NWSFHIC teachers work hard to keep students on grade level, using the same kinds of general education materials and curricula offered in their home schools.  For all grades, the empirically-grounded curriculum draws on best practices in the areas of developmentally-sequenced English, reading, writing, spelling, grammar, speech, and audition, and integrates these across the curriculum into literacy, math, social studies, and science lessons.

Student PictureOur expectations are high as we nurture students to meet their own potential.  Small class size, averaging six students to one teacher of the deaf and one teaching assistant, allows individualization in all aspects of instruction to meet each student’s specific needs.  Additionally, every student receives daily 1:1 tutoring from the teacher of the deaf.  We assist our students in becoming active thinkers, listeners, and speakers who will be self confident, life-long learners.  Curricula are aligned with the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) outlined by the State of Washington.  Teachers employ research based instructional methods and effective teaching strategies.

The school-wide use of grammatically-correct oral English and simultaneous Signing Exact English (SEE), provides the aural and visual language models essential for students to achieve academic English language proficiency in addition to normal social language skills.  This strong foundation in English enables students to better understand general education curricula and to compete successfully with hearing peers at their grade level.

As students demonstrate grade level proficiency and confidence, they are integrated into general education classes with typically developing hearing students their age.  Careful collaboration with general education teachers, monitoring of student progress, and direct instruction on coping with a hearing loss in a general education classroom are essential to preparing students for confident, successful participation in regular school programs.


  • We’ve started searching for a new Head of School for the 2015-16 school year.  Dr. Mayer is ready to mentor new leadership for the school.  Click here to view the complete job description and application information.


    September 2nd
    First day of school for 1st - 8th grade students

    September 20th
    Join us here at school
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    September 8th
    First day for Preschoolers and Pre-K students

    October 6th
    School Picture Day

    October 9th
    Curriculum Night
    Line up those babysitters, this is an adult only evening

What people are saying...