ESP High School

ESP High School

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Course Overview

The Acellus ESP High School course focuses on the importance of Emotional, Social, and Physical education in students’ lives, and helps to cultivate healthy relationships, a caring attitude, and the importance of one's overall well-being and physical health. The course addresses the critical need for social and emotional learning (SEL) as well as healthy thoughts, behaviors, and physical education. ESP inspires positivity, which will empower students to face the day to day challenges they will encounter in the real world.

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Scope and Sequence

The ESP High School course spirals through three subjects: Emotional, Social, and Physical Education. Lessons for each of these subjects are intermixed throughout the course to give students exposure to each subject, beginning with more basic information and requirements, and building, layer upon layer, to help students achieve consistent growth in all three areas. Each ESP lesson consists of three parts:
  • Emotional and Social Instruction: Lessons on developing positive attitudes in daily living and positive responses in challenging situations
  • Healthy Habits: Focus on physical activity and fitness, including healthy eating, healthy habits, and a long-term exercise program
  • Motivation: Insights and perspectives that encourage and empower students to make physically and emotionally beneficial life-choices
With the subjects interspersed in this way, this course takes students on a journey toward learning how to fulfill their potential.  In this course, students explore the following concepts: Emotional Students learn that they are in control of what their lives will be, and about awareness. They explore having an attitude of willingness and the importance of gratitude. They study how to develop emotionally healthy habits, and to set goals. Students gain understanding of their emotions as well as strategies they can use to control them, and they learn to observe what they think and feel. They explore how to find joy, as well as the emotional benefits of breathing deeply and mindfully, what stress is and how to deal with it, and the principle of letting go. Students discover self esteem, and investigate how to deal with and avoid thinking traps. They talk about finding a place where they can go when they need some time to deal with things. They explore the concepts of making and owning choices. They learn the difference between being courageous and being reckless. Students discuss how to develop a good perspective on life. They study how to cope when things get bad, and how to choose what kind of person they will be. They learn to find and to be heroes, and consider how to make choices to shape their lives. They discover that they can turn their dreams into reality. They gain understanding that life is like a blank canvas that they get to paint, and they learn to connect to reality. They explore the attitude of living, as well as self control, integrity, procrastination, and perseverance, and they come to see the magic of that which is all around them. Social Students learn good sportsmanship. They explore what it means to be a leader, and to really care about others, and they study encouragement. They discover how important it is to acknowledge and respond to others, and what it really means to have good manners. They come to see that everyone has feelings that should be respected. They discuss how to resolve conflicts, and they learn anti-bullying techniques, and that the words they speak can hurt or build others. Students discover what true friends are, and how to be one, and how they can walk in someone else's shoes. Students also study the concept of sustainable living and how their choices in this area impact the world around them. Physical Students study what physical fitness is, and explore the components of physical fitness, the principles of physical fitness, and the effects of physical activity.  They gain understanding of stretching, warming up, stretching for sports, and indicators of effective exercise. They explore the role of mucus in the body, as well as teeth, fingernails, the skin, and the senses of sight, hearing, and smell. They learn about perception and the senses of taste and touch. They study the skeletal system, the nervous system, the urinary system, and bumps and bruises. They gain understanding of calories, fat burning, and x-rays. Students investigate nutrition and discuss healthy snacking. They learn the importance of drinking plenty of water, and the rules of baseball, and they explore pacing and breathing. Students review developing habits to keep themselves healthy, and study the heart, cardiovascular disease, the digestive system, and the effect of food on our brains. They discover the reasons that we cough and sneeze, and they investigate muscles, aging, and bones. Students learn good habits for heart health. They study the benefits of the healthy fitness zone and explore flexibility, strength and endurance. They explore correct posture and the body's need for water. They discuss oxygen and aerobic capacity, and learn the rules of soccer, ice hockey, and ultimate frisbee. They study placebos and germs. They explore good and bad fats, and why we need good fats. They gain understanding of how to train safely, of gymnastics, and of the rules of water polo. They investigate the digestive system and the rules of basketball. They explore why we itch, and good dental care habits, and they study why we should follow safety procedures and rules. They come to understand good sportsmanship, and investigate the history of soccer, how the body deals with hunger and satisfaction, and figure skating. They study the respiratory system, calories, and how the body deals with germs. They investigate different types of radiation, and they learn the rules of track and field. Students explore the effects of stress on our bodies, and how to handle stress, pain, what causes it, and what can be done about it. In addition, students investigate the history of x-rays, online safety, and good posture. They study the bacteria all around us, and learn about gluten and how it affects different people. They investigate why yawning is contagious, and explore hair, the stomach, the ears, the heart and circulatory system, the lungs, and the dangers of smoking.  They learn the rules of volleyball and football. The course includes lesson-by-lesson assessments, as well as a Mid-term and Final exam. Also included are videos for an exercise program students can use to help them achieve their physical fitness goals.  
This course does not have any sections.