Referral Process

IEP meeting
Referrals to ISD begin with the IEP.

Iowa School for the Deaf is a referral-based school. Students’ Individual Education Family Service Plans (IFSP) or Individual Education Programs (IEP) need to state the placement for a student at Iowa School for the Deaf.

For Parents, Families and Students:

  1. Contact your local school district and tell them of your interest.
  2. Contact ISD: Preschool – 8th grade 712.366.3227 | 9th – 12th grade and 4PLUS 712.366.3237.
  3. Tour ISD campus with your school district staff, AEA/ESU staff.
  4. Work with your school district to schedule an IEP meeting. Discussion regarding placement occurs here.
    The following individuals should attend the meeting: Student, parents/guardians, AEA/ESU staff, local school staff, Iowa School for the Deaf staff, others as needed.
  5. Complete registration packet for Iowa School for the Deaf.

For School Systems:

  1. Contact ISD: Preschool – 8th grade 712.366.3227 | 9th – 12th grade and 4PLUS 712.366.3237.
  2. Tour ISD campus with family and AEA/ESU staff.
  3. Provide ISD the following records: Current IEP, audiogram, 3-year evaluation and transcripts (for high school students).
  4. Host IEP meeting.
    The following should attend: Student, parents/guardians, AEA/ESU staff, local school staff, Iowa School for the Deaf staff, others as needed.

For AEAs, ESUs (Nebraska) and Referral Agencies:

  1. Contact ISD: Preschool – 8th grade 712.366.3227 | 9th – 12th grade and 4PLUS 712.366.3237.
  2. Tour ISD campus with family and school district staff.
  3. Attend IEP meeting.
Iowa School for the Deaf
3501 Harry Langdon Blvd.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503


PH: 712.366.0571