Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf

300 East Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Tel: (412)371-7000
Grades: PK-12 | 231 students
  • The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) is a tuition free, non-profit school with high academic expectations.
  • Founded in 1869, WPSD provides quality educational services and a complete extracurricular program to Deaf and hard-of-hearing children from birth through Grade 12.
  • Serving more than 325 students on campuses in Scranton, Hershey and Pittsburgh, we offer an all-inclusive language environment with the goal of fluency in both English and American Sign Language.
  • With students come from more than 50 counties, WPSD is the largest comprehensive center for deaf education in Pennsylvania.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Council for Exceptional Children
National Association of Private Special Education Centers
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1869

Student Body

Total Students 231 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 7 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Deborah Fell

Sports

Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cheering, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
SoccerSoftball,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Bowling, Ceramics & Pottery, Chess Club, Drama, Ecology, Fitness, Girl's Athletic Association, Photography Bowling, Chess Club, Drama, Ecology, Fitness, Photography, Ceramics & Pottery,
Girl's Athletic Association,

School Notes

  • The WPSD vision is for students to achieve at the same level as other children in society; to reach their highest potential in academics and citizenship; and to achieve independence, positive self-esteem and high personal aspirations.
  • WPSD offers an all inclusive communication/language environment. Communication needs are met on an individual basis with emphasis on fluency in both English and American Sign Language.
  • Over 25% of our student population has Cochlear Implants.
  • The curriculum incorporates state and national standards.
  • Mainstream opportunities are offered through a variety of local programs including the student's home school district, a local private elementary school and a public vocational training center.
  • WPSD offers a complete after school program including a fully equipped fitness center, a variety of clubs and a comprehensive athletic program.
  • Our staff includes speech language pathologists, audiologists, a school psychologist, a communication teacher, an occupational/physical therapist, guidance counselors and an art therapist.WPSD provides support services as needed.
  • The Residential Program, open to students from preschool through 12th grade, is an integral part of WPSD. The residential staff provides care and guidance in a warm yet structured environment that includes clubs, social activities and athletic programs.
  • American Sign Language classes are offered on-campus and at a variety of off-campus locations. Classes are also offered to the corporate community.
  • The Choices for Children parent-infant program provides early intervention services through home visits and on-campus activities to deaf and hard-of-hearing infants, toddlers and their families through agencies across Pennsylvania.

Profile last updated: 04/27/2016

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