Health: Course Offerings

Fifth Grade Health
Students begin health in 5th grade. In single gender classes, they are introduced to the concept of health education and cover topics including citizenship and community, conflict resolution, bullying, emotions and feelings and growth and development.

Sixth Grade Health
The theme of 6th grade health is “growing-up,” and still in single gender classes the curriculum covers everything from nutrition and sleep, to puberty, reproduction, social and family relationships and communication skills.

Seventh Grade Health Education
Beginning in seventh grade, students meet in mixed-gender groups. The year begins with anatomy, reproduction, and expressions of sexuality, and is followed by a unit on sexual orientation and gender identity. We then switch gears to cover “influences.” Topics such as social pressure, substance use, and eating issues are addressed in this context. The seventh grade curriculum also covers issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety. We end the year discussing nutrition.

Eighth Grade Health Education
Eighth grade students are presented with a comprehensive approach to studying sexuality, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol and drug use, community health, communication, and decision- making. Rather than tell students what to do, we provide them with concrete and accurate information so that they can make the best personal choices for themselves. We work with young people as active participants in their own decision making process regarding wellness.

Ninth Grade Health Education
Ninth grade health is a full year class. It explores health as something of both immediate relevance to teens, and also as an issue that affects society on a global scale. The course asks how ethics shape health-related decision making, discusses prevention as a cornerstone to wellness, and tackles controversies in health (for example, abstinence-only sexuality education, the “War on Drugs,” and same-sex marriage).

Broadly, the year is broken down into three areas:

  • Sexuality
  • Food A (eating disorders and issues) & Food B (nutrition and food politics)
  • Substances

Senior Workshops
The seniors participate in a series of health education workshops throughout out the year. Lead in conjunction with our school psychologists, seniors explore issues such as sexuality, stress management and the transition to college.