The OCPE Program is a partnership between the New Braunfels Independent School District and approved off campus agencies that provide activities such as: Dance, Gymnastics, Swimming and Tennis. Please refer to the link in the OCPE section for a complete list of NBISD/TEA OCPE approved agencies. Only practice hours may count towards the state required time. Game days and competitions will not count toward the total weekly participation hours. Agencies must provide an alternative place of instruction during inclement weather. Students will receive a numerical grade for the first six weeks and each nine weeks period. Students may participate in either of the categories described below. Students may not be enrolled in OCPE and any other general Physical Education class or Physical Education substitution at the same time.
- Category I - Olympic/National Level - Participation and/or competition includes a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intensive, professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the activities involved in the program must be certified by the superintendent to be of exceptional quality. Students qualifying and participating at this level may be dismissed from school one hour per day. Students dismissed may not miss any class other than physical education. PLEASE NOTE: Students who leave for instruction during the school day cannot participate in UIL activities in the same sport.
- Category II - Not Olympic Level but certified to be of High Quality - Participation includes a minimum of 5 hours per week at a private or commercially-sponsored agency that provides physical activities which include those certified by the superintendent to be of high quality and well supervised by appropriately trained instructors. Students certified to participate at this level may not be dismissed from any part of
the regular school day.
*Please Note: As determined by Texas Education Code, the requirements are different for High School students vs. Middle School students. For students in grades 9-12, TEC allows participation in a Category I or II program to substitute for the state physical education graduation requirement. Students in grades 6-8 are only exempt from the 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity requirement. Students in grades 6-8 must demonstrate mastery of the Physical Education TEKS by completing an online PE course before the end of the semester/year they are enrolled in OCPE.