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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.

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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 Program

    The Off-Campus Physical Education Program (OCPE) accommodates students interested in developing higher-level skills in a specific activity that exceeds what the school district can offer through the general physical education program. The OCPE Program allows students in 6th through 12th grades to earn credits that meet the district and state physical education requirements. Students are expected to be physically educated, along with being physically active.

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    Northside ISD participates in Category I Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE). Off-Campus Physical Education students must meet qualifying criteria, participate, and compete in a sport (not currently offered at NISD schools). Students must train at least 15 hours per week and compete in national to Olympic level competitions throughout the year. Please see the Off-Campus PE Guidelines for additional information.

    The OCPE Program is a partnership between Northside Independent School District and approved off-campus agencies to provide activities such as dance, gymnastics, martial arts, swimming, equestrian, etc. The Physical Education Department supervises the OCPE program standards to ensure that each student receives a quality, off-campus physical education experience. Students will receive a numerical grade at the end of each grading period.

    Note: As determined by Texas Education Code, the requirements are different for high school students vs. middle school students. For students in grades 9-12, TEC allows participation in a Category I program to substitute for the state physical education graduation requirement. NISD extends the above requirements and guidelines to students in grades 6-8.

    1. Students wishing to apply for the Off-Campus PE Program must complete an Off-Campus PE Application. The completed application should be emailed to and their campus counselor. The PE Department will ensure the agency is on the NISD OCPE Approved Agency List and assist with any considerations. If an agency is not on the NISD Approved Agency list, the agency must complete the NISD 2021-2022 OCPE Agency Approval Form to be considered for approval to participate in the Program.
    2. The NISD PE Department will determine eligibility and notify the campus counselor and principal for final approval prior to the beginning of each semester.
    3. The campus counselor will notify parents and students of the final decision.

    2020-21 NISD OCPE Approved Agency List 

    The OCPE Program is a partnership between the Northside Independent School District and approved off-campus agencies. Students may not be enrolled in OCPE and any other general physical education class or physical education substitution at the same time.

    NISD only participates in Category I of the TEA OCPE program.

    Category I - Olympic/National Level - Participation and/or competition includes a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intensive, professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the program’s activities must be certified by the superintendent to be of exceptional quality. Students qualifying and participating at this level may be dismissed from school one hour per day. Students dismissed may not miss any class other than physical education. PLEASE NOTE: Students who leave for instruction during the school day cannot participate in UIL activities in the same sport.

    To be placed on the NISD OCPE Approved Agency List, an agency must do the following:

    1. Obtain and complete an Off-Campus PE Agency Form.
    2. Submit the completed application, along with a copy of proof of insurance, before the start of the school year to
    3. If all of the requirements and deadlines have been fulfilled, and the requesting agency is certified by the District to be of high quality, the agency will be added to the published approved list.

    Agency applications may be submitted starting January 1, 2021, and no later than June 1st prior to each school year.

    Parents and Students: 

    • To apply for participation in the NISD Off-Campus PE Program:
      • Download and complete an Off-Campus PE Application from the campus website (please note the application windows and timelines).
      • Review the NISD OCPE Approved Agency List to ensure your agency does not need to complete any additional steps.
      • Submit the completed application to
      • The campus counselor will notify the parent of the application status.

    Parent/Guardian: If approved, it is important to communicate with the campus counselor regarding the student schedule.

    Accepting student applications for the 2021-2022 school year April 1, 2021 - July 15, 2021

    In accordance with TEA guidelines, participation in an Off-Campus PE Program requires regular attendance.

    Please contact your campus counselor for additional information.

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