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Human Growth and Development Education

Health education is an important part of the Ankeny Schools curriculum. The purpose of the health education program is to help each student protect, improve and maintain physical, emotional and social well-being. 

The district provides students in grades one through six with age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development, including instruction regarding self-esteem, stress management, interpersonal relationships, and domestic abuse. 

Students in grades seven through twelve receive age-appropriate and research-based instruction about human growth and development; human sexuality; self-esteem; stress management; interpersonal relationships; domestic abuse; and prevention and control of disease, including age-appropriate and research-based information about sexually transmitted diseases. 

In 9th grade, students are provided instruction on CPR.  This CPR component is required for graduation. 

As mandated by Iowa Code, a student is not required to take instruction in the human growth and development portion of the health education curriculum if the parent requests the student be excused. A form to request this excuse may be obtained via the district website and/or in the principal’s office in each school building. More information is available in Board Policy 603.05.

The course of study and the health instructional materials used to guide the health curriculum may be examined, upon request, at each attendance center.  Please contact the building principal for further information.