The Elementary Program is a lively, supportive, language-rich and exciting environment. This department, home to ASD’s Pre-School through Grade 5, is tailored to the needs of each student. Teachers and staff help students develop language, mathematics and communication skills, along with social/emotional awareness and creativity. Our goal is to nurture a lifelong love of learning in all our students.

Meeting the Needs of Every Student

The Elementary School houses programs designed to serve our students' diverse needs and abilities:

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  • Preschool

  • Elementary School for students in Grades K-5

  • Pre-Vocational Education Program

  • Art classes

  • Speech, Aural Habilitation and Audiological Support

  • Physical Education classes

  • Library Services

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      Teacher Assisting student on a bicycle built for 2


Students have access to a variety of outstanding educational opportunities and support services.

  • Learning Resource Center
  • Computer laboratories for writing, mathematics, Internet research and student PowerPoint presentations
  • Science Laboratory
  • Read Across America program/Storytelling/Annual Book Fair
  • Deaf Heritage Week (annual week of special programming celebrating deaf culture, knowledge of the history of deaf education, and promoting positive student self-esteem)
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      Elementary student working on assignment

Extensive Resources and Support Services

The Elementary School program is supported by professional staff with specialized training in the areas of school counseling, social work, school psychology, learning disabilities, speech and language specialists, audiology, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Over 90% of the ASD faculty and professional staff have earned master’s degrees or above. 100% are Connecticut certified teachers. Services available to students include:

  • Educational testing (both those designed for deaf students and state-mandated tests)
  • Integrated IEP planning and service provision
  • Personal and/or group counseling
  • Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services
  • Speech, Language, and Aural Habilitation communication services (individual and group)

After School Programs and Extracurricular Activities

After-school enrichment programs supplement the Elementary School program. Day students are eligible and encouraged to participate. Based on each student's individualized program plan, the following after-school activities are available:

  • After-School Literacy Enrichment Program (ASLEP)
  • Brownies and Girl Scouts
  • Youth Sports
  • Storytelling/Book Fair
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      Student sitting on a playground structure

For more information, please contact:

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    Paula Morabito 

    Assistant Executive Director
  • Photo of Jenilee Terry

    Jenilee Terry 

    Admissions Officer

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