All Health Education classes are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Health Education.
Elementary Health Education
Health education at the elementary level focuses on the development of wellness concepts safety practices, and challenges experienced during maturation. This comprehensive program provides age-appropriate instructional activities that promote safety and health enhancing behaviors.
Health instruction will be included weekly; one complete lesson taught within a 20-45-minute block of time.
Middle School Health Education Requirements
Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades must receive at least six weeks of health instruction each school year. It is recommended that health education be offered as a six-week pullout while the student is enrolled in physical education.
Note: The six weeks of instruction must run consecutively.
Human sexuality curriculum lessons are taught in middle school health education. Teachers should send home a form allowing parents to opt-out of this curriculum in advance of teaching the unit.
High School Health Education
In Health Education at the high school level, students develop skills that will make them health literate adults. Students gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and behaviors they use to safeguard their health, particularly pertaining to health risks.
Students are taught how to access accurate information that they can use to promote health for themselves and others. Students use problem-solving, research, goal setting and communication skills to protect their health and that of the community.
Houston ISD requires that high school students earn a .5 credit of Health Education for graduation.
Human sexuality curriculum lessons are taught in high school health education. Teachers should send home a form allowing parents to opt-out of this curriculum in advance of teaching the unit.