Admissions

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 a placement for their child at our school?
Parents/Guardians may request a referral to our school from their local school district:

  • If your child is aged birth to three, please request an application to our Family Infant Program by contacting our school. Click here for the FIP contact information.
  • 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 link below 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 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

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.

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 admissions@nysd.net .

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