Founded in 1817, the New York School for the Deaf, the second oldest school for the deaf in the United States, is a private non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization operated in cooperation with the New York State Education Department.
NYSD’s focus on individualized instruction continues through elementary, middle school and high school. At all times, NYSD seeks to provide an educational environment that both challenges and nurtures students. This prepares students for adulthood, while also giving them a unique opportunity to socialize with their peers.
The mission of New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) is to maximize the whole person potential of each student through comprehensive, rigorous educational programs and services within a communication and language-rich environment. NYSD is also committed to serve as an exemplary resource in the education of deaf and hard of hearing students. As a community and to achieve its goals, NYSD collaborates with families, school districts, agencies, the deaf community, the educational research community, philanthropic sources and other key stakeholders.
NYSD’s students will become confident, contributing, well-rounded, and successful individuals in an ever-changing world.
In a safe, caring and accessible environment, NYSD is committed to:
ensuring every student is a genuine, interactive member of the school community in and out of the classroom
viewing deaf and hard of hearing people from a cultural and linguistic perspective rather than as disabled
embracing the diverse cultures and ethnicities of students and their families
excellence in a bilingual (American Sign Language and English) environment
using every individual student’s strengths and needs as a foundation for optimal learning and development
high academic expectations that include access to NY State Regents curriculum leading to a high school diploma or other pathways appropriate to the student
the development of spoken language and auditory skills as appropriate to the individual student
creating a strong foundation for critical thinking and lifelong learning in a rapidly changing and increasingly technological world
providing high school students with meaningful and individually designed work-based learning experiences to prepare them for the world of work
promoting a positive self-identity and keen awareness of community resources
instilling in every student a sense of social justice, integrity and a commitment to advocacy for self and others