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Physical Education classes available for home school students at Varsity Gymnasium

By Eveline Watts

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Health and Physical Education (HPE) Program announces the start of its Home School Physical Education Program for the 2016-17 academic year. Classes for home-schooled pupils will meet from 1- 1:50 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in the university’s Varsity Gymnasium. Students ages 5 to 12 can participate at an annual cost of $30 per child. Registration is underway and students can be enrolled as long as slots are available.

Classes are taught by junior-level physical education majors in the HPE program in conjunction with a university course in elementary physical education teaching methods.

The HPE Program is overseen by Dr. Benjamin Sibley, a licensed K-12 physical education teacher and associate professor in the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Sibley’s research interests are psychological determinants of exercise behavior and teaching of health-related fitness.

Instructors use the Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) program, a collection of exemplary, research-based physical activity/nutrition programs. SPARK has been shown to improve students’ motor skills, to improve students’ fitness, and to be enjoyable for students in a variety of research studies.

For more information and to register, visit, or contact Dr. Sibley at 828-262-6300 or

About the Department

The Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education is an innovative, diverse and forward-thinking academic unit consisting of three outstanding programs, recreation management, health and physical education and physical education activity, each of which are supported by remarkable students and excellent faculty and staff.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.