Physical education in the San Diego Unified School District plays an integral role in providing a balanced education for the whole child. Physical education makes a unique contribution to the total educational process by addressing the knowledge (cognitive), social (affective), as well as physical (psychomotor) development and skills of each child. According to the National Association of Sport and Physical Education, “The goal of physical education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.” In January 2005, the State Board of Education adopted the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools, which serve as the foundation for instruction at all grade and course levels. These standards provide a comprehensive vision of what students need to know and be able to do at each grade and course level in the state of California. The Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools affirms the standing of physical education as an academic content area. The standards highlight the fact that participation in physical activity is not the same as learning the content in physical education. The 2009 California Physical Education Framework provides the necessary guidance and support with regard to effective instruction and assessment practices so that every student can meet or exceed their grade- and course-level standards.
Learn more about our District Policy on Physical Education with syllabi and guidelines.