Wellness Program Philosophy

Innovation Academy Charter School believes that optimal physical, emotional, social as well as mental well-being are important keys to academic and personal success. Wellness is about personal choice and balance. It is multifaceted and can encompass many dimensions. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. It is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

Our Wellness Program combines skills-based health classes and physical education classes, referred to as Challenge classes, for all students grade 5-12. The goals of the Wellness program are to: promote personal fitness while developing life-long fitness skills; foster and promote healthy decision-making and advocacy; and to enhance the school’s outcomes of community membership, effective communication, problem solving and self direction. All classes are taught by Wellness teachers.

Middle School Wellness Program

  • Challenge

    Middle school Challenge classes emphasize Innovation Academy’s outcomes of effective communication and problem solving. While competition is undeniably a key component of sport, Challenge classes emphasize teamwork and reflection during all activities. Students are exposed to a wide variety of sports and team building activities requiring them to think outside of the box, and to become effective problem solvers and communicators. Students will, by repetitive practice, acquire and refine a variety of manipulative locomotor and non-locomotor movement skills, and will utilize principles of training and conditioning. Students will learn biomechanics and exercise physiology, and will apply the concept of wellness to their lives.

  • Health Education

    The middle school health education curriculum addresses the multiple strands of one’s health, including but not limited to issues of physical , emotional, social and mental health. It is designed to support and encourage students in taking personal responsibility for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, and reducing health-related risk behaviors by encouraging healthy decision making. Emphasis is placed on making real-world connections between class content and the lives our students lead.