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1. Early Childhood and Elementary programs, in cooperation with local school districts and an outreach program, provide an early start in academics and support for parents, as they learn how to communicate and support their children's learning.
2. Course content based on state standards for public schools is taught through American Sign Language, allowing students full access to learning in math, reading, writing, social studies, science, PE, career development, as well as other subjects.
3. Literacy is a strong area of emphasis. Teachers use methodology and technology designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. They are credentialed and highly qualified. ASL specialists, literacy coaches, learning disabilities specialists, and curriculum specialists provide support to teachers and students. The school library is staffed by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable librarian.
4. Small student-to-teacher ratios support classroom discussions, collaborative work, a variety of hands-on lessons, and individualized attention.
5. Our on-site licensed pediatric audiologist and spoken English teachers work directly with students and families.
6. Academic Placement (AP) courses are offered to high school students who are ready to challenge themselves by taking on other learning opportunities.
7. Classrooms, cottages, and the library are equipped with up-to-date technology including SMART Boards, videophones, video cameras, laptops, and visual safety alarms.
8. Teachers and staff members are bilingual users of American Sign Language and English, providing constant exposure to language, culture, and the technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people in their daily lives. Students develop ASL and English skills to the maximum extent possible.
9. Career programs are tailored to student interests and abilities. Whether students are college or employment bound, preparation includes use of technology, how to communicate with others on job sites, high quality instruction provided by teachers who have worked in various fields, work experience, job placement, career counseling, and graduate follow-up for two years after graduation.
10. Students have full access to campus activities because all are conducted in American Sign Language. The array of activities that students can choose from include athletics, academic competitions, student body government, Scouting, clubs, drama, yearbook, and web team.