Health education is an essential academic subject that teaches young people to take care of their minds, their bodies, and the people around them. Health education builds a foundation for academic success by teaching all students how to make healthy and informed decisions.
In New York State, all students at all grade levels must receive comprehensive health education that builds decision-making, goal setting, relationship management, communication, and other important skills across lesson topics that focus on: violence and injury prevention; emotional and mental health; physical activity and nutrition; alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention; and HIV prevention.
The New York City Department of Education requires all students in grades 6-12 to receive sexual health education as part of comprehensive health education. Sexual health education must be age appropriate, skills-based, and medically accurate. Schools notify parents and legal guardians of when their child is scheduled for health education as well as the opt-out process for prevention lessons other than abstinence.
Learn more about Health Education Requirements for Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Also, see what your child’s secondary school provided in the 2015-16 school year under Local Law 14 and 15 of the City of New York, annual reporting bills that include district- and school-level data about how many students meet health education requirements in middle and high schools, the number of certified and non-certified health education instructors in all schools, and additional programmatic information.
Health Education Focus Schools
The Office of School Wellness Programs, in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control, works closely with administrators, teachers, and school wellness councils in 26 New York City high schools to promote adolescent health and school-based HIV/STD prevention. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The 2017-18 Health Education Schools are:
01M696 Bard High School Early College
02M507 Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology
03M403 The Global Learning Collaborative
03M494 High School of Arts and Technology
04M372 Esperanza Preparatory Academy
06M423 High School for Excellence and Innovation
07X381 Bronx Haven High School
07X557 Mott Haven Community High School
10X237 The Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions
10X284 Bronx School of Law and Finance
10X433 High School for Teaching and the Professions
10X442 Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music
13K616 Brooklyn High School for Leadership & Community Service
14K474 PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers
14K477 East Williamsburg Scholars Academy (FKA School for Legal Studies)
14K478 The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology
15K592 Khalil Gibran International Academy
19K510 World Academy for Total Community Health High School
21K525 Edward R. Murrow High School
27Q262 Channel View School for Research
27Q480 John Adams High School
28Q896 Young Women's Leadership School, Queens
29Q259 Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School
31R445 Port Richmond High School
32K168 The Brooklyn School for Math and Research
75K373 K373 Brooklyn Transitional Center
High School Condom Availability Program
High schools are required (by the New York City Department of Education HIV/AIDS prevention program) to provide Health Resource Rooms where free condoms, health information, and health referrals are made available to students in grades 9-12 by trained staff. Parents and legal guardians may exempt their children from receiving condoms. However, all students may receive information and referrals to health services. For more information see the Condom Availability Program page.
Teachers and other educators
For professional learning activities, lesson plans, the latest curriculum pacing guides, and online collaboration tools, see WeTeachNYC, an online resource library and professional learning portal created by the New York City Department of Education.