Physical Education

​​Physical Education plays a critical role in educating the whole child as part of a well-rounded education. Like other academic courses of study, physical education is based upon rigorous state and national standards that define what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level. Physical Education is unique to the school curriculum as it is the only program that provides students with opportunities to learn motor skills, develop fitness, and gain an understanding of the importance of physical activity. Students are provided an individualized and developmentally appropriate instructional program that will develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Adapted Physical Education (APE)

Adapted Physical Education is the Physical Education program designed for students with disabilities.  A student with a disability as defined in COMAR 13A.05.01.03B(78) shall have an equal opportunity to participate in the comprehensive standards-based Physical Education program to meet the requirements of the Maryland Physical Education Framework.  

Local school systems (LSSs) must provide reasonable accommodations to ensure students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate to the fullest extent possible in a standards-based physical education program. LSSs must also ensure adapted, allied, or unified Physical Education as defined in Education Article §7-4B-01, Annotated Code of Maryland, is available that meets the comprehensive standards-based Physical Education program outcomes for the students who qualify.

Adapted Physical Education is a service, not a setting. It is required to ensure that students who qualify benefit from quality instruction in Physical Education in the least restrictive environment.

Contact Information

Jason Semanoff
Physical Education Program Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Phone: 410-767-0327
Fax: 410-333-1146