Washington State School for the Deaf
"WSD is an educational community and statewide resource committed to ensuring all deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington reach their full potential. WSD students come from all areas of the state to attend school. Students that live outside the Vancouver, Washington area are eligible to attend the school's Residential Program. WSD accepts applications throughout the year and admission to the schools is based on the approval from the administration. WSD offers an academically based and structured after school program of sports, recreational, vocational and elective activities from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (These activities can extend later than 5:30 p.m.).
WSD after-school programs are designed to help students do the following:
– Gain vocational skills and develop career path training
– Gain self-esteem, self-awareness, self-control, and decision-making abilities
– Develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically
– Learn about nutrition, health, and personal safety
– Experiment, create, and explore
A Residential Program Supervisor oversees the extracurricular program and varsity sports. There is one recreation staff that is directly responsible for all other activities. WSD has implemented an Independent Living Skills (ILS) program for junior and senior students. The Academic ILS Coordinator, SLCs, Deans and Residential Program Supervisors work together to provide students with information on available services and programs, opportunities to gain practice in daily living skills and to interact with Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Hearing role models, all of which facilitate the process of becoming independent. Washington School for the Deaf Outreach offers statewide services to deaf and hard of hearing students, teachers of the deaf, educators serving the deaf, educational interpreters and families of deaf infants, toddlers and students."