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.

About the Admissions Process




To begin the process, parents/guardians must complete and submit the New Student Application packet to the Admissions Team.



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.



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.

How to apply:

  1. Email: Jackie Valadao or call 360-334-5449 (VP) to have an application packet mailed to you OR download the forms below:
    New Student Application Packet – (PDF) (SPANISH)
    Student Supply List
  2. Fill out the packet completely and mail it to:
    Washington School for the Deaf
    Attention: Admissions
    611 Grand Blvd.
    Vancouver, WA 98661
  3. The school admission’s team will review the student’s application and notify you of the application status.

Prospective Preschool Parents:

We are very pleased that our pre-school is bursting at the seams. We have 12 lively and rambunctious three- and four-year-old kiddos in our pre-school as of January 2023. Given the size of our pre-school classroom and the number of staff devoted to their safety and education, we will be happy to place additional potential students on a waiting list and consider their enrollment when space becomes available for the rest of school year 2022-2023.  Please contact Bill Newell, principal for preschool-6th grade, with any questions.