Upper School
US Curriculum

Health Education

The Upper School Health Education course provides students with opportunities to learn about ways to have a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices.
The Peer Advisory program provides eleventh-grade students with the opportunity to mentor a group of ninth-grade students. Participation in the program requires a strong commitment to being a responsible role model and to the peer mentoring philosophy of helping others for the good of the community. Some of the goals of the program are to foster relationships among students and to build long-lasting community values. An important aspect of the role of the Peer Advisor is to help support the ninth-graders in their transition to the Upper School.

Health Education Courses

List of 3 items.

  • Grade 9: Peer Advisory

    All ninth-graders will be registered for Peer Advisory automatically. Each advisory group meets once per cycle and is led by several juniors assigned as the group’s Peer Advisors.
  • Grade 10: Health and Wellness

    2 meetings per seven-day cycle/0 credits.
    Required for sophomores. All sophomores are registered for this course automatically.

    This required course meets twice per cycle for the entire year and will provide students with opportunities to learn about ways to have a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices. Topics will include, but are not limited to, emotional health, nutrition and fitness, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, sexual education, and chronic and communicable diseases. The course will focus on developing the student’s information base and practical skills in order to encourage responsible choices in the related topic areas, and includes the introduction and practice of techniques for stress reduction, health maintenance, and peak performance.
  • Grade 11: Peer Advisor

    2 meetings per seven-day cycle/1 credit
    Open to juniors only. Grading is Pass/Fail.

    Prerequisite: Approval through an application and interview process.

    Peer Advisory will be scheduled as a minor course and meet 2x/cycle; one meeting will be a training session and the other meeting will be with a Peer Advisory group. Those taking more than 5 majors and 1 minor will likely not be able to fit Peer Advisory into their schedules.

    The Peer Advisory program provides students with the opportunity to mentor a group of ninth-grade students. Participation in the program requires a strong commitment to being a responsible role model and to the peer mentoring philosophy of helping others for the good of the community. Some of the goals of the program are to foster relationships among students and to build long-lasting community values. An important aspect of the role of the Peer Advisor is to help support the ninth-graders in their transition to the Upper School.

    The Peer Advisory program includes training in mentoring skills, such as communication and listening skills. It will involve ongoing training and supervision of lessons/activities that the Peer Advisors will conduct with their group of ninth-grade advisees.

    Additional time commitments for peer advisors:

    Peer Advisors will meet once in late August, during the week before school starts, to prepare for 9th-grade orientation, and will assist with ninth-grade orientation later in the week.

    Peer advisors will also be required to attend a training session during the fall pre-season period.