• Adapted Physical Education

    RCPS provides adapted physical education to students with disabilities through weekly adapted physical education classes, weekly general physical education/dance, the Achilles Kids Walking Program, and a swim program.

    Adapted physical education is physical education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act uses the term disability as a diagnostic category that qualifies students for special services.  

    Federal law mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities and defines physical education as the development of:

    • physical and motor skills
    • fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc)
    • skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports)

    Students wearing Special Olympics shirts smile with a teacher.

    Weekly Adapted Physical Education Class

    Students focus on learning skills for life-long activities that are available in their communities after graduation. Skills for sports in their community: movement, basketball, bowling, soccer, softball, and volleyball. This includes field trips for bowling and participation in the Special Olympics track and field.

    Weekly General Physical Education or Dance Classes

    Adapted physical education teachers provide support ensuring students have access to modified equipment and activities in order to maximize social and physical involvement during general physical education.

    Achilles Kids Walking Program

    The Achilles Kids program motivates students to walk the distance of a marathon or more by the end of the school year. Outdoor and indoor courses have been measured so that distances can be logged on their Achilles Walking Charts. Students who complete the marathon receive shirts and certificates.

    Swim Program

    RCPS receives extensive community support from individual donors, PTAs, and organizations with pools, including the YMCA, Gator Aquatics Center (no transportation needed for Fishburn Park and Madison), and Green Ridge Recreation Center.



  • Adapted Physical Education Contacts

    Elementary Schools
    Kaitlyn Barackman
    Middle/High Schools
    Heather Landes-Hypes

    Community Contacts

    Challenger Baseball
    (540) 309-6274

    Special Olympics of Roanoke
    (540) 344-6411

    Special Olympics General Information