Physical Education

State law requires school districts to annually assess the physical fitness of students enrolled in grade three or higher and to provide the results of individual student performance on the administered physical fitness assessments to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative (PFAI) is a program designed to collect and analyze the required student physical fitness data.

Parents may request their child's physical fitness assessment results by contacting their child's physical education teacher.

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Elementary PE Teacher Traverse Wall Training, Kuentz Elementary


Northside ISD's Elementary Physical Education program derives from the research-based SPARK Curriculum. SPARK is a public health organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK Curriculum adheres to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and is TEA Approved as a Coordinated School Health Program.

Middle School

High School

Off-Campus Physical Education

Off-Campus Physical Education is applicable to qualifying Middle School and High School students, 6th through 12th grade. This program allows students to earn physical education credits that meet district and state requirements.

PE substitution credit is described in TAC §74.12(b)(6)(C)(iii) and TAC §74.73(b)(7)(B)(iii):

(I) Olympic-level participation and/or competition includes a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intensive, professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the activities involved in the program must be certified by the superintendent to be of exceptional quality. Students qualifying and participating at this level may be dismissed from school one hour per day. Students dismissed may not miss any class other than PE.

Applications can be submitted via email to Marie Surach at

Restricted Physical Education

A student who is unable to participate in the state-required regular PE program due to a specific physiological condition will have his/her program modified in a restricted PE program.