Founded in 1817, the New York School for the Deaf, the second oldest school for the deaf in the United States, is a private non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization operated in cooperation with the New York State Education Department.
Serving students from a 12-county area, encompassing more than 80 school districts, the New York School for the Deaf offers an educational curriculum that meets New York State SED standards. The school, also known as Fanwood, has a long-established tradition of providing excellence in education for deaf and hard of hearing students.
From its inception, Fanwood has embraced innovative teaching techniques for deaf children, from the use of American Sign Language in the 19th century to the latest advances in technology teaching aids, including smart boards and laptop computers, in the 21st century.
As educational opportunities for the deaf have expanded to include institutions like Gallaudet University and the National Institute for Technology in Rochester, Fanwood has been ready to help graduates take that step. In the last 30 years, many Fanwood alumni have received degrees from Gallaudet and NTID, as well as other mainstream universities.
NYSD’s focus on individualized instruction continues through elementary, middle school and high school. At all times, NYSD seeks to provide an educational environment that both challenges and nurtures students. This prepares students for adulthood, while also giving them a unique opportunity to socialize with their peers.