Physical Education Overview

  • Physical Education is the foundation of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. Hillsborough County Public Schools strives to have a high quality academic physical education program characterized by a planned, sequential kindergarten through grade 12 curricula that is based on the Florida Standards for physical education and taught by a certified physical education teacher. Our curricula and instruction are designed to intellectually engage students physically and cognitively by, developing motor skills, increasing knowledge and behaviors for active living, enhancing individualized components of fitness, exhibiting sportsmanship, increasing self-efficacy, and demonstrating the social emotional learning competencies.

    The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America defines a school physical education program as, “the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children and to teach them the skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle. Physical education teachers assess students knowledge, motor and social skills, and provide instruction in a safe, supportive environment."

    Our K-12 Physical Education program outcomes include:


Grade Level Requirements

    • Elementary: Section 1003.455, F.S., requires 150 minutes of physical education each week for students in grades K-5. A minimum of 30 consecutive minutes is required on any day that physical education instruction is provided.
    • Middle: Section 1003.455, F.S., requires one semester of physical education each year for students enrolled in grades 6-8.
    • High: Section 1003.4282, F.S., includes a one credit physical education requirement with the integration of health.