Through our Physical Education Department, you will learn the principles of individual physical fitness as well as strategies and tactics to achieve success in a team or dual-participant setting. A variety of options for physical activities and competitive opportunities include team and dual sports, speed development, dance, golf and racquet games, aerobics and strength training. In fact, our outstanding strength-training program is one of the best in the State. Focus areas include:
- Aerobics: techniques in step, circuit training, strength training, band resistance, flexibility, yoga, kickboxing and more
- Dance: developing techniques for various dance techniques, relaxation
- Golf and Racquet Games: techniques in tennis, golf, badminton, racquetball and more
- Lifetime Fitness: fundamentals, rules, strategies and methods for achieving individual physical fitness
- Outdoor Experience: strategies for outdoor recreational experiences and appreciation of the environment
- Strength and Speed: using weight machines to enhance strength, physical fitness and mental discipline
- Team and Dual Sports: building interest in sports and fitness activities, cooperative team playing and dual playing concepts, total body fitness
Application for Exemption from .5 Physical Education Credit:
The District requires all students to successfully complete two semesters of physical education. Many students take one semester as a Freshman and another as a Sophomore; however, the courses may be scheduled at any time during the four years of high school to provide flexibility for course selections in other subjects. The District recognizes that it may be difficult for some students to take all of the other courses they wish to take and meet the physical education requirement.
The one semester requirement must be met through Lifetime Fitness and Activities; however, the second semester may be waived for students who have difficulty fitting it into their schedule. This waiver requires the prior approval of the Principal and final approval by the School Board. The waiver is not an alternative way to earn credit for Physical education; it is an exemption from the .5 credit.
A student getting the waiver must take six classes during the regular school day for each year of high school. This is the basic test for not having time to meet the physical education requirement. The student must apply by completing the proper forms and gaining approval in advance from the Principal for the physical fitness option selected.
The completion of the physical fitness option will be fully monitored for compliance. As a student who has been approved for this option completes the second semester of the Senior year, all criteria will be verified by the Principal. The name of the student applying for waiver will be submitted to the School Board for final approval. Only the Board can ultimately waive a graduation requirement. If the student does the alternative activity and does not take the required full load of classes, the waiver will be denied by the School Board. This could result in a student not graduating on time. Careful planning for meeting this option is required.
Students who are engaged in a rigorous course of study and carry a full course load of 24 credits over four years may apply for an exception from the second semester of physical education with the following conditions:
- Student maintains a full course load of six classes per year each year.
- Student participates in and completes a sanctioned Minnetonka High School athletic activity (includes interscholastic or intramural sports); or participates in another physical fitness plan as approved by the Principal.
- Time spent participating in the fitness activity must be equivalent to that of a typical semester class.
- No credit will be awarded.
- No grades will be given for the activity.
- Approval for an exemption must be submitted to the Principal no later than the last day of the first semester of the senior year.
- Principal’s prior approval must be granted before the student engages in the fitness activity.
- The alternative activity may be completed any time during high school.