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De Anza College FAQS Information

Mary Donahue De Anza College FAQS

De Anza College FAQS

 Directions to De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, in Cupertino, California, are at:

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The campus map is at:

EPOOL or POOLE refers to the east end (shallow end) of the De Anza pool, where the novice swim classes are held. Novice swim is appropriate for people who:

Can swim but are not fully skilled/comfortable in deep water OR

Can't swim or have never been in a swimming pool OR

have fear of the water.


Take an interactive virtual tour of De Anza College, including the athletic fields (soccer, baseball, softball), tennis courts, Olympic-sized pool and diving well (DWELL), cafeteria, snack bars, grab and go food, Outdoor Events Arena (stadium and track), classrooms and more at:

Some people find this more useful than a regular campus map for finding their way around the first week of classes. Looking at it before the first day of classes can really help you not feel lost.

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Free textbook downloads are available for many courses, including the first aid class HLTH57A The bookstore has a page of free textbook downloads and a link to Project Gutenberg for over 50,000 free, open source eBooks at:

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The Baldwin part-time faculty offices, with with a copier, large fridge/freezer, sink, microwave, dining tables, 30 spacious cubicles/work spaces, (some with computers and phones, all with comfy height-adjustable chairs), two other more private meeting rooms, and more, are available for any and all adjunct faculty to use. See photos at

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De Anza has many new AEDs


and I will be giving more free training to faculty and staff.

 Suggested reading before the class:

A detailed explanation of how to use both models of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that De Anza College has is at:

AED quick facts 

Signs and symptoms of a heart attack; a discussion of consciousness; how to do compressions-only-CPR if you witness the sudden collapse of an adult; elements of effective, quality CPR compressions, heart disease and notes on how to call 911 are at 

  hands only CPR

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The De Anza Library has free access for current students to the New York Times. Go to the library home page (copy the following link and paste it into your browser)  and click on, you guessed it, The New York Times. At the next screen, log in with your Portal IDs. On the next screen, create an account.

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De Anza College home games also has links to student recitals, dance performances, art exhibitions, kayaking lessons in the De Anza swimming pool, Family Astronomy Evenings and Laser Light Shows, guided campus tours and blood drives.

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 How to get an email to or deliver a letter/package to a De Anza instructor (with a photo of the mail room drop off slot for use all day every day, including during times the mailroom is closed) is at:

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How to get a P.E. locker (and general rules & regulations for locker room use) at De Anza College answers questions about swim classes, such as:

When is the De Anza College swimming pool open to students or the public for lap swim?

Do I need to bring my swimsuit the first day of class? Does it matter what kind of sunscreen I use?

Isn't it too cold winter quarter to have a swim class?

Where it lists a prerequisite, does that mean I have to have taken the De Anza prerequisite class before?

I can’t float, can I learn to swim?
I’ve never been in a swimming pool, can I learn to swim?


In the space for the faculty member’s last name in the schedule of classes what does “STAFF” really mean?

When I tried to enroll I was put on the “WAIT LIST.” How do I get moved to the enrolled list?

When are the holidays, last day to add, last day to…?

What does it mean to ask for a P/NP (pass-no pass) grade?

and answers questions about waitlists, adds/drops and makeups.

There is also a link to find the curriculum (what is taught in a class, the course outline or course content, usually designed by a division and reviewed and approved by the college) for any De Anza College class. Each instructor can teach each and grade each class differently.

There is a link to the De Anza College map and a detailed map of the P.E. quad pool area.

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More students qualify for financial aid than use it or even know they qualify. There are enrollment fee waivers you can apply for online which take about a week to get an answer. A link is at the page, as well as a link to scholarships. De Anza College offers many scholarships, some of which have few applicants!

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You don’t have to pay for all your classes/fees at once. De Anza has an installment payment plan that allows you to defer most of your payments. Yup, you guessed it, there is a link there as well.

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The De Anza College Wellness Center is one of the best kept secrets in Silicon Valley. It is staffed by college educators, not salespeople. You won’t be offered 90 days for only $199.99, a long term contract or minimum year long membership.

This is not a big, impersonal, health club/gym.

At many other gyms and health clubs a large percentage of the members pay for a membership, come a few times to work out and then disappear. At the De Anza Wellness Center you will regularly see people from the lecture class you are enrolled in and others who choose the workout times you do. If being motivated to work out has been a problem for you, you will find that being enrolled in a college class, having a regular schedule for the lecture portion of the class and regular feedback from the instructor(s) should help you to start making fitness a habit.

I recommend that if they have the time, all my swim students should also take PE 70/71, as of fall 2016 known as, KNES-050A / KNES-50AL  (do not look for KNES 70 or KNES 71), and use the Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Center. includes a link to the PE area campus map with the location of PE 610, where the Wellness Center is located, above the swimming pools.

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As of Fall quarter 2016 all De Anza College PE (Physical Education, P.E.) activity and lecture courses were renamed KNES (Kinesiology).


Ooooops, PE11 (stretching) is not becoming KNES11.


I am compiling a list of the old Physical Education and new Kinesiology titles/numbers here:


as I am able to discover and cross reference them.


PE 26A novice swimming is now KNES 001A, (not KNES 26A).


PE 26B, beginning swimming is now KNES 001B (not KNES 26B)


PE26C, intermediate swimming is now KNES 001C (not KNES 26C)


PE26D, advanced swimming is now KNES 001D, (not KNES 26D) but it is not offered Fall 2016, so you are invited to take aerobic swimming on Saturdays if you completed intermediate swimming (and can't repeat it).


and PE 6G, aerobic swimming, is now KNES 002A, (not KNES6G). 


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Last Updated: 11/7/17