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IPS Physical & Health Education Department

Indianapolis Public Schools Physical Education & Health Department provides leadership through continuing professional development and advocacy that ensures effective delivery of evidence-informed school physical education and health and physical activity programs that foster healthy, active, and physically literate youth. 

Physical Education encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, physical fitness, motor skills, social skills and positive attitudes that foster and empower students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.

The framework in Physical Education is a guiding document for Physical Education curriculum and instruction across the district in an effort to create high quality physical education. High quality PE is the cornerstone of a Comprehensive school Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) CSPAP defines an academic program subject, which results in all students, including those with disabilities, developing the knowledge, skill, and confidence needed to adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle.  The K-12 PE learning standards found in our framework spiral and ensure students will develop skills in sports, recreation, fitness, leadership and working in teams. These skills develop student competence, a critical predictor
of involvement in life-long physical activity. PE is the only place where all students are provided with the instruction they need to develop these skills.

Our effort on the elementary level is to form a foundation for the development of a physically educated person. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education defines a physically educated individual as one who:

  • Has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Is physically fit.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Knows the implications and benefits of involvement in physical activities.
  • Values physical activity and its contribution to a healthful lifestyle.

Health Education Framework encompasses a strong commitment in creating a positive and inclusive learning environment that engages students in learning the skills they need to live a healthy lives, that delivers standards at the national, state and local standards and frameworks.

Health Education top priorities will be:

  • Implementing a sequential, comprehensive curriculum- aligned with the National Health Education Standards and other relevant frameworks- that is skill-based, with an emphasis on developing health literacy
  • Employing instructional practices that engage students in learning and in developing their health-related skills
  • Using assessments that measure student growth, knowledge and health-related skill development
  • Advocating for a positive school culture toward health and health education
  • Maintaining high standards of practice

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Indianapolis Public Schools Physical Education & Health Department is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive and engaging physical education program across all grade levels. Our curriculum is designed to align with National Standards for Physical Education, promote healthy lifestyles, and develop essential skills that contribute to students’ overall growth and development.

CURRICULUM:  Our Physical Education program follows the OPEN Curriculum, which is organized into three main grade bands: PreK-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each grade band is focused on achieving specific outcomes, helping students develop essential skills and knowledge for lifelong 

Grade Level Outcomes

PreK-5th Grade Physical Education: Elementary physical education offers developmentally appropriate and sequential activities that contribute to the growth and development of each individual child. The program emphasizes basic movement and motor skills, understanding healthy fitness levels, and developing effective personal and social skills. From kindergarten to 2nd grade, the focus is on fundamental movement skills. The 3rd through 5th-grade program expands on these skills and imparts the knowledge necessary for a lifetime of active participation.

6th-8th Grade Middle School Physical Education: Middle school physical education plays a vital role in the total education program, offering students opportunities to develop physically, mentally, and socially. The curriculum emphasizes self-image, teamwork, cooperation, socialization, goal-setting, problem-solving, muscle development, coordination, and understanding human motion. Students are encouraged to improve their competence based on their abilities and current development levels, with activities integrated across a three-year program.

9th-12th High School Physical Education: The high school physical education program reinforces and extends learning standards, promoting the application of knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain healthy, active lifestyles. Students engage in a variety of activities designed to enhance their learning and skill development throughout their high school years.

Adapted physical education is physical education that has been modified so it is appropriate for students with disabilities. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), all students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) should receive effective physical education services.

  • National Standards for Health 
  • IPS Pacing Guides and Curriculum Resources
    • PreK-5th Grade Health Pacing Guides 
    • 6th-8th Grade Middle School Health Pacing Guides 
    • High School Health Pacing Guides
    • Resources 

Textbook Adoption 2023-24 – DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE PANEL- CONTACT Kathy Langdon

Policy and Promotions support the goal for IPS to strive to be one of the healthiest school districts in the country.  Our goal is to actively promote the social, emotional, and physical wellness of all students and staff to support their healthy development and readiness to learn.  IPS aims to create safe, healthy, and sustaining school environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.  

The District Wellness Policy (see below) supports these goals and aligns with the Whole School Whole Community Whole Child model.  

Health & Wellness coordinates the development and evaluation of and updates to the District Wellness Policy and other health-related policies. We support the District Wellness Council in facilitating the District Wellness Council meetings and coordination of the Council subcommittees. Additionally, we provide technical assistance, coaching, and professional development for school-based wellness councils for the school lead wellness.  

School Lead Wellness Coordinators help to create safe, healthy and sustaining school environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Wellness campaigns, activities, and events in each classroom and throughout the school help to foster a culture of wellness and health promotion. Curated resources and materials, as well as technical assistance, is available for school-based staff who are interested in implementing health promotions in their school.

District Wellness Team 

  • Do you want to be part of this team: email 

School Wellness Leads

  • Do you want to be part of your child’s Wellness Team; Check with your student’s Lead team member 

Recess plays a crucial role in promoting physical activity among students during the school day, complementing physical education and classroom activities. Scheduled regularly, recess offers students monitored playtime for physical activity and social interaction. Recess should not replace physical education classes but instead serves as an additional opportunity for students to stay active and engaged throughout the day.

Current offerings:

  • Beyond Monumental Kids Running Program 
  • Indy Fuel-Learn to Skate 
  • Ninja Warriors Program 
  • Kids Heart Challenge
  • Hoosier Heights Climbing 
  • IPS Jammin’ Jumpers 
  • Archery Program
  • BMX Bike Program

Kathy Langdon