Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

National Sexuality Education Standards

The goal of the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12 is to provide clear, consistent and straight forward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades K–12. The development of these standards is a result of an ongoing initiative, the Future of Sex Education (FoSE). PPSWO utilizes the National Sexuality Education Standards to inform our programming. 

National Health Education Standards

Core Concepts (CC) Standard 1 Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Analyzing Influences (INF) Standard 2 Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.
Accessing Information (AI) Standard 3 Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.
Interpersonal Communication (IC) Standard 4 Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
Decision-Making (DM) Standard 5 Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Goal-Setting (GS) Standard 6 Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Self Management (SM) Standard 7 Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Advocacy (ADV) Standard 8 Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

Each of our programs incorporate the following essential topics and skills for K-12 sexuality education: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology (AP) provides a foundation for understanding basic human functioning. 
  • Puberty and Adolescent Development (PD) addresses a pivotal milestone for every person that has an impact on physical, social and emotional development. 
  • Identity (ID) addresses several fundamental aspects of people’s understanding of who they are. 
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction (PR) addresses information about how pregnancy happens and decision-making to avoid a pregnancy. 
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV (SH) provides both content and skills for understanding and avoiding STDs and HIV, including how they are transmitted, their signs and symptoms and testing and treatment. 
  • Healthy Relationships (HR) offers guidance to students on how to successfully navigate changing relationships among family, peers and partners. Special emphasis is given in the National Sexuality Education Standards to the increasing use and impact of technology within relationships. 
  • Personal Safety (PS) emphasizes the need for a growing awareness, creation and maintenance of safe school environments for all students.

Visit https://advocatesforyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/josh-fose-standards-web.pdf to read more about the National Sex Education Standards for each grade level. 

Get Real

Get Real is a comprehensive sex education curriculum developed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Get Real emphasizes social and emotional skills as a key component of healthy relationships and responsible decision making. It promotes abstinence from sex as the healthiest choice for adolescents; provides a comprehensive understanding of sexual health, sexuality and protection methods; and supports parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children through family activities that encourage dialogue between students and the caring adults in their lives about sexual health topics. Get Real is available in both middle school and high school editions. Each session is 45 minutes. While we encourage you to complete the entire curriculum, we can modify the schedule to fit your needs.

Table of contents for each grade level are below:

6th Grade
  • Creating the Classroom Climate
  • Communication and Refusal Skills
  • Relationships and Boundaries
  • Male Anatomy and Reproduction
  • Female Anatomy and Reproduction
  • Puberty
  • Abstinence
  • Decision Making and Values
  • Conclusion and Review
7th Grade
  • Creating the Classroom Climate
  • Media Literacy and Sexuality
  • Sexual Identity
  • Creating a Safe School Environment
  • Deciding About Sexual Behavior
  • Defining and Maintaining Abstinence
  • Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Introduction to Protection Methods
  • Conclusion and Review
8th Grade
  • Creating the Classroom Climate
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
  • Addressing Obstacles to Abstinence
  • Comprehensive Protection Methods
  • STI/HIV Transmission
  • Living with HIV
  • Refusal Skills
  • Goals and Decision Making
  • Get Real Capstone Project
High School
  • Introduction to Sexuality
  • Reproductive Anatomy
  • Gender, Sex and Shared Responsibility
  • Sexual Identity
  • Reasons and Methods for Preventing Pregnancy
  • Preventing STIs and HIV
  • Sexual Risks and Low-Risk Intimacy
  • Negotiating Postponement and Protection
  • Social Media Literacy and Sexuality
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
  • Assessing Risk and Accessing Sexual Health Care

Learn more about the Get Real curriculum.

Violence Prevention

Our violence prevention programming focuses on healthy relationships, consent and bystander intervention as well as aspects of the Get Real curriculum. See the Get Real section for more information on lessons. Violence prevention programming is based on needs of each school/individual and is NOT a set curriculum.