Health 8 Syllabus

Course Description:

Wellness is an active process of growth and change in which students are empowered to make informed, responsible decisions for pursuing a safe, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. Wellness, or total health, encompasses physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being. The Health 8 course is part of the AES Health Education curriculum and a coordinated school health program. The curriculum is based on current adolescent health research and resource and is aligned with the U.S. National Health Education Standards. This semester-long course addresses topics relevant for teens, including: self-esteem, depression, peers and pressure, nutrition, substance use/abuse, relationships, and sex and sexuality. The main concepts that unite the semester are CHANGE and CHOICE. Our health is never static and our choices greatly influence health outcomes. Topics explored in Advisory will complement the Health 8 curriculum (e.g., goal-setting, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and digital citizenship).

Course Aims:

  • Explore topic areas relevant to our students regarding health and wellness
  • Recognize the continuum of human growth and development
  • Develop decision-making skills applicable to personal goals
  • Motivate students to make choices based on healthy attitudes and sound information
  • Understand concepts and vocabulary related to responsible health choices

Major Concepts Covered:

  • Change is part of life
  • The inter-relatedness of physical/emotional/social health (health triangle)
  • Who am I? (Identity/wellness)
  • You are what you eat (nutrition)
  • Positive health behaviors can help prevent mental illness
  • Drug use is considered safe or risky/ harmful depending on the drug and the context of its use
  • Sexuality is an important part of one’s identity
  • Decisions around sex affect physical, emotional, and social health

Outcomes – By the end of this course:

  • Students will have gained an understanding in several areas of health and will be able to apply this knowledge for their own personal benefit.
  • Students will have gained an appreciation of the complexities of life and the value of healthy body, mind, and relationships.
  • Students will be able to evaluate various influences shaping a decision or situation.
  • Students will be able to approach various life issues/situations with improved decision-making skills.
  • Students will have learnt factual information and concepts relating to key health topics, upon which SMART goals can be set and sound decisions can be made.


Throughout the year students will be required to read and study information from various sources. Students will learn through instructor-directed lessons, class discussions, hands-on activities, simulations, videos, student presentations, and through research conducted individually and/or in a group.

Student Assessment:

In the middle school, students are assessed using a Standards Based Grading system. The purpose of the grading system is to provide accurate information about a student’s level of understanding with respect to specific content standards.

SBGR Goal. Our goal is to move student thinking toward the quest for knowledge.
SBGR Assessment. Students will be assessed with respect to their understanding of grade-level standards (Academic Achievement) and their habits as a learner inside and outside the classroom (Learning Habits). To support the development of a growth mindset, students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through a variety of formative and summative assessments. To help establish a clear vision of the intended learning, students will engage in on-going reflection as a means to identify learning strengths and areas for improvement.                    

Student Supplies:

  • School iPad (once distributed)
  • Pen or pencil

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