Since 1876, RSD has helped children reach their greatest potential by offering a fully accessible, interactive communication environment including educational, evaluative and social programs. From your first visit to our campus you will see how RSD provides a complete experience in and out of the classroom. In fact, this has been our mission since our founding.
Rochester School for the Deaf is a partnership that includes an exceptional faculty and staff, involved parents, and dedicated community volunteers. It is an inclusive environment where children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing can access an extraordinary, rich, Regents-level education, and families can access professionals who have the skills, dedication and desire to help build their children's successful future.
At RSD, families discover that instruction is free from barriers. Each child's educational program includes the development of spoken and written English as well as American Sign Language, giving children a more direct experience with their teachers and our staff.
Children are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership and team-building skills. By participating in our numerous sporting, student government, public speaking, foreign exchange, scouting and drama programs as well as many other activities, our students' education goes well beyond the classroom.
Our students and their families receive the support and special resources they need, including American Sign Language classes, home visits to families with toddlers, and availability of hearing aids and other assistive devices. Families are encouraged and enabled to become actively involved in their child's education throughout our school.
RSD professionals work in teams to develop individualized programs to offer a diverse array of opportunities to students with a wide variety of needs. From addressing varying levels of hearingto recognizing differing occupational and career goals in life after school, students can explore and grow on their own path.
RSD is more than one school or one program because we provide the exceptional educational environment for children with a wide range of abilities, interests and needs. All children at our school are provided the opportunity to explore their personal interests with the full support of a faculty and administration who communicate directly with them, without interpreting, and without creating barriers to special needs.
RSD ensures that all resources are easily accessible to students and their families so you can focus on what's really important, a solid educational foundation for a lifetime of personal success.