Deaf Education at NTPS
North Thurston Public Schools provides special education services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing from preschool to the age of 21.
Teachers of the Deaf, in conjunction with the Individual Education Program (IEP) team, develop an IEP for each student based on each student’s needs as determined during the special education evaluation process. Teachers of the Deaf may provide direct instruction within their classes or within the mainstream class setting.
If the IEP team determines that a Sign Language Interpreters (SLI) is an appropriate service within the IEP, an SLI may be provided in accordance with each student’s unique needs. SLIs are trained to match the student’s communication style which may range from Signing Exact English to American Sign Language.
Students who receive direct special education services with a teacher of the Deaf or sign language interpreter services may attend one of three schools depending on the student’s grade level. These schools are Mountain View Elementary School (Preschool - 5thgrades), Chinook Middle School (6-8 grades), and North Thurston High School (9-12 grades). Transportation is provided if these campuses are not the student’s home school.
For further questions about the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at North Thurston Public Schools contact the Special Education Department at 360-412-4482.