The philosophy of health and physical education is to develop healthier students who endeavor to maintain personal health, value lifetime fitness, and enjoy recreational activities. We are striving to enhance quality instruction that supports healthy habits and making healthy choices.

Physical education

Elementary School
Students must participate in 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily or 135 minutes per week.

Middle School
Students must complete 4 semesters of physical education in grades 6-8. Students must participate in 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily or a total of 225 minutes per two week period on a block schedule.

High School
Students must earn 1.0 credit in physical education for graduation. Courses are full year. High school students may participate in substitution activities to receive PE credit in the following activities: athletics, JROTC, drill team, marching band, cheer, and off campus programs. Find out more about your options for PE credit in the high school course guide on the course guides page.


Senate Bill 530 requires students in 3rd through 12th grades to participate in a physical fitness evaluation in their physical education class or equivalent class.

The state mandates the use of the Cooper Institute FitnessGram as the state’s tool for evaluation. The components of testing are:

  • cardiorespiratory endurance
  • body composition
  • muscular strength
  • muscular endurance
  • flexibility

Your child will be receiving information concerning their testing schedule from the campus. Parents can request in writing their child’s physical fitness assessment results at the end of the school year.

The results of the physical fitness evaluations will not impede grade point average, grade placement, and graduation or campus ratings. The evaluation of health criteria will be used to encourage progress towards reaching the optimum health fitness zone.

Health education

Students must earn .5 credits of health education for graduation. Courses are 1 semester in length.

Human sexuality & responsibility

Grade Topics
3 Abuse & Neglect
4 Abuse & Neglect

Abuse & Neglect
My Reproductive System
Body Systems


Module 1: The Teen Years
Module 2: The Reproductive System
Module 3: Puberty & Relationships


Module 1: Adolescence & Development
Module 2: Abstinence & Consent
Module 3: Reproductive System
Module 4: Parenting & Paternity Awareness (P.A.P.A.)
Module 5: Contraception, Sexual Abuse & Violence Prevention
Module 6: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Module 7: HIV & AIDS

See the graduation requirements page for information about required credits. To find out about available courses see the high school course guide on the course guides page.

Off-Campus Physical Education

Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE) allows students who are developing advanced athletic skills to earn course credit. See our Off-Campus Physical Education page for more information.


School Health Advisory Council

Garland ISD is committed to improving each student's physical, social, emotional and educational development by integrating health education, physical education and activity, nutrition services and parental involvement.

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the Coordinated School Health model. The council will address topics related to health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, social and emotional learning, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health promotion and family/community involvement.

For more information about these programs, please visit our Coordinated School Health page.

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