Bruce Street School for the Deaf, one of the oldest (100 years old) day programs in the country serving deaf children, offers hearing-impaired students, ages 3-15, a superior education close to their homes. Students attend from throughout the city, as well as from neighboring towns and counties. The profound handicap of deafness results in isolation, severe deficient language development, and a lack of general knowledge. Students receive ongoing intensive speech and language therapy, as well as instruction in all academic areas. All subjects are taught utilizing the Total Communication philosophy, which stresses speech and speech reading, auditory training, sign language, and finger spelling. Students receive a full-range of audiological services on-site by licensed audiologists, also skilled in sign language. Auditory amplification is available to all students in all situations inside and out of the classroom during the school day through the Phonic Ear wireless FM auditory training system. On-site audiologists also closely monitor students with cochlear implants and work closely with all hospitals in the area to make sure students receive the maximum benefit from their implants at all times. All students receive speech therapy as mandated by their I.E.Ps (Individualized Educational Plans). Physical and occupational therapy is available to students based on evaluation and as mandated in their I.E.P.
The world that deaf children will inherit will be technology based, and technology is a pre-requisite for success in our society. Therefore, Bruce Street’s goal is to enable its students to utilize all the tools of technology in order to explore and widen their world. Bruce Street students are immersed in technology when they enter as preschoolers.
Bruce Street students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have the opportunity to participate in a Mathematics and Science Inclusion Program with George Washington Carver students in accordance with least restrictive environment mandates. Bruce Street students may also participate in all clubs and afterschool programs with George Washington Carver students.
All students who attend Bruce Street School are challenged to excel academically, socially and morally.