My son is an 8th grader in TX and at the middle school you have to have 2 years of PE or "athletics". If you choose athletics, it's one of your classes instead of PE, if you choose PE, you have PE, every day. Just like you would athletics. Their schedule is such that they have every class every day (art, health, etc). I actually like it, it makes it much simpler than the schools with even/odd days or A/B days or whatever. Now, my son is NOT in athletics and probably never will be, so I have no idea what they do in athletics "class".