Health Education Class Standards

Health Classes at PHS are currently taught as semester long classes in the middle school and at the high school grade levels.They are based on the the National Health Education Standards adopted by Vermont in 2015.   These standards base health education on 8 main ideas.   

 The core health concepts for all students in Vermont are:  
            
  • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.

    Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

    Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.

    Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal  communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.

    Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.

    Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

    Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

    Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.

At the middle school level students primarily concentrate on standards 1-6, while high school also approaches standards 7 & 8.  Courses  are taught primarily as project based discussion classes with no specific textbook but frequent readings from "Choices" health magazine or other health resources.