Nevada Department of EducationNevada Department of Education

    K-12 Physical Education


    All students have a right to a well-rounded education which includes Physical Education. Physical Education is an academic course that allows students to:

    1. learn a variety of motor skills,
    2. understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle,
    3. develop an awareness of body movement and function,
    4. learn rules and strategies from a variety of physical activities, an
    5. develop strategies to lead a physically active lifestyle.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that children ages 6 through 17 years engage in at least 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Regular physical activity among students offers many benefits including:

    • an increase in academic performance,
    • better classroom behaviors,
    • a reduction in childhood obesity,
    • a decrease in the participation of risky behaviors,
    • improve self-confidence and self-worth, and
    • helps fight against chronic diseases

    A Physical Education course gives students a dedicated opportunity to learn better and grow physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Physical activity is an essential component of achieving overall wellness. Our mission is to provide high quality and standards aligned Physical Education through positive experiences that will lead all Nevada students to be physically active now and into adulthood.