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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks


This course provides students with an overview of dual and individual sports. Students learn about a variety of sports, and do an in-depth study of martial arts, Pilates, fencing, gymnastics, and water sports. Students learn not only the history, rules, and guidelines of each sport, but practice specific skills related to many of these sports. Students also learn the components of fitness, benefits of fitness, safety and technique, and good nutrition. Students conduct fitness assessments, set goals, and participate in weekly physical activity.


Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.


Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1:

  • Getting Started
    • Fitness Assessment & Analysis
    • Getting Started
    • Safety
  • Fitness
    • Components of Fitness
    • Team Player
    • Nutrition
  • Combative Sports
    • Martial Arts
    • Unarmed Martial Arts
    • Armed Martial Arts
  • Gymnastics & Pilates
    • Gymnastics
    • Gymnastic Skills
    • Pilates
  • Water Sports
    • Water Safety
    • Water Skills
  • Staying Active




Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.


Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.


Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Meets PE graduation requirement. Only Lifetime and Leisure Sports Experience earns a badge.


  • Leisure Sports Assessments and Analysis
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of leisure sports assessments and analysis by describing elements of leisure sports fitness assessments, explaining leisure sports goals, explaining leisure sports training plans and explaining exercise safety.
  • Leisure Sports Fitness
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of leisure sports fitness by explaining the components of fitness, describing leisure sports sportsmanship, and explaining the importance of nutrition in leisure sports.
  • Combative Sports
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of combative sports by describing martial arts, explaining unarmed martial arts, and explaining armed martial arts.
  • Gymnastics and Pilates
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of gymnastics and pilates by describing gymnastic events, describing gymnastic skills, and explaining the techniques and benefits of pilates.
  • Water Sports
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of water sports by explaining water sport safety, and describing water sport skills.



Attend a virtual open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.