Today, more than ever before, students are faced with personal and societal challenges that require responsible decision-making skills. The health program recognizes the adolescent as an individual who is becoming independent. The Form III course assists students in making healthy choices in the transition from childhood to adulthood. The class meets weekly in a discussion format. Students are expected to participate in the discussions and present additional issues that they may encounter. The following topics are presented for discussion: nutrition and the body, anxiety, suicide, depression, substance abuse, sexual responsibility, dating situations, sexually transmitted diseases, safety, and community involvement. Selected readings are assigned to prepare students for the discussions of the topics.
Throughout the year, special programs coordinated by the school nurse explore health-related topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, accident prevention, and the study of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.