California - PE K-12 curriculum—HS: Curricula

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State law requires high school PE curriculum.

California Education Code 51222.

(a) All pupils, except pupils excused or exempted pursuant to Section 51241, shall be required to attend upon the courses of physical education for a total period of time of not less than 400 minutes each 10 schooldays. Any pupil may be excused from physical education classes during one of grades 10, 11, or 12 for not to exceed 24 clock hours in order to participate in automobile driver training. Such pupil who is excused from physical education classes to enroll in driver training shall attend upon a minimum of 7,000 minutes of physical education instruction during such school year.

California Education Code 51225.3.

(a) A pupil shall complete all of the following while in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, in order to receive a diploma of graduation from high school:

  • (1) At least the following numbers of courses in the subjects specified, each course having a duration of one year, unless otherwise specified:
    • (F) Two courses in physical education, unless the pupil has been exempted pursuant to the provisions of this code.

California Education Code 51220.

The adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, shall offer courses in the following areas of study:

  • (d) Physical education, with emphasis given to physical activities that are conducive to health and to vigor of body and mind, as required by Section 51222
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