All students at Belmont High School must complete four years of
physical education in order to graduate. One Physical Education (P.E.)
credit is awarded for the completion of one semester of coursework, for
a total of eight required credits over four years. All ninth grade students
must complete Wellness, a year-long course that is worth two credits.
All eleventh grade students must take Positive Decision-Making, a
semester length, one-credit course.
Earning Physical Education Credits
In addition to the two required courses, there are three ways
students may earn the remaining five P.E. credits needed for
graduation. Students may combine any two of the three ways of
earning P.E. credits to earn their two-credits per year.
- The first way to
earn P.E. credits is through enrolling in a course that is offered during the regular school day. Each semester-length course in the Program of
Studies is worth one P.E. credit. Students can arrange to enroll in P.E.
courses during regular course selection in the winter.
- The second way for students to complete their P.E. requirements is
to compete in a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association sanctioned
sport. Each season of competition (fall, winter, or spring) is
awarded one credit.
- The third way students can fulfill their P.E. requirements is through
the completion of an “Independent Study” course.
Credit can be earned through participating in organized activities that
are outside of the BHS program. Some examples of acceptable
activities are participation on a “club” team, such as rugby, crew, or
ultimate Frisbee or participation in a physical activity that is
“instructionally-based,” such as a dance program, or martial-arts
lessons. Depending on the nature of the activity, students may enroll in
an Independent Study in Physical Education that is either half year (one
credit) or a full year (two credits) in length. Independent Study Courses
must meet for at least 30 hours per semester. As is the case with all
Independent Study Courses at BHS, a student may not take an
Independent Study in P.E. that replicates the existing BHS curriculum.
The full set of rules governing Independent Study courses can be found
in the BHS Program of Studies. Forms for
Independent Study in P.E. are available in the Guidance Office and
completed forms for First-Semester and Full-Year Independent Studies
must be returned by the first Monday in June. Forms for spring
Independent Studies will be due the first Friday after the holiday break
in January. Applications submitted after the stated deadlines will not be
In order to receive credit at the end of the semester or year,
students must submit a verification letter documenting the completed
hours from the place/instructor of the activity.