Home School PE

The Appalachian State University Physical Education Program is pleased to continue our commitment to a Home School Physical Education Program for the 2019‐2020 academic year.

Program Details:

PE Instruction Days:Tuesdays and Thursdays (full schedule enclosed)
PE Class Meeting Time:1:00-1:50 pm
Location:Varsity Gym on Appalachian's Campus (see enclosed map)
Fee:$30 per student for the full academic year (Appalachian PE T-shirt included in price)
Ages:5-12 years (must turn 5 by September 10, 2019)

Program Structure:

The Appalachian Home School PE Program is a part of the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Program. Mr. Byron Towner will oversee the program in the Fall and Dr. Brooke Towner in the Spring. Mr. Towner is a lecturer in the HPE program, is a National Board Certified Physical Education Teacher in early and middle childhood, and has 12 years of physical education experience in both public school and recreational settings. Dr. Towner is a professor in the HPE program, is a certified K-12 Physical Education Teacher and has many years of experience working with children in both academic and recreational settings.

Classes are taught by junior-level physical education majors in Appalachian's PETE program in conjunction with a university course in elementary physical education teaching methods. All lesson planning and instruction is supervised by Mr. Towner or Dr. Towner. We offer classes at three developmental levels: Cadets (5-6 years), Juniors (7-8 years), and Seniors (9+ years). These age cut-points are approximate – class placement is based on both age and developmental level.

We use the innovative SPARK physical education curriculum in our PE program. The SPARK curriculum has been shown to improve students' motor skills, to improve students' fitness, and to be enjoyable for students in a variety of research studies. For more information on the SPARK curriculum, check out their website at www.sparkpe.org. This year our students will wear fitness trackers on a daily basis and participate in fitness and developmental motor testing at various times throughout the academic year.

In addition to the Home School PE Program, we offer two additional physical activity programs for the family:

The Play Pen (3 - 4-year-olds):

Dates: September 12 – November 19

Meets: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Annual Cost for the full academic year: $30 per child (includes t-shirt)

Play Pen activities will be structured using the SPARK early childhood (EC) curriculum. The SPARK EC curriculum is designed to provide children with high activity, academically integrated, enjoyable movement opportunities that foster social and motor development.

The Parent Walking Program:

Dates: September 12 – November 19

Meets: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Annual Cost for the full academic year: $0

While your children are engaged in the Home School PE program or Play Pen, get active too. This parent-centered physical activity program will consist of an App State student-led structured walking program. During the walk, there will be an opportunity to discuss various physical activity and health topics.


Parents are welcome to attend class as often as they wish. Free parking is available in the Appalachian parking deck on Rivers Street. Just see Dr. Towner after you arrive to get a parking pass.


On the website, you will find a link to the registration form and the program packet. The packet includes a program schedule, program policies, and procedures and other general information. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Byron Towner at 828-262-8560 or townerbj@appstate.edu or Dr. Brooke Towner at 828-262-8558 or townerbc@appstate.edu.