Innovation Academy Charter School believes that the social, emotional and physical development of students is as important as academic development. To that end all middle school students participate in Health Education.  

Innovation Academy Charter School views Challenge as a key to promoting wellness and physical fitness through sports, fun, and fair play.


The curriculum is divided into four strands: physical health, social/emotional health, safety and prevention and personal and community health. It is designed to support and encourage students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors.  Health classes combine small group discussions, role play, and independent work.  Emphasis is placed on making real-world connections between Health Class content and the lives our students lead.

IACS follows the recommended Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks to guide our planning and instruction for Health in grades 5-8. These standards can be viewed here.

Challenge classes emphasize Innovation Academy's outcomes of effective communication and problem solving. While competition is undeniably a key component of sport, Challenge classes emphasize team work and reflection during all activities. Students are exposed to a wide variety of sports and team building activities requiring them to think outside of the box, and to become effective problem solvers and communicators. Students will, by repetitive practice, acquire and refine a variety of manipulative locomotor and non-locomotor movement skills, and will utilize principles of training and conditioning. Students will learn biomechanics and exercise physiology, and will apply the concept of wellness to their lives.