Support Programs

Support Programs

Support Programs
St. Rita School for the Deaf utilizes an educational model for all students, with therapies to support the students’ education and communication within the classroom. Students attending

St. Rita School for the Deaf can receive:
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Specially Designed Instruction in the student’s identified areas of educational need(s), as documented on their IEP.   Intervention Specialists, Deaf Education Teachers, & General Education Teachers employed by St. Rita School for the Deaf provide this Instruction.       

Speech and Language Therapy and Aural Rehabilitation as defined in their IEP, by one of 5 SLPs or the audiologist employed by St. Rita School.     

Occupational or Physical Therapy as defined in their IEP, by private therapy providers employed or contracted by their local public school district, to take place at St. Rita School for the Deaf during the school day, OR at the local public school afterschool. St. Rita School for the Deaf does not employ Occupational or Physical Therapists.

Assistive Technology services that can include personal FM Systems for use in the classroom and therapy room for those students who have a documented need for them, and wireless network access for students who are using personal laptops or tablet computers in class. Visual emergency alarms are placed throughout the school building. A public video phone is available for student use before and after school hours. InterWrite Boards are in use in each classroom.

Transportation to and from school via St. Rita School van is available on a limited basis, depending on student’s residence and school availability. Most students are transported to St. Rita School by their local public school district.

After-school activities and sports are available for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Academic tutoring in subject-specific areas is also available after school. There may be an additional fee associated with some activities.

Health services including medication administration, blood sugar monitoring and insulin injections for diabetic students, breathing treatments for asthmatic students as needed, and assessment of general health and wellness related to the student’s ability to participate in school activities, as needed and requested by the teacher, are available from the school nurse.

    Teaching staff and coaches are trained in First Aid and CPR, as well as seizure intervention and food allergy awareness.

    Yearly hearing and vision screenings are provided to all students, but should not replace an independent evaluation of vision & hearing if there is an established risk or concern in either area. 

    Not all students need or receive all of the above services.  St. Rita School for the Deaf does not offer long-term counseling services for students, but can refer to local psychologists who use ASL. St. Rita School does not provide one-on-one aides for students.  All teaching and therapy staff at St. Rita School for the Deaf are able to communicate through sign language.


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