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Educational Programs

We want our students to become as confident and independent as they can be.

To that end, every student’s educational program is individually designed to build self-esteem and self-reliance through a combination of academics, recreation, leisure skills, a work-readiness program and a Career Technology Education Program. 

  • The typical classroom has a 2:1 student-to-staff ratio, and classes are typically 4-6 students.
  • As students progress, they may begin taking classes at the Learning Center for the Deaf’s main campus in elementary, middle school or high school programs. Unlike many other residential treatment programs, this interaction with fully-functioning Deaf peers and role models is a major benefit of the Walden School experience. 
  • Our educational staff members have degrees in special education and/or Deaf education, and they receive ongoing training in emotional and psychiatric disorders, counseling skills and intervention strategies.
  • A work-readiness program designed to develop task-oriented behaviors and an understanding of the working world is available, as well as a Career Technology Education Program which offers a wide range of vocational classes and hands-on opportunities. When appropriate, this may lead to supervised on-campus or community employment.


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