Physical Education Guidelines

SHAPE America recommends that schools provide 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year. A quality physical education program provides learning opportunities, appropriate instruction,meaningful and challenging content and student and program assessment.

Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines

Appropriate_PracticeThese best-selling SHAPE America booklets describe physical education practices that serve the best interests of children and students from preschool through high school. Learn more...

Opportunity to Learn Guidelines

Opportunity to LearnThis document addresses program elements that are essential to provide full opportunity for students to learn physical education in elementary school. Learn more...




Other Guidance Documents

Guidance documents provide a widely accepted protocol on a variety of topics. Although guidance documents communicate information that is widely accepted and used in the profession, guidance documents are not official  position statements. The following guidance documents are available:

Physical Education

The Essential Components of Physical Education New!

SHAPE America's Position: SHAPE America has defined the four essential components of physical education: policy and environment, curriculum, appropriate practices and student assessment.