In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, St. Rita School for the Deaf has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.
“We are so proud to have received a 5-star rating. It speaks to the dedication of our preschool teachers and staff, as well as the continued support of the families we serve” says Megan Havens who serves as the Pre-K through 6th grade Principal at St. Rita.
In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:
- Have lower staff/child ratios.
- Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.
- Share assessment results and create goals for children.
- Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
- Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
- Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.
- Use input from families and community partners’ inform the program’s continuous improvement process.
- Have accreditation by an approved organization.
In the Early Childhood Program, each classroom is comprised of hearing, deaf, and apraxic children. At St. Rita, our students are surrounded by adults and peers who know sign language. We believe that our students benefit from the use of sign language both receptively and expressively.
The philosophy of comprehensive communication is more than just spoken English and American Sign Language together, but also includes the use of print-rich environment, photos and pictures to illustrate concepts, and interactive materials alongside technology to enhance children’s understanding of the world around them.
We want all of our students to be able to successfully communicate with others. For those students who are implanted or aided, Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) systems are utilized in the classrooms. Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and other related services are provided when evaluations determine such needs for each student.