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High School Graduation Requirements

1 credit in Physical Education

hysical Education: High School

What's New in HS Physical Education?

During the 2022-23 school year high school physical education will be working within the Maryland State Department of Education (2022) curriculum framework for physical education. These changes shift the focus of high school physical education from team sport focus to personal fitness analysis and planning. 

Remaining in course content is the focus on three main themes - movement skills and concepts (MSC), health enhancing fitness and physical activity (HEFPA), and personal and social responsibility (PSR). 

High School Physical Education Standards for a Physically Literate Student

Updated HS Scope and Sequence - MCPS HS Scope and Sequence and Assessment (2022)


A list of current offerings within our high schools can be found linked here. Each school uses student voice data to determine which courses are offered each school year. Should a student like to recommend a source not listed please see the resource teacher for physical education within the student's school.


If your student has an injury or illness that may limit their physical participation in physical education please contact their physical education teacher. Read more about what to to when your student has a short term illness (linked here). 

State Documents