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Health Education


Health education focuses on providing students with accurate and current information on health issues. By learning accurate health information, the goal of this course is to help students develop positive attitudes about their own health and well-being. Students are given the information they need to develop good habits, and are encouraged to make positive changes to their lives. 


Physical Education


The High School for Environmental Studies provides students with several different options in physical education.


Weight Training


The weight training class at the High School for Environmental Studies is designed to provide each student with the knowledge needed to understand the workings and benefits of strength and cardiovascular training. Students learn the importance of setting fitness goals for personal lifetime fitness activities and, with the support of the physical education teachers, are given the chance to design their own personalized exercise program with safety and fitness in mind. Classes are held in the School’s fitness center which consists of various types of fitness equipment, including elliptical machines, stationary bikes, treadmills, universal machines for upper and lower body work and free weight exercises.




Taking place in the dance studio, the Yoga course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of yoga as a physical discipline of asanas (poses) and breathing exercises. Focusing on Hathya Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, the class also examines Yoga histories, cultural influences and current Yoga trends.




The Physical Education Department offers several dance options for its students. One such class is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness course in which dance movements are used to create a comprehensive cardiovascular and strength-based program. Through a partnership with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, a second dance class is offered where students are given the opportunity to study with a member of the renowned company. Both courses are held in the school’s dance studio.


New York State Education Department (NYSED) Commissioner’s Regulations regarding high school physical education (PE) requirements.