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Health Education

High School Health Scope and Sequence

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 a quality health education program that provides learning opportunities that are meaningful, motivational and challenging.

If you have any questions please contact Caitlin Bollier via email at, caitlin.bollier@nisd.net.

* Dates are subject to change or may vary among campuses. 

Health and Wellness - Making Healthy Decisions, Components of Health, Goal Setting

Aug 30 - Sept 5

Diseases and Disorders - Recognizing Diseases, Preventing and Treating Diseases, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

Sept 6 - Sept 15

Nutrition, Physical Fitness, and Developing a Healthy Lifestyle - Healthy Diet, Body Image, Active for Life, Developing a Physical Fitness Plan

Sept 19 - Sept 28

Substance Use - Alcohol, Tobacco, Legal and Illegal Drugs, Over the Counter Medicine, Vaping

Sept 29 - Oct 12

CPR - Skills to deliver effective CPR

Oct 13 - Oct 18

Human Development- Puberty, Reproduction, Risks of Sexual Activity, Abstinence, Refusal Skills

 (Parent Permission Required)

Oct 19 - Oct 25 

*Parent Permission Slip Sent Home - Sept 25

Mental Health - Managing Stress, Self-Esteem, Expressing Emotions, Coping, Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention

Oct 26 - Nov 9

Conflict, Violence, and Abuse -  Prevention of Child Abuse, Family Violence, Dating Violence, and Sex Trafficking 

 (Parent Permission Required)

Nov 10 - Nov 27 

*Parent Permission Slip Sent Home  - Oct 10

Protecting Your Health - Finding a Balance in Life and Online, First Aid

Nov 28 - Dec 4

Parenting and Paternity Awareness - Importance of Father Involvement, Value of Paternity Establishment, Child Support, Financial and Emotional Challenges, Benefits of Both Parents Being Involved

Dec 5 - Dec 8  

NISD High School Human Development and Conflict, Violence, and Abuse 

Instructional Timeline and Resources

In accordance, and in compliance, with the Texas Education Code and Board Policy EHAA(LOCAL), Northside Independent School District provides human development instruction and anti-victimization instruction as part of its curriculum in high school Health Education. The district is confident the information presented to students on this topic is age and grade-level appropriate; however parents have the right to view the curriculum and/or remove their child from this instruction. The opt-in consent form will be sent out by each campus. Information about the curriculum materials to support human development and conflict, violence, and abuse instruction is included below along with the instructional timeline.  

Human Development 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

Goodheart-Wilcox Texas High School Health Skills curriculum materials will be utilized to support human reproduction/development and child anti- victimizations instruction in intermediate and high school health class. Educating students to develop healthy behaviors today can improve their overall health and contribute to patterns of wellness that will extend into adulthood. To help guide students along the path to healthy living, G-W assembled an award-winning author team to create the most current and comprehensive high school health program. Together, they developed a contemporary, student-focused, research-based approach to health education. Their expertise, combined with the input of Texas-based teachers and professionals, provides your students with relevant, age-appropriate resources—created especially for Texas! The full curriculum can be reviewed on your student’s campus.  For more information about Goodheart-Wilcox Texas High School Health Skills, or to view the parent purchase agreement, please contact G-W via email at custserv@g-w.com or by phone at 1-800-323-0440.

To view Goodheart-Wilcox Texas High School Health Skills textbook you can visit their website at https://www.g-w.com/tx-health-skills-hs-2023.


From GW Publisher:

Parent requests to buy materials:

Per TEC. CH 28 Section 483.101, we are happy to help parents purchase a copy of the student materials for Texas Health.  We’ll request the student’s name and the district and campus where their student is taking the course.  We’ll connect with our ISD Health contacts for verification that the student is truly enrolled in the course at the ISD. 

Parents may place their purchase request via email or by calling G-W. 

G-W Customer Service

  • Phone: 800.323.0440
  • E-Mail: custserv@g-w.com


Consent: If we do not receive your signed consent on or before the instruction is scheduled to begin, or you indicate that you do not consent, your child will not receive human sexuality and/or anti-victimization instruction. Instead, your child will participate in an alternative instructional activity and will not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty or other sanction. If you believe the District has violated Texas Education Code Section 28.004(q-5), you may file a grievance complaint with the District pursuant to Board Policy FNG(Local).

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

  • As per House Bill 1525, parents/guardians must give active consent to have their student participate. Parents/guardians have 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.

Parenting and Paternity Awareness

Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) is an evidence-based, educational curriculum designed for young adults. It teaches them the benefits of waiting to become a parent until after they have completed their education, started a career, and are in a stable, committed relationship.

The p.a.p.a. program is a way school districts can comply with state law requiring high-school health to include a parenting and paternity awareness curriculum.

The curriculum  focuses on:

  • The importance of father involvement
  • The value of paternity establishment
  • Legal realities of child support
  • Financial and emotional challenges of single parenting
  • Benefits of both parents being involved in a child's life
  • Healthy relationship skills
  • Relationship violence prevention


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

Request for More Information

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


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