Welcome to Health, Physical and Driver Education 

Prince William County Public Schools provides a Comprehensive Physical Education Curriculum, to include Health Education and Driver Education, which visualizes:

  • A K–12 comprehensive physical education program that prepares all students to actively and adequately achieve and promote lifelong wellness on a daily basis.
  • A continuous sequence of learning embedded in schools, community, and family.
  • An instructional progression that provides all students varied opportunities to use the acquired knowledge and skills in meaningful, genuine, and realistic ways.
  • A school community that recognizes and promotes the fundamental value of wellness.

Student wellness involves the acquisition and maintenance of moderate to high levels of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social fitness. 

Physical Education

Physical education provides the opportunity for the acquisition and application of essential knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Motor Skill Development
  • Anatomical Basis of Movement
  • Fitness Planning
  • Social Development
  • Energy Balance

Health Education

Health education provides the knowledge base and critical thinking skills necessary for students to make informed choices and to exert positive control over their lives. The health content includes the following:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention, Opioids and Safe Use Medication
  • Body Systems
  • Community Involvement
  • Healthy Environment
  • Health Promotion including Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Safety and Injury Prevention (CPR and First Aid - 9th Grade)
  • Social/Emotional/Mental Health
  • Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships
  • Health Careers (10th Grade)
  • Family Life Education in grades 8-10

Driver Education

Driver education is an effective and successful program in Prince William County Public Schools, offering our students learning experiences in classroom and laboratory environments. The classroom instruction requirement of 36 hours is provided to all students regardless of age in HPE II which is taken most often during the 10th grade year. The focus of instruction is on providing teens the skills necessary for the responsibility of driving in our communities. 

We offer Road Instruction of 14 hours, meeting the requirements to license our teenage drivers. We currently offer this program during Summer School and as an after-school program at all high schools. PWCS meets the Driver Education law that requires a mandatory 90-minute Parent/Student Driver education presentation that coincides with the student’s classroom instruction. This presentation is mandatory for all classroom driver education students and their parents prior to the receipt of the student's DEC-District 8 card that permits the student to take the final Road Instruction.

Visit our Driver Education Page


Elementary PE Class Parachute Activity Health Education Class learning about Body Systems Driver Education classroom learning road signs

Vision Statement

Students will participate in an engaging and dynamic health and physical education program of excellence to support a World-Class Education® in becoming health-literate and physically-literate individuals.

Mission Statement

  • Students will be exposed to a variety of foundational movement skills, and personal fitness, nutrition and wellness activities.
  • Students will gain knowledge in essential health concepts, healthy decisions, advocacy and health promotion.
  • Students will acquire the knowledge, processes, and skills to become physically educated, physically fit, and responsible students in their physical activity choices and behaviors for a lifetime.


WELNET is an easy-to-use, web-based software application that was developed as a tool for students to understand their health and fitness and build a personal portfolio. WELNET consists of seven modules that students may be completing assignments in: fitness, assessments, behavior logs, rubrics, wearables and online learning.

PWCS will be using WELNET in grades 3-10 in their health and physical education classes beginning in the 2019-20 school year. For more information on WELNET, see the following attachment (Word).

For a Spanish translated version, contact the Health and Physical Education office at 703.791.7270.


What VA Standards are Taught?

Physical Education Curriculum K-12

Health Education Curriculum K-10

What if my child cannot participate in PE class?

Absences and Medical Excuses (PDF)

How is personal physical fitness assessed?

PE Wellness


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View Top 10 Reasons for Recess (PDF)

PWCS Recess Guidelines and Toolkit (Word)



Emily Utter
Supervisor of Health, Physical and Driver Education 

Sheila Knotts

Shylea Michaelis
Health and Physical Education Specialist

Dan Jones
Driver Education Specialist