• South Carolina Academic Standards for Physical Education

    Physical education is part of the school experience of South Carolina students. Physical education provides students with important opportunities for healthy activities and play.


    • High School Graduation Requirements: The state requires students to earn 1.0 physical education credit, including a 0.5 credit personal wellness course for graduation.
    • Substitutions: The state permits school districts or schools to allow students to substitute JROTC for their required physical education credit.
    • Exemptions/Waivers: Exemptions are not allowed.
    • State Standards: The state has developed its own standards for physical education, with which all school districts must comply. The South Carolina Academic Standards for Physical Education were last revised in 2014. [See State Standards for Physical Education chart for details.]
    • Online Physical Education Courses: High School Physical Education credit may be earned through HCS virtual online physical education course.  See your Guidance Counselor for more information.
    • Student Assessment Requirements: The state requires student assessment in physical education in grades 2, 5, 8 and 9. Students’ performance of motor/movement skills, physical fitness levels, knowledge of physical education content and participation in physical activity outside of physical education class are assessed. Results are used to evaluate program effectiveness.
    • Fitness Testing: The state requires the use of FITNESSGRAM in the South Carolina Physical Education Assessment and FITNESSGRAM reports are sent to parents or guardians of students in grades 5, 8 and high school.
    • Body Mass Index (BMI): The state requires schools to collect body composition, students’ BMI or height and weight once per year in grades 5, 8 and 9. Individual student results are sent to parents or guardians in a FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM.


Academic Standards by Grade

  • Kindergarten

  • Grades 1-2

  • Grades 3-5

  • Grades 6-8

  • High School