South Carolina - PE K-12 curriculum—ES: Curricula

Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

State law requires elementary PE curriculum.

South Carolina Code of Laws SECTION 59-29-80. Courses in physical education; ROTC programs.

(A) There shall be established and provided in all the public schools of this State physical education, training and instruction of pupils of both sexes, and every pupil attending any school, in so far as he is physically fit and able to do so, shall take the course or courses provided by this section. Suitable modified courses shall be provided for students physically or mentally unable or unfit to take the course or courses prescribed for normal pupils. However, in any public school which offers a military or naval ROTC program sponsored by one of the military services of the United States, training in such a program may be deemed equivalent to physical education instruction, and may be accepted in lieu of such instruction for all purposes, academic or nonacademic, as may hereinafter be provided.

South Carolina Code of State Regulations 43–231. Defined Program K–5

Instruction in the subject areas shall be scheduled for each student for a minimum of 1800 minutes or 30 hours per week including lunch, or the equivalent time on a yearly basis. The subjects shall include, but not be limited to:
A. Subject Areas

  • English/Language Arts [FN1]
  • MathematicsScience [FN2]
  • Social Studies [FN2]
  • Health and Safety [FN3]
  • Physical Education [FN4]

South Carolina Code of Laws SECTION 59-10-10. Standards established; status reports to parents; decrease in student to physical education teacher ratio.

(A) ...Beginning in the 2006-07 school year, students in kindergarten through fifth grade must be provided a minimum of one hundred fifty minutes a week of physical education and physical activity. In 2006-07, a minimum of sixty minutes a week must be provided in physical education, and as Section 59-10-20 is phased in, the minimum time for physical education must be increased to ninety minutes a week. The certified physical education teacher to student ratio is designed to provide students in kindergarten through fifth grade with scheduled physical education either every day or on alternate days throughout the school year and must be based on the South Carolina Physical Education Curriculum Standards. The student to teacher ratio in a physical education class may not exceed the average student to teacher ratio of 28 to 1. An individual student’s fitness status must be reported to his parent or guardian during a student’s fifth grade, eighth grade, and high school physical education courses. The physical activity must be planned and coordinated by the Physical Education Activity Director pursuant to Section 59-10-30.

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