Physical Education

The District requires all students to successfully complete two semesters of physical education: One fitness and one wellness course. These courses may be completed during any grade 9-12. 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. Therefore, students may enroll in Tonka Online physical education during the summer or any semester.

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Waiver of Physical Education Credit

Students who have difficulty fitting physical education into their schedule and are carrying a full course load of six credits each semester may apply for a waiver from the wellness credit of the physical education requirement. This waiver requires the prior approval by 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.

To apply for the waiver the student must meet with their counselor, complete the proper forms and gain the Principal’s approval in advance of starting 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 an 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 semester 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.
  • 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.
  • Approval for an exemption must be submitted to the Principal no later than the last day of the first semester of the senior year.

Course Listing

Alternative Physical Education

Course: #4924
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit. 
Prerequisites: Building Team Approval

This course is intended for the student who has a long-term medical situation or other reason keeping him/her from participating in regular physical education.

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Body-Mind Rejuvenation B

Course: #4916
Grade(s) Offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit. 
Prerequisites: One Fitness A course. No prior yoga experience necessary

This course is designed to provide students with a lower intensity, stress relieving experience that mirrors many of the popular studio classes found in local health clubs.

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Dance B

Course: #4922 
Grade(s) offered: 9 -12    
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit.
Prerequisites: One Fitness A course. 

This course offers students the opportunity to participate and explore the world of dance.

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Fitness A  (Tonka Online)

Course: #T500*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall, W=winter
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5
Prerequisites: None. Fees apply for summer.

Online Fitness creates an opportunity for students to extend their learning around a school-sponsored sport or lifetime fitness activity outside of school.

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Outdoor Experience E

This course does not fulfill the P.E. requirement.
Course: #4977
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)    
Prerequisites: Completed 1.0 PE requirement

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn a variety of outdoor and recreational skills and experience the environment in which we live.

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Peak Performance B

Course: #4963
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)    
Prerequisites: One Fitness A course

Peak Performance B is designed to provide students with an opportunity to strength-train using the Pagel Center weight room facility.

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Sports Fit A

Course: #4906
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit. 
Prerequisites: None

The emphasis in Sports Fit A is on sport activities while incorporating cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility concepts.

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Strength Fit A

Course: #4907
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit.    
Prerequisites: None

Strength Fit will provide students the opportunity to learn the most comprehensive progressive resistance exercise methodologies and evidence-based strength training principles.

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Team and Dual Sports B

Course: #4910
Grade(s) Offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit. 
Prerequisites: One Fitness A course

This curriculum is designed to enhance students’ interest in a variety of lifetime sports and fitness activities.

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Team and Dual Sports II E

This course does not fulfill the P.E. requirement.
Course: #4911    
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)    
Prerequisites: Completed 1.0 PE requirement

Team and Dual Sports II E is designed for the student who wants to participate in a variety of team sport activities.

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The Mix A

Course: #4905
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit.     
Prerequisites: None 

The emphasis in The Mix A is on cardiovascular fitness while incorporating strength, flexibility, and sport concepts.

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The Mix B

Course: #4914
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)    
Prerequisites: One Fitness A course

This course offers students an opportunity to participate and enjoy the benefits of fitness- and cardio-based activities.

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The Mix II E

This course does not fulfill the P.E. requirement.
Course: #4915
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)    
Prerequisites: Completed 1.0 PE requirement

This course offers committed students the opportunity to continue to participate in and enjoy the benefits of cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility activities.

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Yoga Fit A

Course: #4908
Grade(s) offered: 9- 12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Physical Education credit.  
Prerequisites: None    

The emphasis in Yoga Fit is on flexibility fitness while incorporating cardiovascular, strength, and sport concepts.

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