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Physical Education Credit Options

Group of PE students filling out questionnaire.

To earn a high school diploma, students must earn two health and fitness credits. 1.5 credits represent the fitness portion of the requirement, and are met by course work in physical education. The other .5 credit is met by taking a health course.

Lake Washington School District recognizes the importance of the development of healthy habits that include physical fitness and emotional well-being and provides a variety of classes to fulfill the 1.5 credit fitness requirement. A full list of health and PE classes being offered is available on each school’s website.

There may be special circumstances where a student may have an alternative option to meet this requirement. These alternative options are available beginning in the students 11th grade school year.

Special Circumstances to Access these Alternative Options:

In accordance with RCW 28A.230.05, individual students may be excused from participating in physical education (PE) otherwise required on account of physical disability, employment, or religious belief, or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics or for other good cause. Students in the Class of 2016 and beyond must fill out the form that is Appendix E of the graduation policy and list the special circumstance that applies.

Alternative Options

Fitness Knowledge Assessment

The Fitness Knowledge Assessment will be offered to students beginning in the students’ 11th grade school year. Students will have six opportunities to take the assessment before their graduation date. The 2017-18 assessment dates are as follows:

  1. October 18, 2017
  2. November 29, 2017
  3. February 28, 2018

Directions to sign up and prepare for the Fitness Knowledge Assessment:

  1. Register for the assessment at the student’s school.
  2. Complete the form that is Appendix E of the graduation policy and take the completed form to the testing session.
  3. Download and study the following documents:
    1. High School Fitness Assessment and Plan Study Guide
    2. Copies of the Five for Life fitness curriculum may also be reviewed at the LWSD Resource Center Curriculum Library.

Students who do not meet proficiency (a score of 3 or higher in each of the measured standards), have the following options:

  1. Retake all, or part of the assessment, during the remaining assessment sessions in the same year the assessment was first taken.
  2. Attempt the full assessment again during the three sessions the following year.

Directions for Assessment Day:

  1. Bring Picture ID (students without ID will not be allowed to take the assessment).
  2. Bring any score report (s) from previous assessments, if applicable.
  3. Arrive 15 minutes before the assessment is scheduled to start.
  4. Plan transportation for after the assessment, most students finish before the 3 hour allotted time.

Fitness Plan

The Fitness Plan will be offered to students beginning in the students’ 11th grade school year. Students choosing the Fitness Plan option will complete a substantial written assignment that covers similar content as the Fitness Knowledge Assessment. Students will have three opportunities to submit a Fitness Plan during the 2017-18 school year. Students can access and submit their Fitness Plan on the dates listed below. Directions for turning in the Fitness Plan to are available on the Fitness Plan Document.


  1. October 18, 2017 - Fitness Plan
    NOTE: Download the Fitness Plan Form and save it to your computer before entering information. If you enter information and close without saving, the information you entered will not be saved.
  2. November 29, 2017 - Fitness Plan will be posted here by October 19, 2017
  3. February 28, 2018 - Fitness Plan will be posted here by November 30, 2017

Students who do not meet proficiency (a score of 3 or higher in each of three parts), have the following options:

  1. Revise all, or part of the plan, during the next submission window.
  2. Attempt the full plan again during a subsequent window.