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Bilingual-Bicultural

The Wisconsin School for the Deaf follows a Bilingual-Bicultural (BiBi) approach to educate children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Students utilize and are immersed in two languages –American Sign Language (ASL) and English (in both spoken and written forms). Our belief is that students who are deaf and hard of hearing and educated in this model will become fluent and maintain fluency in both languages and be contributing members of their communities.

In practice, the campus environment is one where communication is visually accessible to promote incidental learning and encourage effortless discourse. Students learn English through reading and writing as well as through participation in speech and language therapy both inside and outside the classroom. We are proud of our curriculum and our academic program. We maintain a strong commitment to the belief that children who are deaf can and will achieve academic success at grade level.