Physical Education

All physical education classes are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Physical Education.

Elementary PE Requirements

  • Students must receive a total of 135 minutes of structured TEKS-based physical education/physical activity per week.
  • Students are scheduled for 45 minutes of grade-level physical education every third day, taught by a certified physical educator.
  • Classroom teachers must provide the remaining structured physical activity time each week to reach the required 135 minutes. Most days is 20 minutes. Students also receive 30 minutes of recess daily.
  • Classroom teachers are provided with quality structured physical activities for Working Out for Wellness time for the classroom.
  • Students must wear appropriate shoes and clothing to ensure safety while being physically active.

Please note: recess is different than Working Out for Wellness time. Recess is unstructured time when students have the option of whether to be physically active. WOW time requires all students to be physically active.


Middle School PE Requirements

  • Students must take at least four semesters of physical education or physical education substitutions.
  • Students must take at least one semester of physical education or physical education substitution per grade level. It is recommended that students take a full year of physical education during their sixth-grade year.
  • Athletics, dance or JROTC are physical education substitutions that will satisfy the four-semester requirement.  
  • An approved off-campus PE program may also be substituted for the physical education requirement beginning in seventh grade. More information about this program can be found on our Off-Campus Physical Education web page.  
  • Students must wear appropriate shoes and clothing to ensure safety while being physically active.

High School PE Requirements

  • Students must earn 1 credit of physical education or physical education substitutions for high school graduation but may not earn more than 4 credits.
  • The Off-Campus PE Program may be substituted for the physical education requirement. More information about this program can be found on our Off-Campus Physical Education web page.  
  • Students must wear appropriate shoes and clothing to ensure safety while being physically active.

Physical activity limitation information

Some students may be exempt from all or some physical activities based on their individual needs. To be exempt from any physical activities, including the Fitnessgram assessment, a student must submit the restricted physical activity student report (Spanish) or submit other formal documentation completed by a member of the healing arts licensed to practice in Texas. Students will be required to learn the physical education TEKS through accommodations and/or modifications.