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Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address:

West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Physical Education

Program Goal: Through a faith-based wellness program, students will develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors required for healthy, active living.

All students must earn 1 credit in Physical Education while completing a semester of Health Education and a semester of PE Activities I prior to graduation. See specific course information below.

*Students may waive one semester of the required Physical Education requirement by successfully completing two athletic programs during the same school year, participating in Band for two years or by successfully completing 90 hours of athletic instruction, practice and competition in a pre-approved non-school program related to physical education, athletics or recreation under the supervision of a teacher, coach or personal trainer in an 18-week period of time. The Guidance Department will counsel registrants regarding this policy.

Freshman Courses

Health Education

Course Number:  PE615
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12  (Recommended for: 9, 10)
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The study of health, or our general physical, mental and social well-being, is about making wise choices throughout life. In order to make healthy decisions, students will learn about nutrition, disease prevention, social and emotional health, first aid, and substance abuse. This semester-long course offers students rich opportunities for analyzing their behaviors and learning ways to create a happier and healthier lifestyle.

PE Activities

Course Number:  PE618
Open to grades: ​ 9
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is designed to develop or enhance the knowledge of personal fitness, individual and team sports through participation, with emphasis on fair play, basic skills and teamwork. The knowledge and skills gained in this program will serve to develop valuable use of leisure time for lifelong learning, activity, and enjoyment. 

*Students may waive one semester of the required physical education requirement by successfully completing two athletic programs during the same year or by completing 90 hours of athletic instruction / practice / competition of a pre-approved non-school program related to physical education / athletics / recreation under the supervision of a teacher/director/personal trainer in an 18-week period of time. Two full credits of Marching Band or Concert Band can be substituted for ½ credit of Physical Education.  Beginning with the Class of 2026, PE Waivers will no longer be accepted.

Health & Physical Activities

Course Number:  PE623
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10  (Strongly recommended in grade 9 or 10)
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None (Recommended for students needing both Health and PE requirements)
Course Description:  This is a two-semester course that combines Health and Physical Activities classes together.  See those course descriptions above for details.

Fitness & Wellness

Course Number:  PE616
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an introduction to fitness and health principles with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, weight management and health-related fitness concepts. Students will have the opportunity to assess their current levels of physical fitness, nutrition and activity patterns in order to develop a personalized health and fitness program. Students will be required to participate in physical fitness activities and study the pertinent principles governing fitness.

Strength Training

Course Number:  PE609
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This one-semester course provides instruction in proper strength training.  This includes proper lifting technique, pace, spotting, weight room behavior and ettiquette.  Instruction will be both to the group and to the individual to provide the greatest benefit to all those participating.  This course is strongly suggested for those interested in improving their overall strength and athleticism.

Sports Performance

Course Number:  PE610
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This one-semester course provides instruction in proper strength training.  This includes proper lifting technique, pace, spotting, weight room behavior and ettiquette.  Instruction will be both to the group and to the individual to provide the greatest benefit to all those participating.  This course may also include sports specific drills that allow students to improve specific aspects of their athletic abilities.  This course is strongly recommended for athletes, but is open to anyone looking to improve strength and athleticism.

 

Team Sports

Course Number:  PE611
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course will focus on the team aspect of sports.  Students will have the opportunity to play a variety of team sports while also working on aspects of being a good teammate and showing good sportsmanship during competition.

Sophomore Courses

Health Education

Course Number:  PE615
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12  (Strongly Recommended 9, 10)
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The study of health, or our general physical, mental and social well-being, is about making wise choices throughout life. In order to make healthy decisions, students will learn about nutrition, disease prevention, social and emotional health, first aid, and substance abuse. This semester-long course offers students rich opportunities for analyzing their behaviors and learning ways to create a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Health & Physical Activities

Course Number:  PE623
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10  (Strongly recommended in grade 9 or 10)
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None (Recommended for students needing both Health and PE requirements)
Course Description:  This is a two-semester course that combines Health and Physical Activities classes together.  See those course descriptions above for details.

Fitness & Wellness

Course Number:  PE616
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an introduction to fitness and health principles with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, weight management and health-related fitness concepts. Students will have the opportunity to assess their current levels of physical fitness, nutrition and activity patterns in order to develop a personalized health and fitness program. Students will be required to participate in physical fitness activities and study the pertinent principles governing fitness.

Strength Training

Course Number:  PE609
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This one-semester course provides instruction in proper strength training.  This includes proper lifting technique, pace, spotting, weight room behavior and ettiquette.  Instruction will be both to the group and to the individual to provide the greatest benefit to all those participating.  This course is strongly suggested for those interested in improving their overall strength and athleticism.

Sports Performance

Course Number:  PE610
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This one-semester course provides instruction in proper strength training.  This includes proper lifting technique, pace, spotting, weight room behavior and ettiquette.  Instruction will be both to the group and to the individual to provide the greatest benefit to all those participating.  This course may also include sports specific drills that allow students to improve specific aspects of their athletic abilities.  This course is strongly recommended for athletes, but is open to anyone looking to improve strength and athleticism.

Team Sports

Course Number:  PE611
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course will focus on the team aspect of sports.  Students will have the opportunity to play a variety of team sports while also working on aspects of being a good teammate and showing good sportsmanship during competition.

Junior Courses

Health Education

Course Number:  PE615
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12  (Strongly Recommended 9, 10)
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The study of health, or our general physical, mental and social well-being, is about making wise choices throughout life. In order to make healthy decisions, students will learn about nutrition, disease prevention, social and emotional health, first aid, and substance abuse. This semester-long course offers students rich opportunities for analyzing their behaviors and learning ways to create a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Fitness & Wellness

Course Number:  PE616
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an introduction to fitness and health principles with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, weight management and health-related fitness concepts. Students will have the opportunity to assess their current levels of physical fitness, nutrition and activity patterns in order to develop a personalized health and fitness program. Students will be required to participate in physical fitness activities and study the pertinent principles governing fitness.

Strength Training

Course Number:  PE609
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This one-semester course provides instruction in proper strength training.  This includes proper lifting technique, pace, spotting, weight room behavior and ettiquette.  Instruction will be both to the group and to the individual to provide the greatest benefit to all those participating.  This course is strongly suggested for those interested in improving their overall strength and athleticism.

Sports Performance

Course Number:  PE610
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This one-semester course provides instruction in proper strength training.  This includes proper lifting technique, pace, spotting, weight room behavior and ettiquette.  Instruction will be both to the group and to the individual to provide the greatest benefit to all those participating.  This course may also include sports specific drills that allow students to improve specific aspects of their athletic abilities.  This course is strongly recommended for athletes, but is open to anyone looking to improve strength and athleticism.

Team Sports

Course Number:  PE611
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course will focus on the team aspect of sports.  Students will have the opportunity to play a variety of team sports while also working on aspects of being a good teammate and showing good sportsmanship during competition.

Senior Courses

Health Education

Course Number:  PE615
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12  (Recommended for: 9, 10)
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
​​​​​​​Course Description:  The study of health, or our general physical, mental and social well-being, is about making wise choices throughout life. In order to make healthy decisions, students will learn about nutrition, disease prevention, social and emotional health, first aid, and substance abuse. This semester-long course offers students rich opportunities for analyzing their behaviors and learning ways to create a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Lifetime Fitness & Wellness

Course Number:  PE616
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is an introduction to fitness and health principles with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, weight management and health-related fitness concepts. Students will have the opportunity to assess their current levels of physical fitness, nutrition and activity patterns in order to develop a personalized health and fitness program. Students will be required to participate in physical fitness activities and study the pertinent principles governing fitness.

Weight Training & Conditioning

Course Number:  PE613
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Physical Education and Health Education
Course Description:  This one-semester course provides instruction in proper weight training and conditioning. Instruction will be individualized to provide the greatest benefit to the individual. This course is strongly suggested for those interested in improving their athleticism.

Sports & Leadership Zero Hour

Course Number:  PE614
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  Department Approval
Course Description:  This course is designed to use weight training to develop a positive physical and mental self. The emphasis of this course will be on weight training techniques, plyometric exercises, nutrition, flexibility, leadership development and sports-specific skills designed to improve the overall student-athlete.

Sports & Leadership 2 Zero Hour

Course Number:  PE617
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours:  Credit Only (No Grade Assigned)
Prerequisite:  Department Approval
Course Description:  This course is designed to use weight training to develop a positive physical and mental self. The emphasis of this course will be on weight training techniques, plyometric exercises, nutrition, flexibility, leadership development and sports-specific skills designed to improve the overall student-athlete. Students who have completed up to four semesters of Sports and Leadership I must register for Sports and Leadership II.