Montclair Public Schools
22 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 509-4000
Contact Us
Montclair Public Schools
MPS Home ➤ District ➤ Equity, Curriculum & Instruction ➤ District Curricula ➤ Health and PE

Health & PE Curriculum

Comprehensive Health & Physical Education Curriculum, K-12

Draft presented July 2017

See Powerpoint presentation. All information in Powerpoint provided on this page.


  • Meet the NJ Standards
  • Consistent class sizes
  • Classroom setting rather than gym


  • April: A group representing health teachers and nurses from all schools, K-12, began  the work for framing the topics and needs for each grade level for health curriculum in order to meet the NJDOE requirements.
  • April - July: District administration and principals discussed changes needed in buildings to implement
  • June 26th - 30th: A team of teachers and nurses revised the curriculum and created a Google folder of resources for all teachers teaching health
  • Proposed PD Plan to begin on September 5


Montclair Public School District supports all students by fostering learners who use health concepts and skills to assume a lifelong responsibility to develop physical, social and emotional wellness. The standards focus on the importance of healthy relationships and obtaining medically accurate information to develop the skills of health literacy. The lessons included in this unit support the expectations set forth by NJDOE Standards for Kindergarten - 12th grade regarding Health, Sexuality and Puberty Education.  This link will connect you to current K-12 Sexual Health Curriculum: Rights, Respect and Responsibility which is now included in the revised Montclair Comprehensive Health and Physical Education curriculum

Thank You!

  • Teachers and nurses who worked on committees
  • Supervisor of Nursing, Betty Strauss
  • Dr. Eva Goldfarb, MSU, nationally recognized expert and professor who gave generously of her time and expertise

K-12 Sexuality Education

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Kindergarten - Grade 5)

Grade K L1 - Different Kinds of Families The student will be able to identify and learn how to show respect for 3 different types of families. 2.4.2.B.1
Grade K L2 - Understanding Our Bodies - The Basics The student will be able to identity at least three male and three female body parts. They will understand the importance of using correct names for the genitals 2.4.2.B.1
Grade K L3 - My Space Your Space The student will be able to identify good and bad touch. They will have the knowledge necessary to respond effectively if touched inappropriately 2.4.2.B.1
Grade 1 L1 - Friendships The student will be able to list 3 characteristics of a friend and identify 2 healthy ways for friends to express their feelings, 2.4.2.B.1
Grade 1 L2 - Gender Roles The student will be able to describes differences and similarities in how boys and girls are expected to behave. They will be able to identify how society affects gender roles. 2.4.2.B.1
Grade 1 L3 - Circles of Life The student will be able define reproduction and identify things in the world that can and cannot reproduce 2.4.2.B.1
Grade 2 L1 - Understanding Our Bodies The student will be able to use proper names for the male and female anatomy. They will be able to describe the importance of using proper terminology when referring to body parts 2.4.2.B.1
Grade 3 L1 - Personal Timeline The student will be able to identify the different stages of human growth and development 2.4.4.B.1
Grade 4 L1 - Making Sense of Puberty The student will be able to list 3 changes that occur during puberty and differentiate between physical, social and emotional changes of puberty. 2.4.4.B.1
Grade 4 L2 - Figuring Out Friendship The student will be able to list at least 3 characteristics of a healthy relationship 2.4.4.B.1
Grade 5 L1 - Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy The students will be able to identify at least two male and two female reproductive parts and describe their function. 2.4.6.B.1
Grade 5 L2 - Puberty and Reproduction The student will be able to describe the process of reproduction as well as how puberty prepares the body for reproduction. 2.4.6.B.1
Grade 5 L4 - What Is Love Anyway? The students will learn about sexual orientation and be able to identify a trusted adult they can discuss the topic with. 2.4.6.B.1

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6 - 8)

Grade 6 L1 - Change is good Name at least one physical, social, cognitive and emotional change young people go through during adolescence. 2.4.6.B.4
Grade 6 L2 - Gender Roles & L3- Understanding Boundaries Name at least two characteristics that are stereotypically
attached to boys, and two that are stereotypically attached. Demonstrate how to be clear about one’s own and show respect for others’ boundaries
2.4.6.B.1 2.4.6.B.2
Grade 6 L4- Communicating & L6- Liking and Loving Demonstrate an understanding of how to communicate
assertively about one’s own decision to wait to engage in any
shared sexual behaviors. Define ‘abstinence’ and its connection to pregnancy prevention.
Grade 6 L7 Being a Sex Ed Sleuth Identify medically- accurate information about HIV/ AIDS and STIs 2.4.6.B.3
Grade 7 L1- Everyone’s Got Body Parts Part 1 & L2- Part 2 Students will be able to describe the male and female
sexual and reproductive systems including body parts and their functions.
Grade 7 L6- I Am Who I Am Differentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. 2.4.8.B.5
Grade 8 L2- The World Around Me Analyze how friends, family, media, society and culture can influence self- concept and body image. 2.4.8.B.1 2.4.8.B.5
Grade 8 L5- We Need To Talk Demonstrate the use of effective communication and negotiation skills about the use of contraception including abstinence and condoms. 2.4.8.B.2 2.4.8.B.3
Grade 8 L8- Birth Control Basic Define emergency contraception and its use. 2,4,8,B.3 2.4.8.B.2
Grade 8 L10 - STI Basics: Reducing your Risk Develop a plan to eliminate or reduce risk for STIs, including HIV. Identify local STI and HIV testing 2.4.8.B.4 2.4.8.B.6
Grade 8 L1- Creating a Safe School: Celebrating All Access accurate information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. 2.4.8.B.5 2.4.8.B.1

HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9 - 12)

Grade 9 L1- They Love Me...They Love Me Not... Describe at least three characteristics of an unhealthy or emotionally abusive relationship. Explain at least one thing someone in an unhealthy or abusive relationship can do to leave that relationship. Identify their own feelings about partners' roles and responsibilities in a relationship when there is a power difference between the two. 2.4.12.A.5
Grade 9 L2- How Well Do I Communicate With Others? Describe at least two characteristics of effective communication. Apply effective communication skills to a scenario relating to communicating with a partner about having a sexual relationship. 2.4.12.A5
Grade 9 L3- It Wasn't My Fault Describe at least two impacts of rape and sexual assault on someone who has been assaulted. Explain why a person who has been raped or sexually assaulted is never at fault. Reflect on their own feelings about rape and sexual abuse. Name at least two online resources a rape or sexual abuse survivor can access for more information and support. 2.4.12.A.5
Grade 9 L4- Sexual Orientation, Behavior and Identity: How I Feel, What I Do and Who I Am Name at least three different sexual orientations. Describe the three components of sexual orientation (orientation, behavior and identity) and how they are unique from and connected to each other. 2.4.12.B.4
Grade 9 L5- Understanding Gender Explain what gender and gender identity are, and how they are different from biological sex. Define "gender script" while providing several examples of these scripts. 2.4.12.B.5
Grade 9 L6- Decisions, Decisions Describe the steps involved in one decision-making model Apply the decision-making model to a scenario relating to pregnancy preventing and safer sex. 2.4.12.B.1
Grade 9 L7- Sexual Decision-Making Identify various reasons why teens choose to engage or not engage in sexual behaviors. Identify at least three questions whose answers can help determine if they are ready to engage in sexual behavior with a partner. Articulate a message about sexual boundaries with a partner during a role-play activity. 2.4.12.B.3
Grade 9 L8- Planning and Protection: Avoiding or Managing STIs Name the only 100% effective way of avoiding an STI. Explain why having oral, anal or vaginal sex with an infected partner puts a person or couple at risk for STIs. Name one health clinic or center in their area that provides STI testing and treatment for teens. 2.4.12. B.2, 2.4.12.B.5
Grade 9 L9- What If...? Name at least two symptoms of pregnancy. Explain the three choices a person has when they learn they are pregnant. Describe at least two reasons why a person might or might not choose each of each of the options. 2.4.12.C.3, 2.4.12.C.7
Grade 11 L1- Rights, Respect, Responsibility: Don't Have Sex Without Them Define sexual consent and explain its implications for sexual decision-making. Explain why using coercion, tricks and threats in relationships is wrong. Analyze factors that can affect the ability to give consent or perceive the provision of consent to sexual activity. 2.4.12.A.5
Grade 11 L4- Let Me Tell You Demonstrate skills to communicate w/partners about STI and HIV prevention and testing 2.4.12.B.3, 2.4.12.B.5
Grade 11 L5- Using Technology Respectfully and Responsibly Evaluate potentially positive and negative roles of technology and social media in relationships 2.4.12.A.6
Grade 11 L6- Our Space, Safe Space Promote LGBTQ awareness, acceptance and advocate for safe environments that encourage dignified and respectful treatment of everyone (LGBTQ inclusion, respect, safety, awareness/acceptance in our school, advocacy) 2.4.12.B.4, 2.2.12.D.1
Grade 11 L7- Trust It or Trash It: Finding Accurate Sex Ed Info Access medically-accurate info about contraceptive methods, abstinence and condoms matches with 6th grade standard (2.2.6.E.1), but could apply to 2.4.12.B.2
Grade 11 L1- How Do You See Me? Analyze how self-concept can affect sexual decision-making 2.4.12.B.1
Grade 11 L2- My Boundaries Demonstrate effective ways to respect others' personal boundaries and communicate about personal boundaries in romantic/sexual relationships 2.4.12.B.3, 2.2.12.A.2
Grade 11 L3- Is It Abuse If...? Compare and contrast situations and behaviors that may constitute bullying, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape and dating violence 2.4.12.A.5
Grade 11 L4 - Wanted: Qualified Parent Assess the skills and resources needed to become a parent 2.4.12.C.5
Grade 11 L5- Gender and Sexual Orientation: Understanding the Difference Differentiate between biological sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression. Analyze influences on the expression of gender, sexual orientation and identity. 2.4.12.B.4, 2.4.12.A.1
Grade 12 L2- Know Your Options Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of abstinence and other contraceptive methods. Define emergency contraception and describe its mechanism of action. 2.4.12.B.2, 2.4.12.B.3
Grade 12 L3- We All Have Rights Identify the laws related to reproductive and sexual health care services (contraception, pregnancy options, safe surrender/safe haven laws, prenatal care). Describe the laws related to sexual health care services, including STD and HIV testing and treatment. 2.4.12.B.5, 2.4.12.C.6
Grade 12 L4 - Wanted: Qualified Parent Assess the skills and resources needed to become a parent 2.4.12.C.5
Grade 12 L1- What Are My Reproductive Rights? Compare and contrast the laws relating to pregnancy, adoption, abortion and parenting 2.4.12.C.6
Grade 12 L2 - My Life, My Decisions Analyze influences that may impact sexual decision-making. Identify where messages are received about sexuality from different people and sources. 2.4.12.B.1
Grade 12 L3 -Sexual Rights: Who Decides? Analyze external influences and societal messages that impact attitudes about consent and sexual violence (sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault, incest, rape and dating violence) 2.4.12.A.5
Grade 12 L4 - Getting Savvy About STI Testing Analyze individual responsibility about testing for and informing partners about STIs and HIV status. (testing for STI's/HIV, resources, rights/confidentiality/quality of care provided in testing) 2.4.12.B.5
Grade 12 L5 - Fantasy or Reality? How Sexually Explicit Media Affects How We See Relationships Explain how media can influence one's beliefs about healthy sexual relationships 2.4.12.A.6

What's Next

  • Anticipated summer BOE approval to use draft in 2017-2018
  • Scheduling adjustments in schools
  • Post new information on website
  • Add web/Genesis link for opt outs if parents find it necessary
  • PD for teachers beginning September 5 (collaboration with MSU)
  • 2017-2018 Fall implementation

Updated: 7/11/2017