Kentucky - HE K-12 curriculum—mental and emotional health (ES): Curricula

Policy Type: 

State law addresses mental and emotional health.

Kentucky Academic Standards for Primary Health Education

1.PL-P-PW: Personal Wellness (Health Education)

Big Idea:

Wellness is maximum well-being, or total health. Personal Wellness is a combination of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. It involves making choices and decisions each day that promote an individual’s physical well-being, the prevention of illnesses and diseases, and the ability to remain, physically, mentally, spiritually, socially and emotionally healthy.

Academic Expectations

2.29 Students demonstrate skills that promote individual well-being and healthy family relationships.

2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical well-being.

2.32 Students demonstrate strategies for becoming and remaining mentally and emotionally healthy.

3.2 Students demonstrate the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills.

4.4 Students demonstrate the ability to accept the rights and responsibilities for self and others.

5.1 Students use critical thinking skills such as analyzing, prioritizing, categorizing, evaluating, and comparing to solve a variety of problems in real-life situations.

5.4 Students use a decision-making process to make informed decisions among options.

Kentucky Academic Standards for Primary Health Education

C. PL-P-PW-SMEM: Primary Skills and Concepts – Social, Mental and Emotional Health

Students will…


Students will demonstrate social interaction skills by: (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-1.a: using etiquette, politeness, sharing and other positive social interaction skills (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-1.b: working and playing collaboratively in large and small groups (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-1.c: using appropriate means to express needs, wants and feelings (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-1.d: describing characteristics needed to be a responsible friend and family member (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-1.e: practicing attentive listening skills that build and maintain healthy relationships (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-1.f: identifying the differences between verbal and nonverbal communication (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-1.g: identifying social interaction skills that enhance individual health (NHES: 4)

PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-2: explain how an individual’s attitude can affect one’s personal health (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-2.a: social health: getting along with others, serving as team members (NHES: 4)

  • PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-2.b: emotional health: expressing feelings, self-concept (NHES: 4)

PL-P-PW-S-SMEM-3: Students will define and identify ways to manage stress (e.g., exercise, drawing/writing/talking about feelings) (NHES: 1)

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