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Course Descriptions

Physical Education Course Descriptions

Freshman Physical Education
This is a required semester class for freshmen. Participation is the primary emphasis of the class. Activities include a variety of team sports, tennis and an introduction to the weight room. A freshman will complete eight twelve minute runs graded on improvement. Daily class will include a warm-up, stretch routine and an activity.

Sophomore Physical Education
This is a required semester class for sophomores. One quarter, a Health and Fitness unit is taught. Students are encouraged to make the connection between aerobic exercise and a nutritional diet as the most efficient way to attain and maintain lifelong health. Cardiovascular disease, risk factors, family health history, cholesterol, blood pressure and metabolic syndrome are included topics. The other quarter, student participation in activities is a main focus.

Weight Training
This advanced conditioning course offers individualized weight and running programs for in and out of season athletes as well as a general conditioning program for non-athletes interested in personal strength development. Individualized programs offered.

Advanced Physical Education
A class open to juniors and seniors designed to relieve stress and improve fitness, while having great fun! This class is an activity based PE class, including aerobic team games, individual lifetime sports, and other creative forms of exercise. Grades will be determined based on active participation and attendance.

Athletic Conditioning
This class is designed to meet the needs of any student desiring to improve his/her fitness level through individualized and/or class conditioning. This would include but is not limited to the following:

Progressive Weight Training
  • Circuit Training
  • Aerobic/Cardiovascular Workout; aerobic boxing, Tae Bo, cycling, jogging, jump ropes
  • Flexibility progressions
  • Introduction to Plyometrics
Occupational Education Course Descriptions

Single Survival
This course includes food preparation, personal finance, and sewing.  Some specialites include Mexican, Chinese, Italian and gourmet cooking. Course fee.

Life Skills

This course is designed to give the students an overview of the accounting cycle and provides a foundation for more advanced accounting courses.

Advanced Accounting

The yearbook class includes preparing the yearbook pages, designing the cover, preparing artwork, and soliciting advertising. Prerequisites: junior, senior.

This course is a general survey of the field of psychology and its various branches. The goals of the course are two-fold: 1) to understand our own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and 2) to understand what types of careers are available in the field of psychology.

Teacher Assistant

PE Assistant

Library Assistant

Office Assistant

Vocational Skills Center
The Spokane Area Vocational Skills Center is available for enrollment to Gonzaga Prep juniors and seniors. Students take three required core courses at Prep and then attend the Skills Center for half of the day. Interested students should see their counselor in the spring for applications to the center. Prerequisites: junior, senior, counselor permission.

Gonzaga University Dual Enrollment
Students may enroll concurrently in courses at Gonzaga University. Prerequisites: Junior, Senior, 3.0 GPA, counselor permission. Course fee ($110/class, $25 matriculation fee).

Department Graduation Requirements

2 semesters of Physical Education are required for graduation.  One semester must be in freshman year and one year must be in sophomore year and include a quarter of nutrition.

2 semesters of Occupational Education are required for graduation.

Course Sequence for PE classes:
  • 9th Grade Physical Education
  • 10th Grade Physical Education/Nutrition
  • 10th,11th,12th Fitness
  • 10th,11th,12th Advanced Physical Education