Junior Health

Madison High School

Health and Physical Education Department

Junior Health Education

Eleventh graders will participate in health education during the third marking period of the school year.  Health Education will replace Physical Education during this time period and students will remain with their assigned Health and Physical Education teacher.  Health will meet four days a week and on the fifth day students will be assigned to a study hall, lab science or study skills class.  During the marking period of health, students will be graded like other academic courses; however this marking period will be incorporated into their overall Health and Physical Education cumulative grade for the year.

The district curriculum adheres to the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Health and Physical Education.  These standards include:

Standard 2.1 (Wellness)  All students will learn and apply health promotion concepts and skills to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Standard 2.2 (Integrated Skills) All students will use health-enhancing personal, interpersonal, and life skills to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Standard 2.3 (Drugs and Medicines) All students will learn and apply information about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and medicines to make decisions that support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Standard 2.4 (Human Relationships and Sexuality)  All students will learn the physical, emotional, and social aspects of human relationships and sexuality and apply these concepts to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Standard 2.5 (Motor Skill Development) All students will utilize safe, efficient, and effective movement to develop and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Standard 2.6 (Fitness) All students will apply health-related and skill-related fitness concepts and skills to develop and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Family Life

Madison Public Schools are required by the state of New Jersey to annually provide parents and guardians of pupils enrolled in our district with a course outline and a list of instructional materials used in the family life education curriculum for their child’s grade level.  The program (addressing such topics as disease prevention, human sexuality and chemical health education) comprises portions of the Comprehensive Education Course of Study (K-12). Parents should consult the course of study for more information regarding this program and the Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) Program.  The CHE Program is based on the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. 


Since 1968, our school district has provided a committee review of family life material for which input regarding professional and community standards is valuable. The committee is comprised of school district administrators, teachers, schools nurses, student representatives and community members from the medical profession, clergy, health organizations, and parents.  Resources are continually updated by this committee and the Curriculum Office as needed.  Parents/Guardians who do not wish their child be in attendance during particular lessons can request so in writing to the principal.


Scope and Sequence

Male and Female Reproductive Systems (3 days)

     1.  Male Reproductive System

     2.  Female Reproductive System

     3.  Reproductive Health

Sexual Decision Making (4 days)

     1.  The Decision Making Model

     2.  Responsibility of your actions

     3.  Consequences associated with poor decisions.

Birth Control (6 days)

     1.  Abstinence

     2.  Barrier methods

     3.  Hormone-based methods

     4.  Advantages and disadvantages of birth control methods.

 Fetal Development, Pregnancy, Childbirth (7 days)

     1.  Conception

     2.  Stages of Fetal Development

     3.  Influence of Drugs and Alcohol on the fetus.

     4.  Stages of Pregnancy

     5.  Precautions taken during pregnancy.

     6.  Weight gain during pregnancy.

     7.  Causes of birth defects.

     8.  Tests used to detect birth defects.

     9.  Physical, emotional and financial responsibility of parenthood.

    10.  Stages of childbirth

    11.  Cesarean section

Sexually Transmitted Infections (5 days)

     1.  Risk factors for acquiring an STI. 

     2.  Bacterial STIs.

     3.  Viral STIs.

     4.  Protozoan and Parasitic STIs.

     5.  HIV/AIDS

     6.  Treatment and prevention.

Sexual Harassment, Date Rape, Sexual Assault (7 days)

     1.  Definition of sexual harassment.

     2.  Examples of sexual harassment.

     3.  Hazing and bullying

     4.  Risk factors for date rape.

     5.  Prevention of sexual assault.