Health Courses

All students are required to take one semester of Health to satisfy the New York State graduation requirements. We recommend that students take Health in 10th grade and should consider taking both Health electives as well.

Research shows that health is directly linked to educational achievement, quality of life and economic productivity. By acquiring health related knowledge, values, skills and practices, students can be empowered to pursue a healthy life. The following courses provide a structure and commitment to health education that enables young adults to be healthy physically, emotionally and socially.


Health 10                                                                           1/2 Credit

This is a required course for graduation. Students will follow the New York State standards for health education to develop personal and social skills that support life-long wellness. A variety of activities will promote proper decision making, problem solving, and effective communication skills. Topics covered in this class will include: mental health, stress management, teen suicide and depression prevention, nutrition and fitness, disease prevention, human sexuality, substance abuse prevention, healthy relationships, AIDS education, and violence prevention.

First Aid & CPR                                                              1/2 Credit

This semester course is designed to parallel the American Red Cross certification programs in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Certification includes Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, Community First Aid, Automatic External Defibrillation (AED). Students will be required to meet all time and examination requirements in order to receive official Red Cross certification. Red Cross certification cards will be issued to those students who pass all the requirements and pay a fee to American Red Cross. This course is open to all students 9-12.

Critical Issues in Health                                             1/2 Credit

This course provides students with decision-making skills and experiences related to critical health issues on a mature level. This is an excellent course to take to prepare for life after high school. Topics covered in the class include: violence and crime prevention; stress management; teen depression and suicide prevention; values clarification, body image, AIDS education; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual orientation, disease prevention; parenting; healthy relationships and sexuality. Various guest speakers and a field trip to a Correctional Facility are part of the curriculum whenever possible. Open to juniors and seniors.