Level: Elementary and Middle School (district-based programs)
Recommended Ratio: Elementary and Middle 8:1:2
Students in this program:
- meet the criteria to be identified as Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
- may use personal amplification and/or cochlear implants. Total communication is used; Phonic Ear is being phased out.
- are mainstreamed in general education classes for academic, social and vocational training, as appropriate.
- participate in all New York State regular grade-level assessments or the NYSAA. High school students in this program are eligible for the New York State Regents diploma, local high school diploma, CDOS credential and the SACC.
- are placed together regardless of their diploma or credential type, because the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students all have common language needs and can benefit from heterogeneous groupings.