Independent PE*

Why This Class

Does your student practice and receive coaching in an individual or team sport on a regular basis? Are they passionate about continuing their training alongside their academic pursuits? If so, you want their dedication to pay off as much as possible. This course gives your student the chance to receive high school credit for their athletic pursuits.

Students in this course commit to logging sixty hours of combined practice or work in a single activity within a given semester. Along the way, they submit four brief reports of their progress (one for every fifteen hours of work) and receive live instruction or coaching at least four times from a qualified professional in their field. A qualified professional can be a coach, a professional teacher, or anyone trained in the subject. If the parent of a student also happens to be a qualified professional, they can fill this role. Students submit their instructor’s contact information for Williamsburg to confirm at the end of the semester.

By completing this course, students earn credit for participating in a sport or activity that inspires them. They not only improve as athletes but also strengthen their ability to set goals independently and achieve them.

Overarching Questions

How can I earn credit by practicing a physical activity that I love, receiving instruction from an expert, and reporting on my progress?

What can I do better to help myself develop my talents?

What progress am I making toward my goals in my chosen activity?

How are my efforts paying off? What is my next step?

Reading List


Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman) – 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 4

Format: Self-paced

Credits: 0.5, Pass/Fail

*Students can enroll in Independent PE for any of the following activities (activities not on this list must first be approved by the course mentor):

  • Team Sports:
    Football, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Water Polo
  • Individual Sports:
    Martial Arts (includes all forms), Tennis, Golf, Track & Field, Wrestling, Rodeo, Swimming, Skateboarding, Surfing, Fencing, Bowling, Figure Skating, Yoga, Rock Climbing, Mountain Climbing, Hiking, Running, Paintball, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Shooting, Motor Sports, Snowboarding, Skiing
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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools.