DHH Program Description
Greeley-Evans School District
6 guarantees access to quality education in a regional setting for Deaf and
Hard of Hearing students, from preschool through twelfth grade. The District 6
Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing serves a diverse student population
including deaf, hard of hearing and students with multiple challenges. On all
levels, students are involved with age appropriate peers, hearing, deaf and
hard of hearing students.
The District 6 Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is staffed by highly qualified teachers, specialists and educational assistants prepared to meet the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Using an integrated approach, developed in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), the education team seeks to maximize opportunities for developing student’s academic, intellectual, social and emotional growth while focusing on their unique strengths and abilities.
Language development and communication skills are the foundational blocks for this program on every level. The District 6 Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not endorse one communication method over another. We choose communication methodologies that best match a student’s needs. This includes spoken English, sign supported English and American Sign Language. We are equipped to meet the needs of students with cochlear implants (CIs) as well as students who use hearing aids and FM systems. We encourage the use of residual hearing and students receive related services designed to help them maximize the use of their CIs and hearing aids. We are also equipped to meet the needs of Deaf students without CIs or hearing aid devices.
Educational services may be accessed in the general education classroom setting or in a resource setting. Students are placed in classes based on the recommendations in their IEP. The education team meets on an ongoing basis to monitor a student's placement and progress to ensure success.
Our staff serve as Deaf and Hard of Hearing role models. We have on staff Teachers of the Deaf, Interpreters, Tutors and Educational Assistants, Speech and Language Specialists, a School Psychologist, an Audiologist and a School Counselor who are trained to work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
Preschool Program: Children with hearing aids and cochlear implants will learn side by side with District 6 students with typical hearing. A certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and, as necessary, a sign language interpreter provide classroom instruction. Classes are small (no larger than 10 children) to allow for individual attention and nurturing.
The Side by Side Program is open for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an interactive preschool experience. Enrollment is open to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children from District 6 and surrounding districts as well as children with typical hearing from District 6. Preschool age siblings of current Deaf and Hard of Hearing students may be excellent candidates for this program.
The program is designed to facilitate social and communication interaction between children with typical hearing and language development, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. This program utilizes the creative curiculum assessment for preschool outcomes. The side by side program emphasizes spoken language development and English listening skills as well as meeting the Colorado Preschool guidelines. Classes may be conducted in sign supported English.
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Program: Provides a rich linguistic environment with many opportunities for experiential language development. For children between the ages of three and six, hands and voices are used to assure that all students have full access to the wide array of information they need to develop to their potential - cognitively, socially, emotionally, and linguistically (develop listening, speech and sign language skills). A team approach with parental involvement is viewed as a priority so we offer support to aid parents with communication, behavior and socialization issues.
Language development is an integral part of all program curricula. It is uniquely combined with the Colorado State Standards for Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science, English/Language Arts, etc. In fact, all related subject areas including Art, Music, Dance, Orchestra, Band and Physical Education are also designed to enhance a language based program. Our students participate in the rigorous State of Colorado Education PARCC assessments.
High School: Greeley Central High School continues the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program for grades 9-12. The high school level offers the additional option of vocational classes and programs. The educational team work to develop a plan for each student to help them become a successful citizen in school and in the community.