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Adapted Physical Education

About Adapted PE:  Program Overview

History and Description Scheduling, Cost, and Enrollment
Fitness Programs Related Programs
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)  

Did You Know?

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    Adapted Physical Education (APE)  began in 1973, one of the earliest programs o f its type in California community colleges.
  • In the beginning there was just one class with 15 students, taught by a part-time instructor.
  • Today, the program 
    • Enrolls 500 students a quarter
    • Offers more than 25 classes
    • Has 3 full-time and 4 part-time faculty instructors
    • Is supported by 4 instructional assistants and 10-15 student assistants
    • Operates in a 3500 sq. ft. dedicated gym facility
    • Uses an wide array of up to date equipment, including those specially designed for adapted exercise

What Does the Program Do?

The program is designed to provide opportunities to obtain the benefits of improved physical fitness to people with disabilities, where participation in a regular Physical Education setting would be inadvisable or impossible.

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What Does APE Provide?


The broad range of courses to meet the fitness needs of students with disabilities includes exercise in
  • aquatics,
  • strength development,
  • total fitness exercise programs
  • outdoor education

Curriculum is designed to accommodate individual programs as well as appropriate group instruction.

What Fitness Classes are Offered?

  • On-Campus Programs:
    • Gym exercise classes
    • Pool exercise classes
    • Hope/APE (for students with developmental disabilities)
    • Adapted Outdoor Education
  • Off-Campus Community Programs:
    • Parkinson's disease exercise focus and all students welcome
    • Adapted fitness for older adults with disabilities

What are the Classes Like?

  1. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds participate.
  2. Most classes enroll 20 or more students.
  3. There is a wide range of disabilities, often ten or more types, represented in classes.
  4. Each student engages in a program of exercises based on his/her own individualized plan, with minimal group participation.
  5. There are some classes in which students enroll generally based on a specific disability, such as the Parkinson's class.

Can Prospective Students Visit the Program?

Yes! If interested in determining what the Adapted Physical Education has to offer in your individual situation, come to see the program.

No appointment is needed.  Drop-in to see exercise classes in PE 13--

  • Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    • Visits available during the regular quarter terms
    • Check for dates of the school term and holidays on the De Anza website calendar
    • Plan your visit after the first week of the quarter, and before Finals Week, the last week.
  • Visitor parking is available in Lot C. See map
    • Obtain a one day parking permit from the red machines in the lot (8 quarters required).
    • For persons displaying DMV placards or plates, no day permit is required and parking is permitted in staff spaces, as well disability designated spaces.

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  Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Adapted Physical Education--Program Level SLO

Within the context of a student's disability and with the appropriate accommodations, the student will be able to demonstrate that his/her physical and psycho-social well-being has been positively affected through their full and effective participation in the Adapted Physical Education program.

Adapted Physical Education--Course Level SLO's

PEA 1:  Total Adapted Fitness
  • SLO #1:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her physical well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Total Fitness course
  • SLO #2:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her psychosocial well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Total Fitness course
PEA 2:  Adapted Strength
  • SLO #1:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her physical well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Strength course
  • SLO #2:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her psychosocial well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Strength course
PEA 4:  Adapted Aerobics
  • SLO #1:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her physical well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Aerobics course
  • SLO #2:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her psychosocial well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Total Aerobics course
PEA 5: Adapted Aquatics
  • SLO #1:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her physical well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Aquatics course
  • SLO #2:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her psychosocial well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Aquatics course
PEA 6:  Adapted Outdoor Education
  • SLO #1:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her physical well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Outdoor Education course
  • SLO #2:  Within the context of a student's disability, he/she will be able to demonstrate that his/her psychosocial well-being has been positively affected through the Adapted Outdoor Education course

Adapted Physical Education--Student Services' Learning Outcomes (SSLO's)

  • SSLO #1:  Within the context of their abilities and educational need, the students will be able to register in APE courses using their priority registration status and the APE registration assistance process
  • SSLO #2:  Within the context of their abilities and educational need, the students will be able to successfully participate in their APE courses with a trained exercise assistant

Scheduling, Cost, and Enrollment

How are Classes Scheduled?

APE classes follow the De Anza College's quarter system calendar.  The  start and finish of each quarter corresponds basically to the four seasons of the year.  Each quarter lasts for twelve weeks, except for an 8 week long summer session.

Quarter Approximate Dates Length
Fall Late September - mid December 12 weeks
Winter January - end of March 12 weeks
Spring Early April - end of June 12 weeks
Summer July - late August 8 weeks

For specific starting and ending dates, see the De Anza College website calendar.

Most classes meet 3 times a week for 50 minutes or 2 times a week for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Students enroll for one quarter length session at a time.  Those who want to continue in the following quarter session's classes, must re-enroll quarterly.

What is the Cost?

Fees for Class Enrollment:

Fees are set by the California state legislature.  More information on fees is available from the Cashier's Office.

Low income students may qualify for fee assistance through the Board of Governor's Grant Waiver (BOG-W program.)  Students can contact the Financial Aid office for more information or consult with a DSS counselor for assistance.

Parking Fees:

One quarter or annual parking permits are available, or a student can choose to purchase a daily permit at machines in the parking lots.

A California issued DMV disability plate or placard exempts a student from purchasing a De Anza student parking permit.

A  De Anza College parking permit OR the DMV placard/plate must be displayed at all times while parked in any campus parking lot.

Refer to other De Anza web pages for general information on college parking, or for more information on parking on campus for students with disabilities.

How Does a New Student Enroll?

Because there is a high demand for the classes, students should plan ahead to enroll in the up-coming quarter.  Check for information on eligibility and start the steps to enroll well in advance of the upcoming enrollment period.

Students may enroll in Adapted PE courses ONLY through the Disability Support Programs and Services Division. 
New students register for the first time through Disability Support Services. See How to Enroll for specific requirements on eligibility, and for the process to register for an APE class.

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APE is one of four programs that comprise De Anza's Disability Support Programs and Services Division. These programs offer additional services and classes and may address the needs and goals of students with other types of disabilities.


Adapted Physical Education Gym: PE-13
Office: AT-209
Contact: Karen Jimenez
Phone: 408.864.8885 sizeplaceholder


Last Updated: 10/26/12