Standards/Curriculum

Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum

Grades K-5:  HealthTeacher
HealthTeacher, is a comprehensive, skill- and assessment-based, elementary school health education curriculum that focuses on the following nine units of study:

  • Alcohol & other drugs 
  • Anatomy
  • Community & environmental health
  • Family health & sexuality
  • Injury prevention
  • Mental & emotional health
  • Nutrition  
  • Personal & consumer health
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco

HealthTeacher addresses functional knowledge relevant to the nine units of study and has a particular focus on the development of a specific set of skills that are essential for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These personal, social, and interpersonal skills enable individuals to enhance their overall health and wellness.

They are:

  • Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Decision making
  • Planning and goal setting
  • Relationship management
  • Self management 
  • Stress management

HealthTeacher utilizes a variety of assessment strategies that are designed to plan instruction, motivate students, evaluate instruction, assist the learning process, and measure student achievement. In addition, assessment is authentic insofar as there are many strategies within the curriculum that utilize near-to-real life situations to evaluate whether students can translate what they have learned into positive behavior and action.

Through a subscription provided by the Office of School Wellness Programs, elementary school teachers (only) can create a free HealthTeacher.com account, by following these simple steps:

1) Instructions for creating a HealthTeacher.com account
2) Instructions for logging into HealthTeacher.com

If you experience technical difficulties with creating an account or logging in contact Richard Pullen at (615) 815-9343


Grades 6-8: Middle School HealthSmart
Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, the Middle School HealthSmart curriculum is recommended for all middle schools.  This multi-volume curriculum is aligned with the New York State comprehensive health education standards, including sexual health education lessons that meet the NYC DOE sexual health education requirement. Curriculum materials are provided free of charge to NYC DOE teachers who participate in Office of School Wellness Programs free HealthSmart professional development sessions. Teachers are encouraged to attend training to learn more about teaching comprehensive health education, developing student skills, and responding to challenging questions.

To read more about Middle School HealthSmart, click here. Please note: NYC DOE worked with the publisher in 2007 to make certain modifications to the curriculum, including replacing the “HIV, STD & Pregnancy Prevention” book with a custom binder for NYC schools, “Activities in Sexual Health & STD Prevention.”  The NYC-specific curriculum is provided for free to teachers who attend training. It is also available for purchase through FAMIS.

Grades 9-12: High School HealthSmart and Reducing the Risk
High School HealthSmart in combination with Reducing the Risk are the recommended comprehensive health education curriculum for high schools. These multi-volume curricula provide all the materials necessary to meet State comprehensive health education standards and the City’s sexual health education requirement for high school students.  Curriculum materials are provided free of charge to teachers who participate in Office of School Wellness Programs free HealthSmart /Reducing the Risk professional development sessions. Teachers are encouraged to attend training to learn more about teaching comprehensive health education, developing student skills, and responding to challenging questions.

To read more about High School HealthSmart, click here. Please note: NYC DOE worked with the publisher in 2007 to make certain modifications to the curriculum, including replacing the “HIV, STD & Pregnancy Prevention” book with a custom binder for NYC schools, “Activities in Sexual Health, Abstinence & Relationships.” The NYC-specific curriculum is provided for free to teachers who attend training. It is also available for purchase through FAMIS.

Students in grades K-12 must receive yearly HIV/AIDS instruction. For more information, including the complete HIV/AIDS Curriculum, please click here

For a full list of professional development offerings, click here.