Frequently Asked Questions
What does APE do?
The APE program is designed to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to obtain the benefits of improved physical fitness, where participation in a non-adapted physical education setting would be not be the same.
What does APE provide?
The broad range of on and off campus courses to meet the fitness needs of students with disabilities include exercise in the areas listed below.
Total Adapted Fitness
Adapted Outdoor Education
Adapted Cardiovascular Training
Curriculum is designed to accommodate individual programs as well as appropriate group instruction.
What are the classes like?
- Individuals of all ages and backgrounds participate.
- Most classs enroll up to 15 or more students.
- There is a wide range of disabilities represented in classes.
- Each student engages in a program of exercises based on his/her own individualized plan, with minimal group participation.
How are classes scheduled?
APE classes follow the De Anza College's quarter system calendar. Each quarter lasts for (12) twelve weeks, except for an (8) eight week long summer session.
Fall Quarter (12 weeks)
Late September to mid December
Winter Quarter (12 weeks)
January to end of March
Spring Quarter (12 weeks)
Early April to end of June
Summer Quarter (8 weeks)
July to late August
For specific starting and ending dates, see the De Anza College website calendar.
Classes that meet three times a week are 50 minutes in length and classes that meet twice a week are 1 hour and 15 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 are the enrollment fees?
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 California College Promise Grant Application
formerly knows as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver. Students can contact the Financial Aid office for more information or consult with a DSS counselor for assistance.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
California College Promise Grant Application
formerly knows as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver
This is an application to have your ENROLLMENT FEES WAIVED. If you need money to help with books, supplies, food, rent, transportation and other costs, please complete a FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application (for eligible AB 540 students) immediately. The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov and the Dream Application is available at https://dream.csac.ca.gov. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information
The CALIFORNIA COLLEGE PROMISE GRANT application is for California residents, students eligible under AB 540 and under AB 1899 as determined by the Admissions or Registrar’s Office, and for homeless youth as determined by the Financial Aid Office. If you have not had your California residency or eligibility status determined by the Admissions or the Registrar or homeless status determined by the Financial Aid Office, see one of those offices to obtain the determination. California College Promise Grant eligibility cannot be determined until your status has been verified.
How does a new student enroll?
New and Returning Students
In order to receive your disability-related services and accommodations at De Anza College you must first complete these steps:
- Apply to De Anza College
- Submit DSPS Application for Services
- Submit Disability Verification Form
- See DSS Counselor
How does a continuing student enroll?
Continuing APE Students
In order to continue APE enrollment, students must complete a registration packet that is available at PE-13, Pool Shed, and DSPS Division office during the registration period. The registration packet contains these pages:
- Registration Form
- Course Repetitions Form
What are the student learning outcomes?
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.
What are the parking fees?
Parking fees are the same for all students, except for a discount provided to students who receive the California College Promise (Board of Governors) Fee Waiver.
- Quarterly or Annual Decal Fee
- Summer Session Decal Fee
- Daily Parking Fee
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.
Where do students get dropped off?
APE students must park their vehicles in the college parking lots. The most convenient location is Lot C on the east side of campus off Stelling Road, near the entrance to the pool and Physical Education complex.
Students with severe mobility problems that makes walking or wheeling from Lot C to PE 13 impossible or inadvisable may use the drop-off access road behind gyms PE1 and PE2. After dropping-off the student, the vehicle must then be parked in Lot C during the student's class period. This area is also used by paratransit vehicles.
PE 13 Passenger Pickup/Dropoff Zone
Between gym buildings PE1 and PE2
Vehicles are not permitted to remain in the loading area or in the access road area
Please do not leave your vehicle engine running.
How do I request accommodations?
A student with a verified disability can work with a DSS counselor at Disability Support Services to request accommodations. Together they identify academic goals and the course patterns to acheive them, develop and implement an individualized list of accommodations and services that are appropriate to the goals and address specific educational limitations. In addition, they also monitor academic progress, identify additional on or off campus resources and adjust goals or accommodations as needed.
Make an appointment with Disability Support Services.
DSS Counselors are also available to answer questions during the 10 minutes drop-in times. Please contact DSS to check the availability of our DSS Counselors.
Do you provide mobility services?
A wheelchair-accessible courtesy shuttle service is available to students with temporary or permanent disabilities that affect their mobility. Transport to classrooms on a regularly scheduled basis or for special appointments may be arranged. The shuttle operates between major campus buildings and is available Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.
How do I schedule a visit to APE?
Prospective students are welcome to visit APE during class time. Please submit your request at least 72 hours in advance to the proposed visitation date. A staff member from APE will respond to your email with confirmation.
How do I file a compliant?
If you have personally suffered harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination, or would like assistance in determining whether or not you have been a victim of harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination in the work or academic environment, you should contact the designated college or district Title IX coordinator, as listed on the Title IX contacts webpage, to discuss your concerns. You may also file a complaint online by using the Advocate reporting system.