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Health education is an integral component of a comprehensive program of study for all students in the Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD). A health education program that addresses the physical, intellectual/mental, emotional, and social aspects of health teaches students how to maintain and improve their health; prevent disease; reduce health-related risk behaviors; develop health knowledge, skills, and attitudes that foster academic performance at school; and become healthy, successful adults who are productive members of their communities.

The CFSD Health and Wellness framework presents a sequential K-12 plan for teaching students the information and skills they need to become health literate and maintain and improve their health. The standards are aligned to the Arizona Health Education Standards and the National Health Education Standards. They are designed to help students develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, skills, and practices.

Human Growth and Development is an optional curriculum taught at the fifth through 9th grade levels as a component of CFSD's K-2 Comprehensive Health Curriculum. In accordance with state statute, written parental permission is a requirement for student participation in the curriculum's designated lessons. Per Arizona Statute, parents must "opt in" to CFSD's Human Growth and Development curriculum.

Introduction to the Health Standards  |  Introduction to Human Growth & Development (Grades 5-9)