The High School is comprised of grades 9 through 12, with opportunities for students to continue skill development as a part of their Transition plans in, what is known as, grade “12 +” (up to age 21). The High School offers a wide variety of programmatic options to help students fulfill their town requirements and achieve their goals and expectations reflected in their Individualized Education Plans. The focus for the High School programs is:
Academic curriculum and preparation for college program enrollment
Vocational-Technical Education and preparation for post-secondary program enrollment
Preparation and training for direct entry into the workforce.
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 High School programs.
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.
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 Academic Support Center
- Academic Bowl
- Peace Jam
- French Exchange Program
Assistive Devices and Support
ASD's Cochlear Implant (CI) Services offers comprehensive services including consultation, MAPping, repairs and maintenance, Aural habilitation and support with assistive devices.
Consultation is available for those considering cochlear implantation. Educational Audiologists are available to provide workshops and/or training for school staff regarding how to provide the most appropriate services to students with cochlear implants, as well as peer in-services to educate other students about cochlear implants.
MAPping is provided on site for those with Nucleus (Cochlear Corporation), and Clarion (Advanced Bionics) equipment. ASD's full cochlear implant mapping facility provides each student/individual with a comprehensive MAP report, which offers a detailed explanation of what each MAP/program contains, recommendations as to when and why to change programs and which program to choose, an explanation of what sounds/environments each program is designed to enhance, suggested therapy tasks (when appropriate) and a recommended schedule for subsequent MAPs.
Therapeutic services include aural habilitation (listening therapy) in addition to the speech and language services offered through ASD. MAPping services are heavily speech focused and may incorporate recommendations from therapy providers into MAP adjustments.
Assistive Devices available for those using cochlear implants include FM Systems, sound field systems, and other listening supports. Devices may be purchased or rented.
- Audiological assessment and testing
- Amplification Systems (group DM 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 an information to discuss a referral, please contact Admissions
Jennifer Del Conte
Director of Education
Extensive Resources and Support Services
The 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 master’s degrees or above.
Professional services include:
- Guidance and career counseling
- Independent living skills training
- Personal and group counseling
- Career counseling
- Job development preparation
- Hands-on computer, culinary arts, robotics, test prep, seminar classes, media publications
- Work Experience
Transition Planning Guide
Transition refers to activities meant to prepare students for adult life. At ASD, it is our aim to help students achieve their personal and professional goals through career exploration classes, transition and academic assessments, work experience, and other experiences that match their interests, abilities, skills and needs. The transition process will guide students from self-awareness to career awareness to career exploration and ultimately, to career decision making.
After-School Programs and Extracurricular Activities
The 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 including:
- 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 Homework Help Center