Message from the Director

On behalf of our faculty, students, and school families, I welcome you to Rhode Island School for the Deaf. We hope that you find on our website the information you seek and the inspiration to learn more about this remarkable community of teachers and learners.

At RISD, we aspire to create a genuine community where everyone feels that they belong and where each person is challenged to grow and learn. Our students are bilingual learners. American Sign Language, the common language of most Deaf people in the US, is used along with spoken English in our various classrooms. Our Audiology Center staff provides services to thousands of children each year.

Located in the historic capitol city of Providence, this school has a long and rich story to share. Our new school building was constructed on the same site where hundreds of deaf and hard of hearing students have attended school through the years. This new facility provides students and their families with access to new technologies that enhance education and link students to the larger world.

Rhode Island School for the Deaf continues its proud heritage of educating preschool through high school students from many different communities, unique backgrounds, and neighborhoods across Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Linguistic and cultural diversity enrich our learning experience, as each student is valued, well known, and guided toward a successful entry into the larger community of learners.

Please come and visit.

Nancy Maguire Heath
Director