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 Health and Physical Education

​​​​​​​​​​​Health Education and Physical Education are integral parts of the total education of every child from kindergarten through grade 12. Therefore, every student should have the opportunity to participate in a quality health and physical education program. 

It is the role of quality health education programs to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful learners and healthy and productive adults. To help students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors, health education should contribute directly to a student’s ability to successfully practice behaviors which protect and promote health and avoid or reduce health risks.

It is the role of quality physical education programs to help students develop health-related fitness, physical competence in movement activities, cognitive understanding, and positive attitudes toward physical activity so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles. Quality programs are also important because they provide learning experiences that meet a student’s developmental needs, which in turn helps to improve the mental alertness, academic performance, readiness, and enthusiasm for learning.

Good health and academic success are directly related. Healthy children are better students and better students become healthy, successful, productive adults.


Health and Physical Education Grants

Georgia health and physical education teachers will be eligible to apply and receive one time equipment or program grants to increase health and physical education quality during the school day.  

Grant applications are now open.  

All applications are due before January 24, 2022 at 10:00 am.

Grant Request for Applications

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS STEP Grant (Fitness Equipment)


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS_PEP_Grant (Physical Education Program Grant)​


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS_PEPR_Grant (RURAL Physical Education Program Grant)​


Health Education Georgia Standards of Excellence

Health Education Georgia Standards of Excellence were approved on March 25, 2021, by the State Board of Education.

The use of the revised GSE for Health Education is voluntary for the 2021-2022 school year. Full implementation begins in the 2022-2023 school year.​

Georgia Standards of Excellence for Health Education

K-12 Georgia Standards of Excellence for Health Education


GaDOE HPE Community​

GaDOE has launched a new innovative platform to provide the opportunity for science teachers, leaders and GaDOE staff to collaborate, connect and share thoughts and resources. ​ See our GaDOE community flyer ​​for steps on how to get started. We look forward to connecting!​

Resources for Health and Physical Education Teachers ​

​​Remote Learning Resources

​​​Health Education Resources​


Red Ribbon Lesson Plans K-5​​​

Middle and High​

​​HPE Requirements, Rules and Policy​

​Fitness Assessment Program


  General Information

 Health Education

  Sample Scope and Sequence

 Physical Education

  Georgia Standards of Excellence

  • Please visit to view and download the Physical Education Georgia Standards of Excellence

  Physical Education GSE Resources

​​​Instructional Frameworks

​​  Grades K - 8​

​​​​​​  K- 5 SAMPLE Maps 

  High School

Adapted Physical Education 

 CPR Information (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-149.1)
 School Bus Safety
  Elementary School
Middle School

High School

 Gender Equity
 Links and Resources
 GHSA Information and Forms


 Contact Information

Therese McGuire
Program Specialist
Cell: 678-595-0340