We here at CSDR look forward to working with you to provide your children the best opportunities for learning and success in school and life. Enthusiasm, support and involvement from families, school staff, and community inspire children to do their best. Together, we can achieve wonderful things.
From its inception in 1953, the California School for the Deaf, Riverside has attracted deaf scholars and steadfast staff with innovative spirit and a desire to serve deaf students. These exceptional individuals have created paths of success and opportunities for our students while eliminating any and all barriers. This tradition continues as we embrace this school year. A lot of excitement is ahead of us, including qualified and talented teachers and staff, new books and technology, new and old friends, and newfound skills. It is my personal goal to make this school the best literacy based program in Southern California. I look forward in having you be part of these exciting times!
Three school-wide goals are emphasized throughout the school year:
Personally, my objectives towards contributing to these goals include:
In addition, we continue to focus upon a safe and orderly environment in our school, providing intervention and enrichment activities for our students, and engaging them in robust and relevant activities.
I am passionate to serve as your Superintendent. I invite you to join me toward achieving a culture of academic excellence. This is an exciting era in education, and I intend for CSDR to lead the way.
Nancy Hlibok Amann, Ph.D.
The Instructional Division at CSDR is dedicated to serving the educational, social and emotional needs of every student within the Southern California region. The various departments within the Instructional Division include:
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Elementary (grades K-5)
Middle School (grades 6-8)
High School (grades 9-12+)
Career Technology Education (CTE) and Transition Services
Special Needs (ages 3-22)
Curriculum and Staff Development
We are a fully accredited school with both Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD). Instruction is based on Common Core State Standards and Alternate Curriculum Standards approved by the State Board of Education and individual needs as outlined within student IEPs. Language Planning is an integral part of our evaluation, goal development and bilingual instructional methods. It is critical that every child develops strong ASL and English skills necessary for learning, developing critical thinking skills and becoming life-long learners. The primary mode of instruction at CSDR is in the natural language for the Deaf (American Sign Language or ASL). Language separation is emphasized in order to develop strong language in both ASL and English. We also focus on supporting students on developing a positive sense of identity that includes competence and skill in living fully as a Deaf person in society, also known as Deafhood. Our staff strives to challenge every student to maximize his or her ability.
CSDR is proud to provide a language-rich environment that engages students with extra-curricular activities and organizations including, but not limited to: athletics, leadership, real-world hands-on experiences, on and off-campus work experience and many more.
We welcome you to come and explore our programs and get to know CSDR. Southern California awaits you!
Director of Instruction
The CSDR Student Services Division facilitates the admission of new students, and then provides support services to help all students function at their full potential. The Student Services Division consists of: Admissions; Assessment and Intervention Services; Counseling, Speech and Audiology Services; Family Education; Health Services; and IEP Coordination. Each department within Student Services uses a team approach in providing support services to students. Our goal is to identify individual student strengths and areas of need. We then capitalize on student strengths to facilitate and support their skills in the areas of academics, behavior, and personal and social development.
The Student Services staff are all highly trained in their areas of expertise. They are wonderful resources who welcome you to contact them for information and guidance.
I am very proud to be a part of such an outstanding school for deaf children!
Photo Credits : High School Yearbook Students - Cherilyn Barrett - Auna Fergusen - Jens Rechenberg '81 - Jaclyn Vincent