High School Program
Established in 1927
St. Mary’s School for the Deaf High School was the first academic high school for the deaf
in the United States.
About the High School
The Secondary Department includes a High School program from grades 9 -12.
Our HS is fully accredited by the New York State Education Department, which grants
our students Regents, Local or IEP diplomas.
SMSD's HS program serves students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or functionally deaf,
as well as those with communication disorders.
SMSD offers a rigorous academic curriculum provided by dually certified teachers. We also offer
vocational preparation, life skills instruction, and special classes for alternative learners.
Our High School program offers a full range of English Language Arts, Math, Science
and Social Studies classes. Additionally, we offer “specials” that include -
but are not limited to - computer technology, art, home economics,
physical education, drama, journalism, graphic design and deaf studies.
For alternative learners, we offer a full array of modified academic classes, blended with
What Makes Us Unique
St. Mary’s School for the Deaf offers a language rich environment by providing students
the necessary tools to think, learn and communicate through Total Communication.
Total Communication, an educational philosophy that embraces all methods of
communication including amplification,(hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive technology),
speech and auditory training, sign language, speechreading, voice/spoken English,
written English and visual imagery. This approach affords all our students 100% communication
access. All classes are taught by NYS certified teachers who follow this Total Communication
philosophy, and therefore interact directly with students. SMSD works collaboratively with over
35 school districts in Western New York to provide mainstreaming opportunities for our students
when appropriate. We have an extensive computer lab and state-of-the-art electronic
publishing capabilities. Our Special Needs Achievement Program (SNAP) for multiply disabled
students provides classes which blend basic academics with language development and life skills.
We offer a comprehensive, in-depth summer school program which includes
Extra Curricular Activities
Leadership skill development through
Junior National Association for the Deaf(Jr. NAD)
Boys & Girls Athletics
Students compete against local high school programs
and other schools for the deaf throughout the Eastern United States.
Secondary Department Facilities
Main Building Assembly Hall
Student lounge for student meetings and dining
Modern all-purpose computer lab with
electronic publishing capabilities
Culinary Arts Program kitchen and banquet room
Technologically equipped classrooms with Internet accessibility
Well equipped speech-language therapy
classrooms with state of the art technology
Newest assistive communication devices