanced Dance, or Nutrition and Personal Fitness. Alternatively, students may receive one P.E. credit by:

  • Playing two different Junior Varsity or Varsity sports.
  • Playing the same sport for two years at the Junior Varsity or Varsity level.

Introduction to P.E.
½ Credit (7551)
Freshmen only; meets every other day
The objective of this course is to educate students in the areas of fitness and health, to encourage them to engage in active lifestyles, and to improve their physical fitness.Areas of focus will include: body weight exercises, weight training, agility/speed training, swimming, static/dynamic stretches, yoga, utilization of multi-apparatus equipment, which includes: weight training, kettle bells, bands, plyometric stations, exercise balls, and jump ropes.

Occasionally, a specific sport such as racquet games and basketball will be integrated, with the expectation that students will learn the motor skills and rules required to compete respectfully and effectively.

To this end students will foster a positive attitude and understanding of fitness in general, with the overall recognition that a life regulated by obtainable fitness goals can benefit one for a lifetime.

Exercise Science I (Standard)
1 Credit (7552)

This elective class will integrate nutrition and personal fitness as a cohesive unit in the development and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Students will gain an understanding of and be able to recognize the need for balance in one’s life, emphasizing the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness. The class will consist of two days of classroom instruction and three days of physical training. Completion of this course fulfills one credit of Physical Education, but may not be substituted for Introduction to Physical Education.

Exercise Science II (Accelerated)
1 Credit (7553)
Prerequisites: Exercise Science I grade >85 or with department recommendation
The purpose of this course is to cultivate an extensive knowledge of physical fitness training and develop the ability to implement a plan into a personal fitness program to foster intrinsic motivation towards a healthy and active lifestyle now and in the future.The class will utilize a broad spectrum of activities in order to allow the student to assemble a comprehensive plan to improve functional fitness and athleticism. The activities in the class will include body weight activities, and aerobic and anaerobic conditioning activities to strengthen the core, improve balance, coordination, and flexibility.

Sports Medicine I (Standard)
1 Credit (7561)

This course will consist of basic anatomy, introduction to sports related injuries, and basic treatment protocol. Students will also complete hands-on labs involving taping and wrapping of various injuries.

Sports Medicine II (Accelerated)
1 Credit (7563)
Prerequisite: Sports Medicine I
Students will gain certification in American Red Cross First Aid, adult CPR, and child/infant CPR. This course will review basic anatomy but focus on advanced rehabilitation programs and taping as well as hands-on diagnostic techniques.


Along with St. Johnsbury Academy’s dedication to academics, we strongly believe in the importance of one’s physical, mental, and emotional well being. Students gain the knowledge and decision-making skills that they will use throughout their years at SJA. We believe the programs we offer provide our students with a base from which to build a lifetime of healthy living.

Health/Critical Skills
1 Credit (7591)
Freshmen only
This course readies freshmen academically and socially for the demands of life during high school and after. The course orients students to Academy traditions and prepares students for learning in the 21st century. Students are exposed to systems that develop independent learners and communicators.

The course has two components which revolve around personal choices and social obligations by including topics such as: personal development, productive thinking, Choice Theory, communication skills, interpersonal awareness, substance education and stress control, mature decision making regarding transitioning from childhood to adulthood, and community health issues. Also presented are learning styles and success strategies for today’s classroom. Students will gain adult CPR certification.

Health/Critical Skills II (Accelerated)
1 CREDIT (7594)
Prerequisite: Juniors or Seniors
In this Junior/Senior elective
course, students will have the opportunity to explore common health and wellness topics as they prepare to transition to college, military or employment.Students will use knowledge gained to help them analyze and continue to improve their physical, social and emotional health.Emotional Intelligence and the importance of Positive Psychology in reaching one’s full potential and maneuvering through life’s challenges will be central themes in this course.Strengthening resilience, dealing with common social and emotional issues such as depression, anxiety and addiction will help empower students to lead a healthy and successful life.The course will also investigate effective communication, healthy relationships, goal setting, decision-making, understanding of sexual health/sexuality, nutritious meal planning, fitness, and basic financial management.This course fulfills an elective requirement for the Biomedical and Health Sciences Certificate Program and fullfills the health graduation requirement.

Health (Standard)
1 Credit (7593)

This course is an online class designed to cover the health material that is in the Freshman Health/Critical Skills class. The class is structured around the Health Triangle, focusing on mental, physical, and social health. It is vital that the student has good time management skills as they will need to complete the course in addition to their regular course load. To receive a credit, the final test must be passed. This course fulfills the health requirement for graduation.