Health Education

Health Education is a critical component of the overall education of all students in Northside ISD. In Northside ISD, Health Education is part of the Whole Child Development Department focused on fulfilling the mission that every day, in every classroom, every student grows in confidence, curiosity and capability.  

Northside ISD offers quality health education programs that provide learning opportunities that are meaningful, motivational and challenging. 

Topics covered in High School Health include the following:

  • Healthy Living
  • CPR
  • Alcohol and Drugs - including e-cigarette prevention
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Fitness
  • Dealing with Conflict, Violence and Abuse
  • Diseases and Conditions
  • Mental Health
  • Sexuality Education
  • Parenting and Paternity Awareness

Northside ISD High School Health Education Sexuality Education

Background Information

  • Original information for this Unit derived from NISD’s collaboration with the PTAs.
  • In 2005, Holt’s Life Time Health was adopted by NISD, supported by the NISD Health and PE Department.
  • In 2015, Sexuality and Responsibility Unit was enhanced and updated by the Health and PE Department.

Policy, TEKS and Guidelines

  • This is an Opt-in or Opt-out program meaning a parent/guardian has an option for their child to participate or to not participate in the Sexuality Education Unit.
  • Curriculum is abstinence focused – abstinence is primarily promoted as the best option to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy.
  • Condoms and various other contraceptives are introduced (TEK 115.32 7.I), but not brought into the classroom.
  • Teachers have been trained and provided with guidelines to appropriately and accurately answer common student generated questions.
  • Most questions asked by a student can be answered. Answers are based on medical definitions and medical accuracy.
  • Sensitivity needs to be observed when responding.
  • Teachers are not to give their opinions, be judgmental, nor self-disclose.


  • A Health Educator from San Antonio AIDS Foundation may provide a presentation on HIV/AIDS.

Sexuality Education Unit

This Unit consists of 5 lessons:

  1. Male and Female Reproductive System
  2. Pregnancy and Fetal Development
  3. Teen Pregnancy
  4. Risks of Adolescent Sexual Activity
  5. Methods of Protection

Request for More Information

Please contact the Whole Child Department, Health Education Instructional Support Teacher:

Healthy Habits - A 6th Grade Journey

A Journey with a mission!

The mission of Healthy Habits is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy behaviors as well as to educate students how to recognize the influence of responsible decision-making on the quality of life.

Healthy Habits

  • Required 9 week course for all 6th grade students
  • Emphasis on Social & Emotional Learning
  • Project-Based
  • E-Journals

Healthy Habits: Topics

  1. Laying the Foundation - introduction to the course, expectations
  2. Life Skills - setting goals
  3. Social Health - relationships, refusal skills
  4. Personal Hygiene - taking care of your body
  5. Social Media - finding a balance in life
  6. Mental Health Awareness - what is mental health, how to deal with stress, anxiety and depression in a healthy way
  7. Substance Abuse - alcohol, legal/illegal drugs, refusal skills
  8. E-cigarettes - CATCH My Breath Youth Vaping Prevention Program

Healthy Habits: A SEL Foundation

Defined by CASEL (

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

5 Key Competencies: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

And we're off on a journey to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy behaviors!

Request for More Information

Please contact the Whole Child Department, Health Education Instructional Support Teacher: