Special Education

High School Program

The High School Program at NYSSD is designed for deaf students working toward a New York State Regents diploma and planning to continue in post secondary education. The curriculums used by instructors in this program are aligned with the New York State Curriculums and New York State Standards. Progress is measured by the completion of Regents and Regents Competency exams, as well as annual goals in the students’ IEPs. Students working toward a diploma may also enroll in the Career and Technical Education programs offered at Madison-Oneida BOCES.

The High School Program encourages students to begin thinking about postsecondary goals in middle school when transition planning begins. Vocational Assessment and Guidance Counseling can help students identify careers to match their interests and aptitudes. Assistance is provided with college applications, ACT testing, VESID referrals, financial aid forms, and scholarship opportunities.


Our Educational Program at the New York State School for the Deaf services children who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf with cochlear implants. Our school sits on 17 green acres in the heart of the city of Rome conveniently located in central New York.

Quality Education

All teachers at NYSSD are highly qualified and meet or exceed the certification requirements from the New York State Education Department. To meet the specific needs of the children here, all teachers hold a certification in deaf education, special education, or a combination of one along with a specific subject area of concentration.

In addition to quality teaching, a child can expect to have the following resources available to them at our school.

  • A full time Audiologist on staff who works with children on a daily basis to ensure their hearing aids and cochlear implants are working properly. The Audiologist also monitors the FM systems in the classrooms and conducts annual hearing tests on students.
  • Speech and Language Therapists who work with students in each department; elementary, middle school, and high school. Services include but are not limited to ; auditory training, speech, voice and language therapy. All three Speech and Language Teachers are specialized in cochlear implant services for all ages.
  • An Occupational Therapist to work with students on fine motor skills and training.
  • A Physical Therapist to work with students on gross motor skills and training.
  • 24 hour Nursing staff for students.
  • A full time Psychologist on staff who works with students on social and emotional issues as well as counseling services. The psychologist also tests students on a tri-annual basis.

What we offer

  • NYS Certified Teachers
  • NYS Certified Teacher Assistants
  • Staff Fluent in Sign-Language
  • Current Technology
  • NYS Standards
  • Regents Courses
  • Foreign Language Courses (ASL, Latin)
  • B.O.C.E.S. Program
  • Partnerships with Local Schools
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Team Teaching
  • Family Life Classes
  • Student Council
  • Academic Bowl
  • Sports
  • Small Class Size
  • Band
  • Handbell Choir
  • Rotating Classes
  • Field Trips
  • Hands on Visual Learning
  • Guest Speakers
  • Social Skills
  • Character Education
  • Music, Art, Physical Education
  • Inclusion Models
  • Counseling
  • Vision Services
  • Work Study Program
Last Updated: June 28, 2010