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Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

The Comprehensive Health and Physical Education standards focus on personal decision-making around emotional and social well-being, positive communication, healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco, drug, and alcohol abuse prevention and violence prevention. The standards underscore important skills for navigating today’s society with its complex and often confusing messages around health, beauty, and happiness. 

In partnership with the Colorado PTA, family and community guides to the Colorado Academic Standards (in English and Spanish) have been created to help families and communities across Colorado better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The guides describe the “big picture” purpose of the standards, as road maps to help ensure that all Colorado students graduate ready for life, college, and careers. They also provide overviews of the learning expectations for each of the ten content areas of the standards and offer examples of educational experiences that students may engage in, and that families could support, during the school year.

A Special Thank You to...

The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Pam Gibble and Aprille Vasu for their invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for grades six-12 in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.  Their expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

View guides for all of Colorado's core content areas.

High School Guide to Comprehensive Health

Middle School Guides to Comprehensive Health 

Elementary School Guides to Comprehensive Health

Colorado Academic Standards Physical Education Graphic

High School Guides to Physical Education:

Middle School Guides to Physical Education:

Elementary School Guides to Physical Education


For content specific questions, please contact Phyllis Reed, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Content Specialist. 

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