At California School for the Deaf, it is our aim to prepare our students for the real world as they graduate from CSD. At our Middle School, the following five important areas are explored throughout our daily instruction and other activities:
UNLIMITED ACCESS TO LEARNING
In addition to the exciting activities described above, the middle school provides every child unlimited access to language (American Sign Language) and Common Core Standards. Every student takes the following rigorous course of study: language arts (writing, reading, American Sign Language), mathematics, social studies, science, career awareness, and physical education. Classroom routines, projects, special activities, and field trips are provided to connect topics learned in the classroom to the real world.
CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Middle School has maintained a meaningful character education program for many years. The character education program is based on the well-known Character Counts program. This program has been used in many schools throughout the United States. To provide a positive and safe environment, the Eight Pillars of Character (caring, respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship, appreciation, excellence) are infused into the daily behavioral expectations of our students.
PRINCIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (PAC)
To promote leadership and demonstrate effective communication among our student body, a Principal Advisory Council (PAC) was established several years ago. Through an election procedure, two or three student leaders were selected to represent each grade. After their election, 13 class representatives were chosen by the elected council members. PAC meets on a monthly basis and participates in a variety of activities to promote leadership development such as moderating panels, performing assembly introductions, conducting leadership lunch retreats, and producing monthly video announcements.
STUDENT RECOGNITION ASSEMBLIES
To recognize our students’ good deeds, there are monthly Student Recognition Assemblies where students who have demonstrated positive academic traits and character-related efforts are acknowledged and applauded. The Middle School department invites you to visit us anytime.