Physical Education

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Physical education programs are the cornerstone of an active lifestyle for all students. School programs provide the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that help students stay active for the rest of their lives. Encourage your students to actively participate in Physical Education. If you have any questions, please contact Jaime De La Garza or Jessica Holt, Physical Education Teachers, at (512) 414-4184 / (512) 414-4183 or by email jaime.delagarza@austinisd.org / jessica.holt@austinisd.org

Physical Education Requirements

  • Students must take at least four semesters of physical education or physical education substitutions.

  • Students must take at least one semester of physical education or physical education substitution per grade level. It is recommended that students take a full year of physical education during their sixth-grade year.

  • Athletics, dance or JROTC are physical education substitutions that will satisfy the four-semester requirement.  

  • An approved off-campus PE program may also be substituted for the physical education requirement beginning in seventh grade. More information about this program can be found on our Off-Campus Physical Education web page.  

  • Students must wear appropriate shoes and clothing to ensure safety while being physically active.

Why Physical Education Matters?

  • Kids who are physically active on a regular basis are less likely to become overweight or obese

  • Kids who are obese when they are adolescents have a 70% chance of being obese for the rest of their lives 

  • Nearly 35% of all Texas kids are overweight or obese 

  • Kids who have physical activity in the school day have an advantage for learning, which increases student achievement

  • Kids who are physically fit have higher self-esteem

  • Kids who value physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as underage drinking, smoking, illicit drug use, and violence