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Physical Education

Physical Education is an integral part of the overall education of all students in the Northside Independent School District. The primary goal of physical education is to motivate students to pursue and continue active lifestyles by developing motor skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities. It is also essential that students develop knowledge, understanding and positive attitudes about human movement. Northside offers quality physical education programs that provide learning opportunities that are meaningful, motivational, and challenging to the students.

Northside is currently implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) with physical education serving as the foundation. The CSPAP is a multi-component approach which includes physical activity before, during, and after school, and involvement with communities and families. The new approach provides students the opportunity to be physically active for the recommended 60 minutes per day.

In High School PE, students will be exposed to activities that support being physically active for a lifetime. Activities such as yoga, Pilates, archery, golf, tennis, and badminton will be taught. Students will also be exposed to a variety of recreational and outdoor sports such as rock climbing, fencing, fishing, and mountain biking. All students receiving PE credit or PE a substitute will take the Fitnessgram to assess cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, upper body strength, abdominal strength, trunk extension, and body mass.


State law requires school districts to annually assess the physical fitness of students enrolled in grade three or higher and to provide the results of individual student performance on the administered physical fitness assessments to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative (PFAI) is a program designed to collect and analyze the required student physical fitness data.

Parents may request their child's physical fitness assessment results by contacting their child's physical education teacher.

    Off-Campus Physical Education

    Off-Campus Physical Education is applicable to qualifying Middle School and High School students, 6th through 12th grade. This program allows students to earn physical education credits that meet district and state requirements.  PE substitution credit is described in TAC §74.12(b)(6)(C)(iii) and TAC §74.73(b)(7)(B)(iii)NORTHSIDE PARTICIPATES WITH SECTION (I) ONLY.

    Applications can be submitted via email to Marie Surach

    Agency Letter120.25 KB

    Restricted Physical Education

    A student who is unable to participate in the state-required regular PE program due to a specific physiological condition will have his/her program modified in a restricted PE program

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