The Lexington High School Wellness Program services approximately 2,000students in grades 9-12. Wellness addresses the balance of its six dimensions – intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional, social and occupational. The Wellness courses strive to develop citizens who are health-literate and who practice making informed and healthy choices throughout their lives. These courses contribute to the development of”resiliency” in students. Students learn to understand and demonstrate the responsibility they share as individuals, family members and citizens to act in ways that enhance health for themselves and others. Physical education addresses the need for an educated person to understand and appreciate the importance of movement in his/her complete development and the role it plays in leading a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
Students are provided opportunities for development, enrichment, and for the pleasures that come from achievement and excellence, whether through the development of fitness, opportunities for self-expression, skills learned for later utilization, or the lessons of life experienced in sports, games, recreational activities and personal and community health activities. Health issues include personal health, positive relationships,stress reduction, nutrition, fitness, stress management, and problems such as substance abuse, contagious diseases, inter-relational violence, and eating disorders. Students are required to pass physical education that meets twice per week for 12 of 16 quarters to earn 6 credits required for graduation. Students in grades 9 and 11 are required to take health education twice per week for one semester to earn 2 credits required for graduation.