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Mission, Vision, Beliefs & Goals


In recognition of the diverse needs of Wisconsin's deaf and hard of hearing children, the Wisconsin School for the Deaf is dedicated to educational excellence in a unique ASL/English bilingual-bicultural environment by preparing students to achieve their maximum potential and become successful citizens of the future.



The Wisconsin School for the Deaf is dedicated to educational excellence for Wisconsin's deaf and hard of hearing children.



We believe the Wisconsin School for the Deaf is unique because it provides:

  • Opportunities for on-site and mainstream public school educational programming.
  • A comprehensive curricular/extracurricular program tailored to meet the needs of deaf/hard of hearing children.
  • A Deaf Studies curriculum integrated into the PreK-12 program.
  • A variety of quality resources to support statewide outreach programming.
  • A comprehensive campus wide independent living skills program.
  • American Sign Language, the visual and natural language of deaf children.
  • A 24 hour American Sign Language immersion environment which promotes incidental learning. Research shows that up to 80% of language acquisition is the result of incidental learning.
  • Exposure to a large proportion of deaf and hard of hearing role models to include alumni.
  • Deaf and hard of hearing children with opportunities to develop social/emotional skills through interaction with a significant number of other deaf/hard of hearing children.
  • Staff who are fully competent in American Sign Language.
  • An innovative Bilingual-Bicultural environment and strategies for instruction.
  • Cultural opportunities for children to interact with the greater hearing and deaf communities.
  • A fully accessible campus where deaf people are the majority.
  • A residential living program.
  • A process for developing English literacy through American Sign Language and English in its written form.
  • Children with an opportunity to acquire speech and speech reading skills.
  • Reasonable accommodations when auditory means of communication, including the use of assistive listening devices, is required or desired.



A) WSD is a model school for deaf children.

B) WSD is recognized for excellence in:

  • A well developed all around student body.
  • Educational technology advancement.
  • Innovation and improvement.
  • Skilled professional staff.

C) WSD staff have fluent sign communication skills with established ASL proficiency,
     assessment and training.

D) WSD has a cohesive campus community.

E) WSD has open, clear and timely communication.

F) WSD has a comprehensive curriculum in terms of scope and sequence.