As a student at Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children (NWSDHH), your child will develop the skills and confidence to compete academically and participate fully in a hearing society. We invite you to visit us, talk with our students and teachers, and see first-hand how our nurturing and rigorous academic program turns deafness into a difference rather than a limitation.
We offer classes for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in preschool through 8th grade. As part of our academic program, most NWSDHH students attend a mainstream local school for one to three classes per day.
On average we have about 45 total students enrolled at our school, with approximately six students per class. This allows us to give highly-personalized instruction, including 15 minutes of individualized tutoring per day in speech, listening, vocabulary, and English.
Once the school team has determined NWSDHH is the appropriate placement for your child, we will work with a local school district to contract for services. More than 20 public school districts in Western Washington contract with NWSDHH. For the vast majority of our students, costs of attending are fully covered by school district contracts and support from our loyal donor community. In unique circumstances when we are unable to partner with a local school district, full or partial scholarships may be available.
Any deaf or hard-of-hearing child in preschool through 8th grade who is not ready to function independently in a regular classroom setting is eligible to apply to our academic program. Eligible applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis.
- As a first step, please complete our Contact Form.
- You will be invited to attend an information session and personalized tour. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the school and the services available for your child.
- NWSDHH staff will coordinate a one-on-one evaluation for your child.