The goal of our health education program is to provide students with the education and prevention strategies in order to avoid needing intervention later in life. Our health educators are committed to influencing students to make responsible physical, mental, emotional and social decisions. To accomplish this, developmentally-appropriate educational lesson plans correlated to the MA Comprehensive Health Frameworks were carefully designed. These lessons assist students in making proper nutritional choices, understand the dangers of substance use, identify mental health issues and implement appropriate conflict resolution and interpersonal skills. At various points in a student’s educational experience, he/she will have the opportunity to study other health topics such as growth and development, reproduction and sexuality, bullying and violence prevention, first aid and CPR and other current health related issues. To remain up to date with continually evolving health education topics, faculty will continue to use district specific data collected by SPS Personnel and data gathered through annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveys administered by Health Education faculty.

In addition to Health Education programming during the school day, the following supporting/extension opportunities are also available to enrich student experiences:

  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Allies Not Bystanders Club fosters tolerance and acceptance of ALL people. Weekly meetings consist of activities and discussions that lead to greater social awareness of self and others. 
  • Gay-Straight Alliance exists to promote diversity and acceptance in Scituate High School and beyond.


  • K – Grade 5: Health education topics, including nutrition and overall wellness concepts, are incorporated into weekly physical education classes. Additionally, lessons from the Open Circle curriculum makes health education connections.
  • Grade 6: Receive approximately 12, 45-minute Second Step classes instructed by elementary physical education faculty.
  • Grade 7 & 8: Receive approximately 30, 45-minute health education classes.
  • Grades 9 – 12: Receive one quarter of a school year of health education per year.


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Scituate High School

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Scituate High School

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Scituate High School

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Educating students in health class and through other school-based programming is an important component of a comprehensive Substance Misuse Prevention strategy.  Click here for an overview of Substance Misuse topics covered as part of SPS coordinated health programming from grades Pre-K through 12.



Scituate FACTS Coalition

The Mission of the Scituate FACTS   (Families, Adolescents and Communities Together Against Substances)   Coalition is to reduce underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription   drug abuse among youth in Scituate.

Teen Safe

Teen Safe was produced by the Center for Adolescent   Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Children's Hospital Boston. Our purpose   is to empower parents to better protect their teenaged children's lives,   health, and futures.

TeenHealth Drug and Alcohol Information

This is a place for teens who   need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and   life. TeensHealth is accessible   24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need   to make educated decisions — or help a friend who needs advice.  

US Centers for Disease Control


CDC’s mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing   and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA's mission is to lead   the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and   addiction.

The Partnership at  

The Partnership at provides toolkits for   parents to have conversations with their kids about drugs

Parent Further  

Provides tools for parents to have conversations with   their children about the following topics and many more: Substance use, mental health,   bullying and early sexual behavior


This website also has a free app that you can download to   help eliminate food label confusion and judge if a food is healthy. It also provides healthier alternatives and   can be done by simply scanning a bar code or typing in the food name.