You don’t need a diploma to go to college, especially if you fail to graduate because you didn’t take PE. From Bow, New Hampshire:
Though Isabel Gottlieb is a good student, a trumpet player in the school band and holds varsity letters in three sports, she discovered last fall she was one gym class shy of having enough credits to graduate next month.
She asked for a waiver, but the school wouldn’t budge, telling her instead she had to drop a class to take gym.
She’ll take the GED and go on to Trinity College in Connecticut.
I needed four years of PE to earn an Illinois high school diploma. I almost failed to graduate because I refused to walk — or fall off of — the balance beam. I had a friend who’d gone on to college after three years of high school, and I figured that would be OK. My counselor, an ex-gym teacher, negotiated a deal that enabled me to pass gymnastics and therefore PE, so I am a high school graduate.