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Physical Education

The purpose of physical education is for students to develop an "orientation to lifetime fitness." To have an orientation to lifetime fitness, students need to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary to be physically active for a lifetime. MPS uses the nationally recognized SPARK curriculum for kindergarten to grade 8. This curriculum focuses on using a variety of activities to engage students and get them moving in and out of school. MPS physical education at the high school includes the use of SPARK integrated into a variety of courses to help students learn what it means to be physically active for a lifetime. All students are expected to participate in physical education classes to the best of their ability and demonstrate their competency in the standards.

National Physical Education Standards

MPS uses the National Physical Education Standards from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America (download the full standards/grade-level outcomes document). All grading is based on these national standards.

  • Standard 1  The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Standard 2  The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Standard 3  The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  • Standard 4  The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Standard 5  The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

Adapted Physical Education

The district provides ongoing citywide support to physical education teachers, classroom teachers, and other supportive staff through the services of an itinerant physical education/special education specialist. These services include

  • working with teachers who request help/support in developing and implementing differentiated instruction to their special needs students,
  • adapted equipment and training,
  • motor skills and fitness assessment,
  • IEP assistance,
  • curriculum development,
  • coordination of citywide in-service trainings,
  • staff Professional Development Day workshops,
  • Special Olympics and adaptive sports assistance,
  • adventure education for special populations, and
  • supporting teachers with assistive technology needs.

For more information or assistance, please call the Adapted Physical Education office at 414-475-8850.


MPS uses the FitnessGram assessment for students to learn what health-related fitness is. Health-related fitness is what we need to understand to be healthy for a lifetime. This is different from sports-related fitness (what people need to be successful in sports). Ultimately we are helping students to understand what it means to be healthy.

FitnessGram is optional for grade 3 and younger. Starting in grade 4, FitnessGram is required in each grade level. Parents will receive from their child's school a permission form allowing students to opt out of the height and weight measurement of FitnessGram. Once the testing is complete, parents of students should receive the personalized results of the FitnessGram assessment. Please talk with your child about the results and the recommendations.

Adapted PE Contact

Phone: 414-475-8850
Fax: 414-475-8455

Adapted Physical Education Specialist:
Lisa Breitrick

Student Wellness

Phone: 414-475-8057
Fax: 414-475-8455

Curriculum Specialist:
Brett Fuller
C&I/Student Wellness and Prevention

Mailing Address:
Milwaukee Public Schools
Student Wellness and Prevention
5225 W. Vliet Street, Room 253
Milwaukee, WI 53208

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