Advanced P.E. program boosts student performance at Lowcountry middle school

Charleston County News

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) One Lowcountry middle school is now using exercise to improve performance in the classroom — and so far, it’s working.

In January, Northwoods Middle School began offering advanced P.E.; the class is set up like the CrossFit method to burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time with little to no breaks between tasks.

The idea was implemented to help students struggling in the classroom and after nine weeks the results look promising for the 21 students involved.

It allows them to go into their two or three next class periods a little more settled and a lot more focused, and then they are able to do the work to the best of their ability, said Megan Reilly, Northwoods Middle School.

“It has been awesome, honestly,” said one teacher at Northwoods Middle. “Over 80% of my class has improved academically in all of their course subjects, as well as gone down in their teacher-managed and office-managed referrals.”

Northwoods Middle School’s principal tells us the hope is to expand the program. The goal is to offer advanced P.E. during the first three periods of the day.

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