This comprehensive magnet program provides high school students with a deep understanding of the science behind exercise and its impact on human health and performance. Students will explore the biological foundations of exercise, including anatomy, physiology, and nutrition, and examine the role of exercise in disease prevention and mental wellness. They will also gain hands-on experience in various exercise modalities, including yoga for athletes, strength training, and sports officiating. Additionally, students will delve into the psychology of exercise and explore strategies for promoting physical activity and achieving fitness goals. Through a rigorous curriculum and experiential learning opportunities, this program prepares students for careers in exercise science, sports medicine, and fitness and wellness.

Special Features

  • Service learning and professional learning Opportunities in the Exercise field
  • Fitness Industry certification
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Sports Medicine/ Athletic Trainer preparation
  • Focus on business marketing and entrepreneurship courses to support future career pathway

School details for 2024-2025

Level Blue Green Violet
High School
  • n/a
  • n/a

Professional Learning Opportunities 

  • NC SHAPE Memberships 9-12 Grades
    • Convention in Winston-Salem every Fall
  • SHAPE America – Membership for 12th Graders only

Student-Led Opportunities

  • Exhibition of Learning for feeder middle schools every spring

Certification Opportunities:

Service-Learning Opportunities:

  • Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation
Internship Program
Internships provide hands-on, work-based learning experiences for students in their areas of career or academic interest. Students must complete all requirements and activities outlined in the Personal Fitness Trainer Internship Course Student Handbook in order to receive one Internship course unit of credit.
One course credit is awarded at the end of the school year upon completion of the required 135 coursework hours.
CMS supports internship opportunities for high school students through academic, course-related, and/or general internship programs.
The chart below highlights the requirements for the internship programs. Students wanting to participate in an internship should see a Career Development Coordinator, or school counselor for more information.
CriteriaPersonal Fitness Trainer Internship FAQs
Credit Awarded1 Elective Course Credit
Letter GradeYes
Grade Point AverageNo
Application RequiredYes
Transportation ProvidedNo
Participation TimeDuring the School Year
Eligible for ParticipationRising Juniors and Seniors who are registered for or have completed the NASM Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Course

Key Coursework Includes:

  • Introduction to Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise
  • Exercise and Mental Wellness
  • Exercise and Special Populations
  • Strategies of Sports Officiating
  • NASM Personal Training Certification
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology