Thank you for your interest in the educational programs offered by The Austine School for the Deaf, a co-educational, residential/day program servicing children and young adults from the ages of 3 through 21 who have an educationally significant degree of hearing loss or use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary expressive language. The Austine School provides a bilingual/bicultural (ASL/English) community for Deaf and hard of hearing students who communicate most effectively through ASL.
We are open to students from any state, not just Vermont. We are proud of our programs and hope that you will find them appropriate and beneficial for your child. Families are encouraged to visit the program for which they are applying and are welcome to spend a day or two as program participants. During their visit, families can tour the program facility, observe classes and meet students and staff members.
Students must be referred by their local education agency (LEA) and meet our eligibility criteria before being accepted. The admissions process is a coordinated effort involving the parents and child, the LEA and the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Admissions to all of our programs are on a rolling basis.
Applications for admissions may be requested from the Director of Admissions and Family Contact. Once an application has been received and all supporting documentation collected, the process of evaluating a child for admission into a Vermont Center program will occur via a multidisciplinary team meeting. The team decision will follow and is based upon the child's educational needs, communication needs and independent skill levels.
Upon acceptance, and Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be scheduled with the child's local education agency representative and all applicable team members.
For more information about The Austine School for the Deaf, The William Center Behavior Program or the the Deaf-Autism Program or to make a referral please contact Director of Admissions & Family Contact Kris Lemire