Physical Education

All 3rd through 12th grade students enrolled in a PE or a PE substitution are required to take the Fitnessgram assessment. The assessment includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity, muscular strength and body composition. Scores from these assessments are compared to Healthy Fitness Zone standards to determine students' overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement. Parents can request a copy of their student's Fitnessgram report from their physical education teacher or view it on the AISD Parent Cloud.

Fitnessgram Dates

Elementary School FG Dates

Diagnostic - October
Final - May

Middle School FG Dates

Fall Semester - September & December
Spring Semester - January & May
Yearlong Class - September & May

High School FG Dates

Fall Semester - September & December
Spring Semester - January & May
Yearlong Class - September & May

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.