• About Physical Education

    Curricular Standards

    Curricular Standards Physical education is one of three components of the in the North Carolina State Standard Course of Study in the Healthful Living Education curriculum. The physical education program for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the national standards established by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

    Physical education is taught by certified physical educators in grades K-12. Elementary students receive physical education instruction one day a week. At the middle school level, students receive one semester to one year of physical education instruction. Students at the high school level are required to take two semesters of physical education to meet state and local graduation standards. Electives are available to high school students

    Fitness Testing

    Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools uses FitnessGram as the physical fitness assessment for students in grades 3-12.  

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Guidelines:

    • Students in grades 3-5 are fitness tested at least 1x a year
    • Students in grades 6-12 are fitness tested at least 2x a semester/year
    • ​***Students should NOT be graded on their performance on the fitness test***

    Fitness Test components:

    • Cardiorespiratory endurance: Teachers choose either the 15m or 20m Pacer or the 1 mile (whatever test you choose for their 1st attempt should always be used for all future assessments)
    • Muscular endurance: Curl-Up test
    • Muscular strength: Push-Up Test
    • Flexibility: Teachers choose either the shoulder right/left stretch, trunk lift, or V-sit (whatever test you choose for their 1st attempt should always be used for all future assessments)