The California Schools for the Deaf (CSD), located in Riverside and Fremont, recognize that language and communication are central to providing quality education to Deaf children. The CSDs are intended to serve students who require specialized, or intensive educational or related services related their hearing loss.
Every Deaf and hard-of-hearing person between the ages of 3 and 21 years, who is a resident of the state, and who meets the eligibility criteria set forth in the proposed regulations is entitled to an education at a CSD at no cost to parents or students. Priority in admission to the CSDs shall be given to:
Elementary age Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who meet admission criteria and reside in sparsely populated regions; and,
Secondary age Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who meet admission criteria and are in need of a high school program, for whom appropriate comprehensive educational facilities and services are not available or cannot be reasonably provided by their local school district or county educational agencies (Education Code section 59020)Unique Educational Needs of CSD Student Population
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students have needs for a unique environment that provides access to:
direct and incidental learning and participation opportunities in all components of the educational process including, but not limited to, academic, career technical education, extracurricular, social and athletic activities
ongoing opportunities to appropriately increase proficiency in English and American Sign Language
teachers, related service personnel, administrators and other professionals who understand the unique nature of deafness, are trained to work with Deaf and hard-of-hearing students,
a sufficient number of peers with whom they can communicate directly and spontaneously and who are of similar ages and ability levels
in-depth exposure to a broad spectrum of Deaf adult role models
opportunities to participate in self-esteem building activities that promote self-awareness and an understanding of Deaf heritage and Deaf culture
Since the purpose of the CSDs is the education of the Deaf (Education Code section 59001), the programs and services are designed and funded to serve students whose primary educational needs are due to their severe hearing loss.
The CSDs provide intensive, specialized services to students with or without additional disabilities whose primary education needs are due to their deafness. The services provided include:
Comprehensive elementary educational programs, including related services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals (Education Code section 59002).
Regional secondary educational programs providing comprehensive secondary education, including a full-range academic curriculum, appropriate pre-vocational and vocational preparation opportunities, and non-academic and extracurricular activities (Education Code section 59002).