Physical Education Department

One key belief of the South Carolina Legislature, as well as the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), is that every student in the public schools, from kindergarten through grade twelve, should have the opportunity to participate in a quality physical education program. It is the unique role of such a program to help all students develop health-related physical fitness, physical skill competence, cognitive understanding, and positive attitudes about physical activity so that they can lead physically active, healthy lifestyles throughout the years to come. Well-designed and well-run physical education programs are also vitally important because they provide learning experiences that meet students’ developmental needs, in turn helping to improve their mental alertness, academic performance, and readiness and enthusiasm for learning (NASPE 2004).