Adapted Physical Education
ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (APE)
"Adapted Physical Education is the art and science of developing and implementing a carefully designed physical education instructional program for an individual with a disability, based on a comprehensive assessment, to give the individual the skills necessary for a lifetime of rich leisure, recreation, and sports experiences to enhance physical fitness and wellness."- (Auxter, Pyfer, and Huettig, 2001)
Our mission is to provide students with disabilities the opportunity to develop and/or improve their physical fitness, motor skills, and skills in sports and games. The primary focus enables the students to participate as independently as possible in lifetime, recreational, and leisure activities in the least restrictive environment. Our mission includes close coordination with special education teachers, physical education teachers, paraprofessions, related service personnel, and administrators.
The Adapted Physical Education team consists of 9 APE teachers serving approximately 500 students across Dallas ISD. Each teacher with the exception of the Lead APE teacher serves approximately 50-60 students identified as having a significant gross motor delay from Kindergarten through 12th grade.