Our Programs – Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Holy Trinity School for the Deaf is a state approved facility serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Located on Chicago’s near West Side, this school is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s only school for pre-school through eighth grade Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. As a matter of fact this is the only Catholic School in the state of Illinois for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. It is part of Children of Peace School and Notre Dame de Chicago Parish. Hundreds of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students have attended school here since 1957.

PHILOSOPHY

Our philosophy is Total Communication. It helps the Deaf and Hard of Hearing children learn to live in both the Deaf and hearing worlds. The program allows for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who are capable of learning in a regular education classroom be placed with their hearing peers. Should a student need interpreting services, they will be provided. The students are individually evaluated and placed in the best learning environment for their needs. We believe any child can learn when he/she is in the most appropriate placement that will allow the student to reach their fullest potential.

THE PROGRAM

The educational program for our students is complete. Each child is exposed to every curriculum area with a strong emphasis on language and reading. Based on their abilities, students are placed in one of three classroom environments: self contained, mainstreamed, and inclusive classroom. Self contained classrooms consist of solely of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Mainstreamed students are placed in hearing classrooms for subjects that fit their ability level. The inclusive classroom is a setting in which Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are placed in a hearing classroom for a full day of learning. Total Communication incorporates the use of sign language, finger spelling, speech, lip-reading, and auditory training. Each child has the opportunity for individual speech lessons. We offer a continuum of services that includes speech, resource and interpreting. Due to these types of emphasis, religion becomes meaningful when the child begins to understand the language needed to comprehend religious truth.

SERVICES OFFERED

  • Total Communication Philosophy
  • Full curriculum content
  • Continuum of service: speech, resource, interpreting
  • Latest computer hardware/software
  • Phonic FM systems
  • Knowledgeable staff in the use of cochlear implants, programmable and other types of hearing aids.
  • Low teacher to student ratio with qualified, caring and certified teachers
  • Open and regular communication between parents and teachers
  • Parent Support Group

Meet the Staff of Our Deaf Program