Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

Fitness Options at the YMCA       Fall 2024

  • All students must complete a project for these classes.
  • Classes begin the week of Sept. 7th- the week of Dec 21st.
  • Format: In-person
  • Contact: Allison Kiggins   Phone: 269-683-1552  
    email:   Website:

Students must choose at least two 45-60 minute fitness classes per week for the entirety of their Session 1 and 2 (through May).  It does not have to be the same class every week, nor at the same time. You will be issued a punch card for attendance purposes.  Contact Allison for details.

Visit to choose your location (click on 'schedule') to see their program schedule.

Be mindful of your YMCA branch locations. Classes may be taken at any of the YMCA of Greater Michiana locations.

For late registrations (outside registrations dates), or changes, please contact the partnership as well as the YMCA.

*Students must be registered for Session I and will automatically be registered for, and must complete, Session II as well.

Choose either
 "YMCA: BH/SJ: various classes"  or "YMCA: Niles: various classes" during partnership registration 

Common Classes offered: 

Youth Strength and Fitness
Youth Strength and fitness is a combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training. This class offers a sampling of agility, cardio and strength training activities. Youth strength and fitness incorporates a combination of strength exercise that will provide your child with a fun, safe, and effective workout.  This is a low/moderate level wellness program that will incorporate all major muscle groups and help students to understand proper lifting technique, form, and endurance/strength training.

*Students are to wear appropriate athletic attire and bring a water bottle.

Youth Strength and Fitness Syllabus

Group Fitness: Zumba, Body Pump. Step, Cardio Drumming and more....
Ages: 13+       
Students Ages 13+ are invited to take 2 fitness classes per week. Students may select the same class or 2 different classes.

Group Fitness Syllabus

Fitness Classes       
See our Fitness Schedule for days/times/intensity. Requires a membership or punch cards.

Customized Fitness Semester      
Our YMCA will pick classes for the semester based on what your needs.  Can’t decide between gymnastics, swim or other youth classes? Let us help you pick classes that suit your needs and lets you experience a little bit of everything all in one semester.   Please contact the YMCA for more information.  

Other Classes you may consider at the BH/SJ YMCA - see these pages:

  • Swim & Gym (Homeschool PE) 
  • Group Swim lessons
  • Martial Arts 

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

Teacher of Record: Sara Smothers