Career Quarterly 2/2007 Issue

AT SEQUOIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING I CAN DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN - Except Hear

Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearings’ (SSDHH) Principal, Curt Radford, and Superintendent, Angel Ramos, are on a mission to send Deaf and hard of hearing kids to college, play sports, reach out to the community and become well rounded and well educated adults. Their unique bilingual-bicultural approach to Deaf education at the three SSDHH campuses in Peoria, Phoenix and Mesa, is empowering K-12 students with the knowledge that they can do everything – except hear.

 

According to Superintendent Ramos, all SSDHH classes are taught using both English and American Sign Language (ASL). Students who master both become more productive adults in the hearing and Deaf world. 

Many hearing students also sign due to the ASL classes offered to everyone -including Parents. Students also have the option of taking classes with their hearing peers.

 

At SSDHH we don’t say IF you go to college, we say, YOU WILL go to 
College!” said Principal Radford.  

 

When SSDHH students reach High School they have the unique opportunity to attend college for free through SDHH’s dual credit program. Students can enroll in either on campus or online college courses and earn both college and High School credit at the same time. SDHH pays for students’ college tuition and books as long as they maintain a C average.

 

To teach the importance of giving back to the community, SSDHH recently started the worlds first Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) organization for Deaf and hard of hearing students! JOOI will help involve students in community service; provide leadership training skills; a positive alternative to negative influences; and helps kids learn about teamwork and self-esteem.

 

As new members of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) and a new gym being built at the Mesa campus, SSDHH students will soon be able to compete in sports such as basketball and volleyball against other Deaf schools.

 
The combination of an excellent education and athletic program is sure to meet the needs of even more parents and their children,” said SSDHH 
Superintendent Ramos. 

 

To learn more about SSDHH and how we can meet the needs of your child, call (480) 461-3200 ext: 2209, or visit www.ssdhh.edkey.org.

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