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Elementary School - Grades 1-5

Our bilingual Elementary Program encourages the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and English in order to build literacy in both languages. In most circumstances, teachers utilize ASL for communicating academic concepts and teaching English as a Second Language. In some cases, students who have auditory access may receive a portion of their instruction in spoken English to help provide a more comprehensive path to fluency in the language.

Our approach to classroom placement is flexible and individualized. Students typically work in groups of 2 to 10,  and each child's classroom placement will be discussed during their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Some students remain with their primary teachers for the majority of the day, while others work with 2 or 3 different subject teachers throughout the course of the school day. On occasion, groups will combine and teachers team-teach. Creating these groupings allows students to learn from one another as they work.  

In addition to the general curriculum areas of:

  • English Language Arts

  • Mathematics

  • Science and Technology

  • History and Social Sciences

Students also take classes in:

  • American Sign Language

  • Deaf Studies

  • Literature

  • Health/Human Development

  • Library/Media

  • Art

  • Physical Education

The Elementary Department has also adopted the Responsive Classroom, the Steps to Respect (STR) and the Michigan Model for Health curricula as a means of fostering social development and encouraging respectful interaction and communication among all classroom participants.

As determined by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team, elementary students receive additional support services, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and ASL tutoring.

Intensive Needs Programs

Our Intensive Program (for all ages in all programs) provides an exceptional learning environment for deaf students with diverse cognitive, language or behavioral needs. The philosophy of the program is based on the importance of the growth and development of the whole child whose needs require an exceptionally individualized education. 

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