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 approval from the administration.
To begin the process, parents/guardians must complete and submit the New Student Application packet to the Admissions Team.
SCHEDULE A TOUR
Once an application is received, families are given the opportunity to visit and rout the school and grounds, meet school personnel, and observe classes.
After the tour, WSD will send a Release of Information form to the students current school. Once the office has received all the necessary documents, the Admissions Team will review the record to ensure the child is eligible to attend WSD.
INTERVIEW/45 DAY DX
Upon verifying eligibility, WSD counseling staff or an administrator will interview the parent. After the interview, the Admissions Team will make a decision about acceptance for the 45 day Dx placement based upon WSD Admissions Policy.
Prior to the conclusion of the 45 day Dx placement, the Admissions Team will meet to determine if the student will be enrolled at WSD on an ongoing basis or will return to the local school district.
Currently, our Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms are at capacity. If you have a child who would be placed in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, we still welcome you to visit our school and fill out an application. We can put your child on our waiting list. Spaces sometimes open up in these grade levels as we go through the school year and we would then invite your child to attend for the 45-day diagnostic placement on a first-come, first-serve basis.
– William “Bill” Newell
Elementary School Principal
I’ve seen a lot of changes because the communication was there to be able to interact, socialize, boost her self-esteem. The teachers, the staff, very positive reinforcements here.
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.
I am very thankful for all the support given to us as a family, for every word of encouragement and time dedicated. Since day one we had a very warm welcoming and we felt the passion and dedication that everyone has, of teaching with a smile. Thank you as well for all your patience with [her] throughout this new learning experience.
It is very crucial that the children have access to language development. A natural acquisition of language right from the very beginning.
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.
Our daughter’s first language is ASL. It’s very important she understand ASL.
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.
Every deaf child can learn just the same as hearing children can. I think that one problem is that often there are misconceptions about deaf children’s abilities.
Former Superintendent, WSD
ASL is their language. That gives them the self-esteem and they have a foundation then to support their English development.
Former Work Education Teacher, Transition Needs Team
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
I can tell he just feels like a whole new world has been open to him in how to communicate with his hands and he has already made soooooo much progress….I’ve always felt like I had to micromanage everything for him and like nobody else understood what he needed and it’s just so nice now to just know he is in good hands and around people who understand him in a way even I don’t and we are all just amazed at how much even a month has affected him. He wakes up begging to go to school.
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.
Former ASL-English Bilingual Program Service Director