Physical Education

Santa Margarita Catholic High School is committed to the health and wellness of our students. Students are given the tools to practice a healthy lifestyle and participate in a variety of activities that promote lifelong fitness and emotional and physical well-being.

Our physical education program develops and refines motor skills, promotes fitness and strength through exercise and teaches the importance of overall wellness. Students have the opportunity to workout in the school’s Eagle Athletic Center featuring a 5,822 square-foot weight and fitness center on par with the nation’s top universities. The school's Aquatic Center boasts an Olympic-size, 50-meter pool and is used throughout the year.


Physical Education Courses


The Physical Education curriculum is fitness based and is designed for both new and repeat students. All of the aspects of total fitness will be covered in the course. The course will also include exposure to and instruction in a variety of team and individual sports.
Length of Course: Year/Semester
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12


This class is a combination of strength training, cross training, and power movements. Students will supplement their workouts with various speed, fitness, core strength drills, and agility drills. This course focuses on improving strength, fitness, and flexibility for injury prevention and agility. The course is designed to offer a higher level of proficiency and more in depth instruction in weight training. Training principals are taught and students learn how they impact a lifetime of physical fitness. Students learn that weight training is a fitness activity with many benefits, including improving personal health, increasing longevity, and quality of life through the reduction of stress.
Length of Course: Year/Semester
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Previous Physical Education/Participation in Sports or Instructor Approval. Open to both Men and Women.


This course will offer students the opportunity to use spin and elliptical machines, participate in instructed classes such as Yoga, Pilates, and Aerobic (kickboxing, step aerobics, light weights, circuit training) workouts. This class will assist students in building and maintaining lifelong physical and mental fitness. Students will be exposed to and have experience with all five components of fitness-cardiovascular strength, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition.
Length of Course: Year/Semester
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Physical Education/Participation in Sports or Instructor Approval.

This course is an introduction to the field of sports medicine through a semester long class. This class teaches the techniques of athletic training through observation and lecture. Students will be assigned to a team for home game coverage. This is an after school course that may require late hours after school and manual lifting of equipment.
Length of Course: Semester
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisites: Approval of Head Trainer.

Team managers will be responsible for supporting the Head Coach and liaise with all matters relating to the team. Student will work under the direction of the Head coach
Length of Course: Entire season of sport as defined by Head Coach
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Completed Contract, Approval of Head Coach, and approval of the Associate Athletic Director.

The Independent Study Physical Education course is designed for students who are already participating in a committed, sustained, and organized approved physical activity pursuit. Examples include competitive ice skating, gymnastics, crew, martial arts, or ballet. All applications for Independent Study PE must be signed and approved by the PE Coordinator prior to the beginning of the semester. ISPE is not available for sports or activities that are already offered at SMCHS. All independent study activities must be monitored, supervised and verified by a qualified instructor, coach, or trainer. An Independent Study Physical Education course requires personal accountability and maturity. Students enrolled in this course will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the ISPE contract, which includes completion of all monthly workout logs and submission of all reports.
Length of Course: Semester
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Approval of PE Coordinator.