Middle School and High School 

ASD's Middle School and High School offers comprehensive educational programming for deaf and hard of hearing students in Grades 6-12. A strong commitment to excellence is demonstrated throughout the School. Students receive highly individualized instruction in small classes with students of similar educational needs and abilities.

The Right Program for Every Student

Challenging academic courses for college-bound students, advanced technical training for job-oriented students, and functional academics for students with special needs reflect the wide range of educational opportunities available through ASD's Middle and High School programs.

  • Middle School program
  • High School program
  • Deaf with Special Needs Middle and High curriculum
  • Vocational Technical Education/Middle and High School curriculum

State-of-the-art equipment, an innovative, effective curriculum and experienced, caring instructors prepare our students for a bright future. Approximately 50% of ASD graduates go on to college/postsecondary programs; 20% pursue technical training and about 20% enter the workforce in the year following graduation.

The Middle School "Quad" Concept 

The Middle School programs operate under the innovative and highly effective Quad concept.
Classes and teachers are grouped into "quads" to take advantage of the best teaching practices. Teachers work together in teams to ensure consistency and to allow instructional themes to be developed across the curriculum. Students enter a community of learners and remain with the same group for three years. The quad concept promotes learning by connecting across subject areas, so that topics may be studied using an integrated approach.

Academic, Vocational and Extracurricular Opportunities

Students have access to a broad range of outstanding educational opportunities and support services. Depending upon students' individual needs and interests, their course of academic studies will be enhanced by:

English reading/writing programs
Science laboratories 
French Language elective
Computer laboratories
Government Studies (culminates in Close Up week in Washington, DC)
Evening Tutorial Center
Academic Bowl
Peace Jam
French Exchange Program
Math Counts Program

Academic Partnerships

Educational options include partial mainstreaming in area public and private schools with professional staff support by ASD.

Career Academy Transition Services

Career counseling
Job development preparation
Hands-on computer, culinary, woodworking, printing, auto body training
Student Transition Services (work experience)

After-School Programs and Extracurricular Activities

The Junior-Senior High School Program is supplemented by a comprehensive after-school program, which includes the school's Student Life/Residential Life Services. ASD sponsors a wide variety of extracurricular activities such as:

Junior Connecticut Association of the Deaf (Jr. CAD) chapter
Student forum government
CT. Forum
Drama Club
Leadership training
Class organizations
Seven varsity and junior varsity athletic teams in five different sports (basketball, soccer, track, wrestling and volleyball)
On- and off-campus paid work experience
Evening Tutorial Program

Extensive Resources and Support Services

The Junior-Senior High School program is supported by professional staff with specialized training in the areas of school counseling, social work, school psychology, speech and language pathology, audiology, physical and occupational therapy, job placement and sign language. Over 90% of ASD faculty and professional staff have earned masters degrees or above.

Professional services include:

Guidance and career counseling
Independent living skills training
Personal and group counseling


Assistive Devices and Support

Audiological assessment and testing
Amplification Systems (group FM System, 3-D Loop Systems and personal hearing aids available to all students)
Cochlear implant support services, including aural habilitation, MAPping, and equipment maintenance
Speech/communication skills training
Distance learning equipment

For additional information or for an application for admission, please contact the ASD Office of Admissions and Family Services:

Cindy A. Paluch
Director of Admissions/Family Education Services/Student Management 
cindy.paluch@asd-1817.org
860.899.1603

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

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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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