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Children today are growing up in a complex society characterized by uncertainty and rapid change. The issues our youth confront daily make health education an integral part of a balanced and comprehensive school program. The health curriculum is continually examined and modified to keep current with such a dynamic, ever-changing field. The program is designed to develop specific skills that we believe are essential to maintaining one’s health — emotionally, socially, and physically. Students gain practice in applying these skills as various health topics are introduced. While major topics are emphasized through the health program, certain aspects of the curriculum are addressed in science and in the regular classroom as well. Information on each topic is age-appropriate and is taught sequentially, with each year building on the previous one.

Curriculum by Grade

Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 3

In Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 3, the following topics are covered: identifying and expressing one’s feelings, promoting self-esteem, personal safety, safe and unsafe substances, disease prevention, basic body and dental hygiene, and fire safety.

Grade 4

In Grade 4, topics include personal growth, physical development, and personal hygiene.

Grade 5

In Grade 5, topics include disease prevention; AIDS education; relationships with family, friends, and peers; expressing feelings in a positive way; making responsible decisions; tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs education; coping and communications skills; personal growth and development; nutrition; personal hygiene; dental care; auditory awareness; and the benefits of exercise.