Culver Academy requires 1/2 credit in Wellness. Wellness courses are automatically scheduled for every student each year.
2 terms, non-solid, ½ credit, A
This 9th-grade course focuses on the study of locomotor and manipulative movement with emphasis on body awareness, understanding, and functioning. Students will be given a health orientation to Culver and provided with prerequisite strategies to live a productive and balanced life while attending the Academies. This course meets 2 days a week.
Foundations of Health Behavior
2 terms, solid, 1 credit, B
This 10th-grade course focuses on the influence of the physical, emotional, mental, moral, social, and spiritual dimensions of health knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. Students examine the health of the whole person through a variety of classroom and movement settings. They will demonstrate an understanding of the health dimensions and their relationship to various health topics.
Principles of Lifetime Fitness
1 term, non-solid, ¼ credit, A
An 11th-grade course, each student will receive instruction in First Aid/CPR and will have the opportunity to be certified by the American Red Cross. Students will also examine the importance of developing healthy fitness activities and will learn the rules, skills, attitudes, and behaviors of two lifetime sports. This course meets 2 days per week.
Principles of Lifetime Fitness: Life-Guarding
1 term, non-solid, ¼ credit (only offered 2 terms per year), A
Each student will receive instruction in First Aid, CPR, and life guarding working toward certification by the American Red Cross. The course will be taught by an ARC certified instructor. This course will suffice for the 11th-grade Wellness Education credit. Being a very good swimmer is a prerequisite. This course meets 2 days a week.
1 term, solid, ½ credit, B
This 12th-grade course will provide students with opportunities to acquire a deep understanding of personal, community, and world health issues. Students will engage in student-centered discussions, group work, report writing, and survey/investigations. The emphasis will be on critical thinking and a moral interpretation of health information and health behavior. Students will examine biochemical, sociological, and psychological concepts that relate to the happiness, addiction, the well-being of others, and the basic human desires. Discussion topics include decision-making, stress and time management, nutrition, disease prevention, college issues, and life span/aging issues.
Strength and Conditioning
1 term, non-solid elective, ¼ credit, A
This elective, open to any student, will teach the correct methods of strength training, plyometrics, flexibility, muscular endurance training, and cardiovascular endurance training. Students will participate in a personalized weight-training program that will address their specific personal/sport fitness goals. Students will research various workout programs, nutrition, and other strength and conditioning topics.
The Timeless Spirit: Practical Approaches to Living in the Present
1 term, non-solid, 1/4 credit
Human beings have a vexed relationship with time. Many people want to live in the present, but find themselves trapped in the past or worrying excessively about the future. People frequently experience their emotional lives as out of control. They become entangled in negative thoughts or behaviors, baffled as to why or how they might strike out in fresh directions. In a word, people experience themselves as unable to change engrained ways of thinking, feeling, behaving. This course seeks to address this predicament by studying some of the behaviors, rituals and spiritual disciplines traditionally believed capable of producing positive change in human beings. Course readings will include texts from number of different faith traditions, as well as modern psychologists interested in the overlap between religion, spirituality and mental health therapies. Course topics may include grief, dealing with fear and anxiety, the cognitive benefits of poetry, and the physiology and psychological processes affected by spiritual disciplines like meditation and pilgrimage. This course meets 2 days a week.
1 term, solid, ½ credit, B
The purpose of this 11th/12th-grade elective is to provide the student with an overview of the major topics in the field of sport and exercise psychology. These topics include a review of mental skills, human development, social psychology, and health psychology topics as they relate to sport and exercise. The course is designed to increase understanding of the interaction between psychological factors and athletic performance/exercise participation. In addition, this course supports the development of related skills and knowledge that will contribute to the student as an athlete, exerciser, and lifetime fitness participant.
Introduction to Psychology
1 term, solid, ½ credit
Introduction to Psychology explores the scientific study of thought and behavior. This course approaches the history, current status, and promise of scientific and applied psychology from a variety of viewpoints. These include the five main branches of psychology:
• Neuropsychology, which explores the mental life of the brain.
• Development, which focuses on how people learn and grow.
• Cognitive, which examines internal mental processes.
• Social, which investigates how people and groups interact.
• Clinical, which studies mental health and mental disorders.
This course is designed to facilitate meaningful experiences for students to develop their own philosophy of psychology that connects to day-to-day life.
Honors Seminar: Wellness
1 term, solid, 1 credit
The Honors Seminar in Wellness is for the Senior or 1st Classman who has demonstrated a high level of achievement and interest in personal and community wellness. The student must be willing to pursue independent study of a proposed topic under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Students will select topics to study in depth, to be approved by the Honors Board of three Wellness Department instructors. Each student will complete a written project according to the original proposal, successfully complete an oral defense of the project and make a formal presentation during Parents Weekend and Alumni Weekend.