Physical Education Department
The physical education and health program at Loyola promotes a Christian perspective of life-long wellness habits and practices for the care and stewardship of the body so that it may be presented in useful service to Jesus Christ and to others. Students receive an intellectual understanding of principles and theories that allow practical application of the techniques and mechanics of games, sports, fitness, and recreation. Students will be exposed to the necessity of regular exercise and a nutritional diet, as well as the importance of stress management, and other topics related to a healthy lifestyle.
As a Jesuit college preparatory school, Loyola Academy's two-year physical education program, coupled with formation, and health and wellness, allows the student to develop to one's potential in a healthy, strong, and well-coordinated body.
All students must satisfactorily complete physical education for four semesters of high school enrollment. During the freshman year, all students take a quarter of health education in lieu of physical education. Students receive one-half credit for the satisfactory completion of each semester's requirements. A student must repeat the quarter's work when a failing grade in health is recorded for that quarter. All students are required to wear the school physical education uniform and use a school-approved lock. The uniform is available in the school bookstore, and the lock is available from the physical education department.
Technology enhancements -- including computerized fitness testing, the use of Polar heart-rate monitoring, DDR equipment, and phonic ear, are staple elements that assess progress and improvements in physical activity and fitness levels.