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Welcome to WSD

We are the state of Washington’s only ASL-English bilingual school for deaf and hard of hearing students.

WSD Athletics

WSD offers a variety of sports inclusive of all students and levels including Varsity, Middle School, Elementary School, and Special Olympics.

Student Life at WSD

In addition to serving local students, WSD provides a residential program to all students who do not live in the city of Vancouver or in the immediate surrounding communities in Washington State.

About WSD

Superintendent Shauna Bilyeu shares why Washington School for the Deaf is the B.E.S.T.

A Bilingual Approach

WSD provides a comprehensive educational program that includes a commitment to promoting the acquisition, maintenance and study of American Sign Language (ASL) and English for all deaf and hard of hearing children.

What People are Saying

Once Nicolas started coming here, he blossomed and bloomed. I’m happy to say he walks, talks, runs, reads and plays basketball and does all the things they said he would never do.

Jeanmarie Moore
Parent

Every deaf child can learn just the same as hearing children can. I think that is one problem is that often there are misconceptions about deaf children’s abilities.

Jane Mulholland
Former Superintendent, WSD

Before I got to WSD, I didn’t sign well. I used a little bit of gesturing. When I got here, I got better and better.

Julian
Student

A strong language foundation is very important for their success in life. Research shows that deaf students who have American Sign Language skills are then more successful in English.

April McArthur
ASL-English Bilingual Program Service Director

He would start telling me ‘I just want to read at recess. I don’t want anybody to talk to me,’ and I’m like ‘no’. He’s outgoing. That’s not in his spirit. We started looking at different schools and was wowed by this school because of the socialization at recess and lunch and in the classroom is amazing.

Lafawne Robinson
Parent

Our daughter’s first language is ASL. It’s very important she understand ASL.

Minh Truong
Parent

So in one year [Jonathan] has made amazing progress. I think that just how much ASL is going on in the classroom has really made all the difference. So he is exposed to it all day.

Lisa Ronda
Parent

[We] came to the school. She fell in love with it. The teachers, the one-on-one, the bi-lingual, the support for speech, for occupational therapy Gabby had at that time. There was a plethora of resources for us. And my husband and I had children. They are our responsibility. We want the best for her. We want her to succeed in the world. Here she goes.

Samantha Grosmick
Parent

I asked my mother to send me here. It was a big decision for her because I lived 8 hours away from here. My mother made the right choice to send me here. It was worth it.

Randall
WSD alumnus

I like that I can look directly at my teacher. I don’t have to look at the interpreter. I can get the teaching directly from the teacher.

Ashantay
Student

With ASL I could learn everything. I’ve made so much progress since I came here. I’m grateful to my parents for sending me to WSD. In my opinion, you’ll want to come here.

Yajaira
WSD Alumna

We know that learning is a social activity. It’s social in nature. People learn from each other all the time. Children learn the fastest from their peers.

Shauna Bilyeu
Superintendent, WSD

It is very crucial that the children have access to language development. A natural acquisition of language right from the very beginning.

Pamela Whitney
Pre-School Teacher

I’ve seen a lot of changes because the communications was there to be able to interact, socialize, boost her self-esteem. The teachers, the staff, very positive reinforcements here.

Brent Neatherlin
Parent

ASL is their language. That gives them the self-esteem and they have a foundation then to support their English development.

Jennifer Ellis
Work Education Teacher, Transition Needs Team

Latest News

Veterans Day – No School Friday Nov. 10th

American Flag - Veterans Day

There will be no school on Friday, Nov. 10th in observance of Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11th. Residential students will be going home on Thursday, Nov 9th.

Students will be returning to WSD on their regularly scheduled transportation on Sunday, Nov. 12th.

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