An ASD Education

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) offers deaf and hard of hearing students ages 3-21 a full range of educational programming from pre-school through twelfth grade. Working together with parents and local school districts, ASD staff develop an educational program designed to meet the unique needs of each student. Classes are kept small to meet the needs of diverse learning styles. All Pre-K-12 curriculum offerings are based on State of Connecticut Common Core State Standards as established by the state Department of Education.

  • ASD is a Connecticut State Department of Education approved Special Education program.
  • ASD is licensed for Residential Services by Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
  • ASD is also approved by the states of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Extensive Resources and Support

Students at ASD have full access to the School's comprehensive audiological, psychological, academic and career services, including speech and auditory evaluation and training,  cochlear implant support, occupational and physical therapy, and personal, academic and career counseling.

Elementary School

A lively, supportive, language-enriching, and exciting environment in which to learn and grow, the Elementary School is home to ASD's Preschool through grades K-6. Tailored to the needs of each student, curricular and extra-curricular activities are designed to develop language, communication and problem solving skills, instill confidence and nurture a lifelong love of learning.

Middle School and High School

A comprehensive educational program for students in grades 6-12, ASD's Middle School and High School offer individualized attention in an atmosphere designed to encourage each student's interests and abilities. The Junior High School (grades 6-8) operates on a Quad concept based upon the integration of content are instruction: Montessori, Gifted and Talented, Adventure Education and Open Classroom strategies are integrated into the instructional philosophy.

The High School (grades 9 -12) is divided into three educational strands:

  • academic curriculum and preparation for college and postsecondary programs;
  • vocational-technical education and preparation for college and postsecondary training;
  • preparation and training for direct entry into the workforce.

PACES (Positive Attitudes Concerning Education and Socialization) Program

The PACES program serves deaf and hard of hearing students whose emotional/behavioral disorders prevent them from participating in regular academic or other special education settings. PACES students receive intense psychological services integrated with an individualized education plan in either a five- or seven-day program. Dormitories for PACES students are Connecticut Department of Children and Families licensed residential treatment facilities.

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Q. How many deaf students are enrolled at The American School for the Deaf? Hard-of-hearing students? Any students with cochlear implants? 
A. There are currently 161 deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled at ASD. Of those students, 45 students have cochlear implants.

Q. How many of your teachers are deaf? Hard-of Hearing? Hearing? 
A. Of ASD's 345 staff, 101 staff members are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Q. Does your school have any requirements for teachers before being hired?
A. To be employed at ASD as a teacher, the teacher must be a certified teacher through the State of CT, and he/she must either be a certified Teacher of the Deaf or a certified Special Education Teacher. 



History of ASD

The first school for the deaf in the United States, ASD has a rich history.

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Support the School

There are many ways to support the school and Every Gift Counts.

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Tiger Sports

Program featuring competitive teams in seven sports and membership in the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association.

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Sign Language Classes

ASD offers community sign classes three times a year for adults, youth, and babies.

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Upcoming Events
    • FriOct27 ASD Homecoming
    • FriOct27 ASD Homecoming
    • ThuNov02 Speakers Bureau - Deaf Run Businesses and Organizations GCEC Cafeteria
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