What is Adapted Physical Education?
The National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID) defines adapted physical education as the following:

Adapted Physical Education (APE) is physical education which may be adapted or modified to address the individualized needs of children and youth who have gross motor developmental delays. This service should include the following:

-Assessment and instruction by qualified personnel means
that professionals are prepared to gather assessment data
and provide physical education instruction for children and
youth with disabilities and developmental delays.

-Accurate assessment data, including diagnostic and
curriculum-based data collected by qualified personnel.

-Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals and Objectives/
Benchmarks are measureable and objective statements
written by the physical education instructor. The goals and
objectives are reflective of the physical education instructional
content and monitored/evaluated according to district policy,
to ensure that goals and objectives are being met in a timely

-Instruction in a Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) refers to
adapting or modifying the physical education curriculum and/or
instruction to address the individualized abilities of each child.
Adaptations are made to ensure that each student will
experience success in a safe environment. Placement is
outlined in the IEP and may include one or more of the
following options:
*The general physical education setting
*The general physical education setting with a teaching
assistant or peers
*A separate class setting with peers
*A separate class setting with assistants
*A one-to-one setting between students and instructor

For all practical purposes, Adapted Physical Education IS developmentally appropriate physical education at its finest. It involves differentiating instruction so the physical activity is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability. The emphasis of adapted physical education is to facilitate participation of students with disabilities with typically developing peers in age-appropriate activities.

The APE teacher is a direct service provider, as contrasted with physical or occupational therapists. These therapies are considered related services and are provided to the child with disabilities only if he/she needs them to benefit from instruction. Special physical education (APE) is a federally mandated component of special education services [U.S.C.A. 1402 [25] and ensures that physical education is provided to the student with a disability as part of the child's special education services. Change the word "adapted" to "differentiated" and you have the idea of Adapted Physical Education. It is GOOD teaching which differentiates the curriculum. task, equipment, and/or environment as appropriate for each child, so ALL students can successfully learn and participate in physical education.


Our Mission

The mission of Mahtomedi High School, a driven and supportive family of Zephyrs whose individual growth enriches the community as a whole, is to ensure a transformational experience in which students are life-long learners and empathetic community members equipped with the desire and ability to explore their passions through a vital system distinguished by:

  • inclusive and safe environments where all Zephyrs belong and advocate for one another through authentic relationships
  • a culture that seeks out and honors diverse and global perspectives
  • dynamic educational experiences for varied interests
  • embracing the discomfort of setbacks as an important part of the learning process
  • a community that recognizes that success comes in many forms
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Mahtomedi High School has a heart for innovation, provides rigorous academic coursework, and supports students to explore extracurricular opportunities. Our teachers and staff are passionate and dedicated people who explore innovative ideas and teach our students new ways of thinking to support them in whatever career path they choose. Students engage in project-based learning to solve real-world problems using industry-standard technology in the nation’s first M.I.T. certified FabLab housed in a public school. Fine arts is a vital and robust part of the High School and our visual and performing arts classes include ceramics, digital art, choir, band, and event broadcasting. We also offer Flex Time during the school day when students may receive academic support, engage in college and career exploration, and connect over common interests. Over 90% of our student community engages in extracurricular activities that range from athletics to robotics. Students’ social and emotional learning is addressed through various avenues including a restorative practices approach for student behavior and through our Zephyr Link Crew mentoring program.