Physical Education


In order to graduate from Alverno Heights Academy, students must have completed 10 units of physical education. This may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • Dance I and II
  • Two seasons of a sport at Alverno
  • Four semesters of physical education electives

Chair: Ken Berry, B.S., California State University at Northridge


Physical Conditioning:  This course improves strength and flexibility. Activities include: running, stretching, abdominal work, pushups, lunges, squats, calisthenics, and jumping rope. Students have fun, gain confidence, achieve results, and track their improvement.

Pilates:  Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, this program focuses on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential in supporting the spine. Pilates exercises help align the spine, promote awareness of breath and aim to strengthen deep torso muscles.

Zumba:  Zumba is a fun, high energy workout; a Zumba workout burns calories and helps keep you in shape. It fuses Latin music with contemporary dance beats to make exercise fun. The great thing about Zumba is that the whole body is engaged throughout the session. Music is the main ingredient to Zumba because it helps to move the workout from one toning, strengthening or cardio move to another, targeting every major muscle group in the body. The goal of the class is to make students want to work out and to love working out because it is fun and easy to do. Dance styles including Salsa, Flamenco, Cha-cha-cha, Hip Hop, Tango, and many more will be incorporated to motivate students throughout the workout. At the conclusion of the semester, the students will be asked to create their own Zumba routine showcasing what they have learned.

Boot Camp:  This course helps students get fit, look and feel their best, and increase strength, speed, endurance, and energy. Students don’t have to be in perfect shape to come to Boot Camp. Beginning workouts start slow, so everyone has a chance to improve. Flexibility and physical fitness increase selfesteem and intellect.

Kinesiology in Action:  Kinesiology in Action explores the broad spectrum of kinesiology as an academic discipline.  Fundamental concepts and meaning of movement/physical activity, professional/career options and current issues. Physical labs will include: biomechanics/exercise physiology; skill building; psychological/sociological factors involved in movement. 

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