Kindergarten through 4th grades are part of the Elementary department at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. The average class size is 6 students (with a range of 4 to 9 students), providing maximum opportunity for individualization.  On average, we have three classes at each grade level, working together as a department for student in 2nd – 6th grade.

Our Like Skills classes, serve students with multiple disabilities from K-6th grade and are multi-age. The focus is on activities of daily living and functional skills.  Students apply concepts learned in the classroom during community based outings.

Our dedicated teachers are all certified through the Arizona Department of Education and have degrees in Deaf Education and/or Special Education.  They are fluent in American Sign Language.  They focus on developing language and communication skills throughout the school day, while providing academic instruction aligned with Arizona College and Career Ready Standards

The emphasis of our instructional program is language development and literacy through a dual language approach using American Sign Language and English.  Our program should be considered for any student who can benefit from American Sign Language to fully access academic and social information.  We offer free sign language classes to the families of our students.

Students in our program receive the following services:

    • direct instruction provided by a certified Teacher of the Deaf throughout the school day (as opposed to using an ASL interpreter or receiving pull out HI services for part of the day in a public school setting)

    • access to direct communication with deaf and hard of hearing peers their own age for communication and socialization

    • access to deaf and hard of hearing adult role models

    • opportunities to attend specials such as PE, Fine Arts, Technology and ASL

  • support from Related Services staff as outlined in Individual Education Plans (IEPs) as needed, including:  speech and auditory training, ASL, OT, PT, counseling

Some of the academic programs and curricula used include: Fairview, Harcourt Brace Moving Into English, Accelerated Reading, Reading A-Z, McGraw Hill Math Connects, Accelerated Math, McGraw Hill Science: A Closer Look, Handwriting Without Tears

If you are interested in investigating our program as a possible placement for your child, please contact Jill Voit, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at (602) 771-5341 / VP (602) 429-0116 or email: [email protected].