Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD) was established in 1967. PDSD is a division of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. PDSD has been providing quality educational programming for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for over 50 years within the metropolitan Phoenix area. The school was originally established at the urging of Phoenix parents who wanted their children educated closer to home. PDSD began in 1967 with 26 elementary students and 5 teachers. Today, PDSD has over 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 150 faculty. The high school department was established in 1979 with the first graduating class in 1983.
Phoenix Day School for the Deaf is fully accredited through AdvancED. The AdvancED website explains that the company is, “non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. They serve 32,000 schools and school systems, across the United States and 70 other nations.” For more information, please visit: http://www.advanc-ed.org
The Phoenix Campus provides a full array of educational and support services to day students in elementary, middle and high school. These support services include counseling, speech, American Sign Language, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and behavior support (as needed).
PDSD supports a philosophy which includes the acquisition and development of two languages: American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The curriculum parallels that of any regular public school program with modifications made to meet the communication needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. In addition to typical core content classes, students are able to take specials classes such as technology, sustainable living, fine art, and physical education.
At the secondary level, students are able to explore vocational and career preparation programs through partnerships with Metro Tech High School and West-MEC Technical High School. Completion of the academic/vocational course of study or the college preparatory course of study leads to the Arizona high school diploma.