Programs
& Services

Below you will find outlines of our general curriculum while to the right you can review additional programs and services available outside of our day-to-day school activities.

General Curriculum

Preschool

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The earlier children experience a language-rich environment, the stronger their vocabulary and communication skills will be. This leads to ultimately, narrowing the learning gap between them and their hearing peers. Families choose a preschool schedule that is right for them- from daily attendance to attendance a few days a week.

The early childhood education teacher uses curriculum which aligns with national preschool standards. Activities focus on language development, socialization, gross/fine motor skills and self-help skills, along with plenty of rest and play.

Preschool contact:
Rebecca Gaw, Principal
PH: 712.366.3227

Elementary School

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In addition to regular academic classes routinely offered in public school programs, students in Iowa School for the Deaf’s elementary school are offered art, speech therapy, language, library, physical education, and guidance. Small class sizes allow teachers to address diverse needs of the students who rotate classrooms for all subjects. This increases independence and organization skills.

Curriculum is taught on grade level with modifications provided as needed. Activities open to elementary school students include student council, girls’ and boys’ clubs and sports teams which compete with other city youth teams.

Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade contact:
Rebecca Gaw, Principal
PH: 712.366.3227

Middle & High School

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Students are challenged to use critical thinking, imagination and creativity in classes. Staff help foster skills and attitudes within each student leading to positive self-esteem and self-advocacy. Aside from classes typically offered in public high school programs, a transition focus prepares students for life outside of high school, both in the worlds of work and college. Some students mainstream at Lewis Central High School (located across the street) with an Iowa School for the Deaf interpreter. The semester system is used at Iowa School for the Deaf and each credit equals one semester of class. Diplomas are awarded by the Iowa Department of Education, as all Iowa School for the Deaf students meet Iowa’s required criteria to graduate. Extracurricular activities range from sports to clubs and events.

Middle School & High School contact:
Rebecca Gaw, Principal
PH: 712.366.3237

Post-High School (4PLUS)

Virtual Tour Link: 4PLUS Transition Program

Iowa School for the Deaf provides programming for post-seniors with unmet transition needs. For more information visit our 4PLUS section.

Homegoing

Students are transported home/back to campus nearly every weekend (weather permitting). There are several extended breaks in the school calendar.

Teen Center

This popular gathering spot is for students of all ages to meet after homework is finished. The modern space features a large screen television, games, snack bar and plenty of comfortable seating.