Preschool

Preschool

Mission and Philosophy

The Montessori preschool classrooms at St. Rita School for the Deaf are multi-age groups of 3-5 year-old children, comprised of hearing, deaf, and apraxic children. The use of comprehensive communication, with fluently signing teachers, staff, and peers, allows for all children to communicate directly with peers and adults in all aspects of their school environment. There are no interpreters at St. Rita School for the Deaf, as there are no barriers to communication between a signing child and his or her peers.  

 
The philosophy of comprehensive communication is more than just using spoken English and American Sign Language together, but also includes the use of a print-rich environment, photos and pictures to illustrate concepts, and interactive technology to enhance children’s understanding of the world around them.  Every classroom at St. Rita School for the Deaf uses comprehensive communication to maximize each child’s potential for academic achievement and social & emotional development.
For more information about our Preschool Program please contact Megan Havens at mhavens@srsdeaf.org
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