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Old MainThe North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD/RCDHH) (372kb pdf) was established in 1890 by the North Dakota Constitution and located in Devils Lake is under the direction, control, and management of the Department of Public Instruction.

The school is an educational institution for the education of persons of all ages with severe to profound hearing loss. Out-of-state students are accepted on a tuition basis. NDSD/RCDHH collaborates with public and private entities for the provision of services to adult individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing plus provides direct services to adults statewide.

NDSD/RCDHH gets Accredited...

Photo: Certificate The North Dakota School for the Deaf (NDSD) is pleased to announce that NDSD has been awarded continuing accreditation with the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI). Mark Elgard, President and CEO, wrote a letter of congratulations to the educational team stating, "e;Your efforts and associated accreditation signify your commitment to educational excellence. Your school and community can take pride in your achievement." The Certificate of Achievement, which is valid through June 30, 2018, is on display at the North Dakota School for the Deaf.

The North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a school using specialized methods of instruction for hearing impaired youth. The school provides a comprehensive academic program for preschool through grade 8 covering a broad range which includes the following:

  • Traditional academic offerings
  • Vocational education
  • Special studies
  • Physical education
  • Art / Music

Further educational opportunities are presented through residential, athletic, and recreation programs. A major emphasis throughout all programs is development of language, receptive and expressive skills.

In order to educate hearing impaired students in accordance with Individualized Education Plans, they may participate in mainstream programs with their hearing peers for part of the day in the Devils Lake Public Schools including academic and vocational classes.

High school students (Grades 9-12) are enrolled at Devils Lake High School and receive support services from NDSD/RCDHH as per their IEP. NDSD/RCDHH offers sign language instruction to Devils Lake High School students. Students from NDSD/RCDHH may participate in community activities and in co-op athletic programs with the public schools.

The school supports a parent/infant program for the hearing impaired children from birth to three years. Through this program children and their families throughout North Dakota receive specialized instruction in their homes.

As an outreach/resource center, NDSD/RCDHH provides assessment, evaluation, and consultation services to local education agencies. NDSD/RCDHH provides information, assistance, and referrals to many other state agencies, the medical/health professions, law enforcement, independent service providers, parent and families, and a variety of other interested individuals and/or groups.

Through summer programming, hearing impaired students from local school districts throughout the State of North Dakota are given the opportunity to develop self-esteem, self-help, and socialization skills during summer camps at NDSD/RCDHH. Family Learning Vacations are provided to families throughout North Dakota.


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