Physical Education


Physical Education is a unique approach toward the education of the individual.  It is a composite program designed to coordinate and foster the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of individuals in order that they may be better able to approach life’s problems.  As physical activity is the core of the program, it becomes the main medium through which the physical educator works and through which the educative process takes place.  Through a careful selection and arrangement of various activities, a substantial contribution can be made toward the total education of individuals as they progress through situations involving themselves, the group and society.  The students are then given the opportunity of experimenting in a laboratory of life situations.





Health Education is concerned with the student’s physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.  The primary responsibility is to provide information that assists students in developing concepts and behaviors that will encourage the formation of safe personal health practices.  The topics discussed at this level are as follows: Your Health and Wellness, Making Healthful Choices, Physical Fitness and Your Health, Nutrition,

Mental and Emotional Health, Family and Social Health, Body Systems, Growth and Development, Medicines and Drugs, Diseases and Disorders, and Consumer and Environmental Health.

TEXTBOOK: Total Health - Choices for a Winning Life Style (Riveredge)





The primary purpose of Driver and Traffic Safety Education is to save lives and reduce motor vehicle accidents through the education of future highway users.  The goal of this course is to instill in students knowledge of the laws and regulations of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Code.  Topics such as the Practice of Defensive Driving, the Mechanical Workings of the Automobile and the Legal and Financial Responsibilities of a Licensed Driver will be explored.  The State Driver’s Examination is administered at the completion of the course.  A score of 80 percent or better is required to participate in any Behind-the-Wheel Programs.





Accidents occur at all times and all places and are the number one killer of people between the ages of one and thirty-eight in the United States.  This loss of our greatest national resource makes it essential that all students receive intensive instruction in the theory and practice of First Aid.  Everyone should know how and what to do in case of an emergency caused by an unfortunate accident or sudden illness, either at home, in school, or in the community.





This course prepares students for the responsibility of making decisions by learning life management skills.  Personal and life skills, including an understanding of self and relationships with others, as well as skills related to Work, Money, Material Objects, Nutrition and Leisure Time, will be emphasized.

TEXTBOOK: Life after High School:  Valuable Life Skills for the Goal Oriented Achiever.



In this course, students will develop the skills and concepts needed to gain personal and financial responsibility.  The class will cover such topics as savings, investments, debt management, investing, protecting assets, and income tax.  The goal of the course is to help students become educated consumers.

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Saint Mary High School

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Saint Mary High School

64 Chestnut St, Rutherford, NJ 07070

Phone: 201-933-5220 | Fax: 201-933-0834

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