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Student Life

The Student Life Division provides living space for our students whose families live too far for a daily commute. Our trained, ASL-fluent residential staff members teach students to develop their self-esteem, leadership and independent living skills.

After school, Student Life provides a wide range of age-appropriate programs and activities, after-school tutoring and study space. Each cottage has a designated study time every evening.

Our highest priority is to ensure each child’s safety, to give them a space away from home to develop into mature, cooperative and academically successful adults who will make a difference in their home communities. We encourage students to build strong relationships with family members, teaching them how to communicate with non-ASL users through videophones, phones, pagers or email.

Our mission is to provide an environment where students are empowered in making life-long positive choices, developing independence and creating a sense of belonging.


Ethan Bernstein
              Dean of Students