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Off-Campus Physical Education

Off-Campus Physical Education Program

The purpose of the Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE) Program is to accommodate students who are making a serious effort to develop higher-level skills in a specific activity that exceed what the school district can offer through the general physical education program. The OCPE Program allows students in 7th through 12th grades to earn credits that meet the district and state physical education requirements.

Students will be expected to be physically educated, along with being physically active. They will be expected to show accountability of skill development, learned physical activity and health concepts and social development through participation in their selected physical activity and written and tested assignments that are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education.

Students cannot participate in OCPE if:

  1. They take PE at their school
  2. They take Athletics at their school
  3. They are on their school’s UIL sports team (this compromises UIL eligibility if taken the same semester as OCPE)

Contact Information

Emily Chapman, Melissa High School
emilychapman@melissaisd.org

Karen Gracy, Melissa High School
kgracy@melissaisd.org

Heidi Thompson, Melissa Middle School
hthompson@melissaisd.org


Apply for OCPE

Please see the OCPE Student Application below for more information on the OCPE program and participation requirements.

Applications are due by one week prior to the student’s first day of class to allow for scheduling and TEA agency approval.

Download the OCPE Student Application


OCPE Requirements

The following is a list of basic requirements that has been established by the Melissa Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency. These requirements must be met and maintained to be eligible for participation in the program.

The purpose of the program is to accommodate students who are making a serious effort to develop high level capabilities and to allow them to be involved in an off campus program that provides training exceeding that offered in the school district.

Off-Campus physical activity programs will be approved for only those students who have been strongly recommended by qualified instructors.

Only those students in grades six (6) through twelve (12) will be eligible for consideration for the off-campus program. No students in elementary school will be considered for the off-campus program.

Only those students involved in the activities of ARCHERY, ART SKATING, DANCE, EQUESTRIAN, FENCING, GYMNASTICS, ICE HOCKEY, ICE SKATING, LACROSSE, MARTIAL ARTS, GOLF, ROCK CLIMBING, SQUASH, SWIMMING, TABLE TENNIS, TENNIS, and TRACK CYCLING will be considered.

Students applying for Off-Campus Physical Education will be considered under two (2) categories.

  • CATEGORY ONE: These programs involve a minimum of fifteen (15) hours per week of highly intense, professionally supervised training. Students qualifying at this level may be dismissed from school one period per day for such participation.
  • CATEGORY TWO: These programs are to be of high quality, well supervised by appropriately trained instructors, and consisting of a minimum of ten (10) hours per week.
  • Please Note: High School students participating in either category may receive a maximum of one half credit per semester. One credit of Physical Education is required to graduate. A total of four credits of physical education may be earned toward state high school graduation requirements.

The student must participate a minimum of four (4) days during the week (Monday through Friday) plus an additional day that may fall on either the weekend or during the week. All such participation must always be under the direct supervision of the instructor.

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