We Believe That
- Each student can and will learn and has the right to an academically rigorous and culturally rich environment.
- Each student has the right to a safe and secure educational and residential environment.
- Both American Sign Language and English are equally valued and that Deaf Culture and heritage are an integral part of the total school program.
Our Objectives to Support the Mission
- Involve parents and families of deaf children as important participants in the educational process and strengthen their skills as contributors to communication, language, and social and cognitive growth.
- Create a total educational environment including the school, residential facilities, and extracurricular programs with interdisciplinary teams planning for each student's social, emotional, academic, and physical development.
- Develop in each child's fluency in both American Sign Language and English, and through that language make accessible the same outcomes accessed by Kansas public school children.
- Help each student acquire the skills and interests necessary to function in each cultural group with which the student identifies and to recognize and respect other cultures.
- Help each student develop the independence and critical thinking necessary to foster life-long learning.
- Expand career and vocational preparation relevant to the changing nature of work.
- Extend and update, for educators and other professional staff, the professional competence and leadership excellence that is essential to quality education.
- Increase the Kansas School of the Deaf leadership role in the community, including the promulgation of awareness of deafness, the delivery of services to persons who are deaf, and the development of community employment opportunities for the deaf.
- Provide services to deaf children with special needs, which focus on maximizing their individual potential.
- Continue to expand the capacity of the Kansas School for the Deaf to function as a resource center for all programs and agencies serving deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Kansas.