Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I enroll my child at New York School for the Deaf (NYSD)?

    Our Admissions Page provides detailed information. CLICK HERE to access this information.

  • How do I schedule a tour?

    We would love for you to visit and tour our campus. Each tour is catered to your needs and interests. You will have the opportunity to meet teachers, students, and faculty, as well as sit in on classes!

    For more information about the admissions process, or if you are interested in a tour, please call the Admissions Office at  (914) 949-7310 (ext. 8307), or email at .

  • What is the School’s Philosophy?

    We follow a bilingual philosophy. We recognize that students coming to New York School for the Deaf have a diverse linguistic background.  For many students, American Sign Language is their first language.  For other students, Spoken English is their first language.  Still, other students communicate through another language.   At New York School for the Deaf, we value all languages, and believe that children benefit from full and ongoing access to language.

    The mission of New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) is to maximize the whole person potential of each student through comprehensive, rigorous educational programs and services within a communication and language-rich environment. NYSD is also committed to serve as an exemplary resource in the education of deaf and hard of hearing students.

    As a community and to achieve its goals, NYSD collaborates with families, school districts, agencies, the deaf community, the educational research community, philanthropic sources and other key stakeholders.

    NYSD’s students will become confident, contributing, well-rounded, and successful individuals in an ever-changing world.

    In a safe, caring and accessible environment, NYSD is committed to:

    • ensuring every student is a genuine, interactive member of the school community in and out of the classroom
    • viewing deaf and hard of hearing people from a cultural and linguistic perspective rather than as disabled
    • embracing the diverse cultures and ethnicities of students and their families
    • excellence in a bilingual (American Sign Language and English) environment
    • using every individual student’s strengths and needs as a foundation for optimal learning and development
    • high academic expectations that include access to NY State Regents curriculum leading to a high school diploma or other pathways appropriate to the student
    • the development of spoken language and auditory skills as appropriate to the individual student
    • creating a strong foundation for critical thinking and lifelong learning in a rapidly changing and increasingly technological world
    • providing high school students with meaningful and individually designed work-based learning experiences to prepare them for the world of work
    • promoting a positive self-identity and keen awareness of community resources
    • instilling in every student a sense of social justice, integrity and a commitment to advocacy for self and others

  • How can I enroll in American Sign Language Courses?

    NYSD Parent ASL Classes
    We offer several ASL courses for parents at various days and times throughout the week.  Parents or guardians of Fanwood students can take the courses free of charge. For more information on how to participate in these classes, click HERE (English) Spanish Version

  • What’s the difference between the State’s Early Intervention Program and yours?

    The Early Intervention Program (EIP) offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families through the Department of Health. Our Family Infant Program (FIP) provides an educational program for children with a hearing loss and their families, including home based and center based services. Families can participate in both the EIP and the FIP.

  • Will my child have a chance to participate in athletics at Fanwood?

    Absolutely. Athletics allow for deaf children to compete on a level playing field with other children. At New York School for the Deaf, students must maintain good grades and show proper classroom behavior in order to participate in team sports and extra curricular programs.

    New York School for the Deaf is a member of the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association and competes in soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, and track & field.

  • Who can attend New York School for the Deaf (NYSD)?

    In order to be eligible to attend NYSD, a student must have a documented hearing loss, and be between the ages of 0 to 21 years. Other determining factors may include the extent of the loss, and the impact to the child’s education.

  • Do parents pay tuition for a child to attend NYSD?

    New York School for the Deaf is a 4201 State supported school that serves students at no cost to their families.

  • Can parents request placement of their child at NYSD?
    • If your child is aged birth to three, please request an application to our Family Infant Program by contacting our school. For contact information, please click here: NYSD Family Infant Program
    • If your child is ages 3 to 4, please request a referral from the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in your local school district.
    • If your child is ages 5 to 21, please request a referral from the Committee on Special Education (CSE) in your local school district.
  • After a referral is made, what is the next step?

    NYSD's admissions personnel will guide you through the application process and provide the necessary evaluations.

    Once a referral has been made, an application for approval for evaluation to attend a 4201, state supported school (PHC-10) is completed. A current audiogram is needed to complete this application process.

    Please click the following link in order to access a PHC-10 form. This form can be completed and faxed to our office (914) 949-8260, along with a current audiogram.

  • What is involved in the admission process?
  • Can we visit the school?

    YES!  We would love for you to come tour our campus. Each tour is catered to your needs and interests. You will have the opportunity to meet teachers, students, and faculty, as well as sit in on classes!

  • What types of evaluations will be completed with my child during the referral process?

    The IDEA Notice of Policy Guidance of 1992 states that evaluations of students who are deaf or hard of hearing should provide information about the impact of hearing loss on the student’s language development and acquisition. Evaluators at New York School for the Deaf are qualified and knowledgeable about issues relating to deafness, and able to communicate directly with the child.  New York School for the Deaf provides the following evaluations:

    • Psychological
    • Speech/Language
    • American Sign Language
    • Hearing
    • Motor
    • Adaptive Behavior

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