High School

In kindergarten through 12th grades, standards-based instruction at RSD includes:
High student participation in some discussion• English Language Arts (ELA)
• American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies
• Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
• Social Studies
• Physical Education and Health
• Art and Music
RSD High School grades 9th - 12th prepare young, deaf, and hard of hearing adults to experience the world on their own terms.

High School offers students a variety of learning opportunities to best prepare each individual for their transition to independence. Students can take courses to obtain an Advanced Regents, Regents, or local diploma. RSD frequently enters into collaborative arrangements with local school districts so that our High School students are able to broaden their choice of course selections. Some students pursue a Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS) or a Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SACC) to ensure that the training and skills needed to enter the workforce are instilled. RSD partners with various BOCES programs where our students can receive cutting edge education in their chosen trade. Our strong relationship with ACCES-VR ensures that students are informed about resources they can access upon graduation. The Modified program provides explicit instruction in work skills that prepare our students to be employable upon completion of their studies. Within this program, there are opportunities for students to work on campus, participate in off-campus sites, and be a part of a successful student-run business, “Lunch 4 You.” Extra-curricular activities are a popular portion of most High School students’ busy days. School pride is evident in the number of students who are involved in sports teams, yearbook, Academic Bowl, Jr NAD, and the newly established Student Body Government. A sense of community and pride in accomplishments are commonplace at RSD, and directly influence the development of leadership and self-confidence in our High School students.

For assistance in applying to RSD, to arrange for a campus tour, or for general intake referral information, call 585-336-5854; 585-286-2806 (VP) or e-mail: [email protected].

About RSD

Rochester School for the Deaf is an inclusive, bilingual school where deaf and hard of hearing children and their families thrive in an extraordinarily rich Regents-level educational environment.

Since 1876, RSD—one of America’s premier private and tuition-free schools, has been successfully building futures for our students and their families.

Hallmarks of an RSD education include:

  • New York State Regents-level educational programs;
  • Direct communication through American Sign Language and English;
  • Highly skilled teaching and support staff professionals;
  • Inclusive, barrier-free approach to teaching and learning activities; and
  • Support to students and their families through a wide array of accessible services.
RSD strives to go above and beyond all expectations to provide deaf and hard of hearing children and their families with a level of quality educational programs, support services, and resources to effectively ensure a satisfying and successful kindergarten through 12th-grade school experience.