(grades 9, 10, 11, 12)

The Health Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state that in health education, students will acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy adults and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate. To achieve that goal, students will understand the following: students should first seek guidance in the area of health from their parents; personal behaviors can increase or reduce health risks throughout the lifespan; health is influenced by a variety of factors; students can recognize and utilize health information and products; and personal/interpersonal skills are needed to promote individual, family, and community health.

In Health I, students develop skills that will make them health-literate adults.  Students gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and behaviors they use to safeguard their health, particularly pertaining to health risks.  Students are taught how to access accurate information that they can use to promote health for themselves and others.  Students use problem-solving, research, goal-setting and communication skills to protect their health and that of the community.

In Advanced Health, students are provided opportunities for researching, discussing, and analyzing health issues.  This higher level of involvement provides students with experiences designed to reinforce positive health behaviors.  Students are given the opportunity to learn about technology, how it affects health, and how to use electronic technology to gain health information.  The emphasis in this course is less related to learning facts and more related to providing students with the skills necessary to access their own health information and services and become health literate.

The student is expected to:
  • analyze health information and apply strategies for enhancing and maintaining personal health
  • become health literate in disease prevention and health promotion
  • recognize the importance and significant of the reproductive process as it relates to the health of future generations
  • investigate and evaluate the impact of media and technology on individual family, community, and world health
  • understand how to evaluate health information for appropriateness
  • assess the relationship between body structure and function and personal health
  • analyze the relationship between unsafe behaviors and personal health and develop strategies to promote resiliency
  • analyze the effect of relationships on health behaviors
  • differentiate between positive and negative family influences
  • evaluate the effect of a variety of environmental factors on community and world health
  • understand how to access school and community health services for people of all ages
  • understand situations in which people of all ages require professional health services
  • analyze, design, and evaluate communication skills for building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • analyze, design, and evaluate strategies for expressing needs, wants, and emotions in healthy ways
  • appraise communication skills that show consideration and respect for self, family, friends, and others
  • synthesize information and apply critical-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills for making health-promoting decisions
  • apply strategies for advocating and evaluating outcomes for health issues

Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II
Chapter §115.32 (9th-10th)
Chapter §115.33 (11th-12th)

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills for Health
Subchapter C. High School

9th-12th Grade Health Curriculum:

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