D209 May Waive PE Requirements For IB, College Prep Students

Monday, January 7, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education is considering excusing some juniors and seniors from the state’s physical education requirement.

According to D209 officials, those students will be exempt from the PE requirement “in order to take courses required for completion of an International Baccalaureate diploma or leading to early college credit, with prior approval from the superintendent.”

In a notice posted to the district’s website, D209 officials announced that they plan to call a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Proviso West High School, 4701 W. Harrison in Hillside.

The D209 board could vote on the matter at a regular meeting that will follow the public hearing. District administration officials have recommended that board members approve the exemption.

According to an article published on the website of Great Schools — the school ratings nonprofit — the IB program was created “in Switzerland in 1968 for students in international schools,” but is now “offered in 3,460 schools across 143 countries — with 1,370 public and private schools (and counting) in the U.S.

The IB program has become popular “for setting high standards and emphasizing creative and critical thinking. IB students are responsible for their own learning, choosing topics and devising their own projects, while teachers act more as supervisors or mentors than sources of facts.” VFP

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