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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.

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WSD Athletics

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

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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.

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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

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

Randall
Junior

[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

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

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

With ASL I can learn everything. I’ve made so much progress since I came here. Now I’m a senior! I’m grateful to my parents for sending me here to WSD. In my opinion, You’ll want to come here.

Yajaira
Senior, 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
3rd grader

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

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

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

Minh Truong
Parent

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.

Mai
8th grader

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

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

So 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

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

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

Latest News

Getting ready for school with a BBQ

On Sunday, August 27th, WSD will be hosting a BBQ from 12-1pm to welcome students and parents to the new school year. A parent meeting will follow from 1-2pm in the Kastel Cafeteria so that parents can meet the administrators and staff. Cottage check-ins will take place right after that.

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