The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) is a tuition free, non-profit school with high academic expectations. Founded in 1869, WPSD provides quality educational services and a complete extracurricular program to Deaf and hard-of-hearing children from birth through Grade 12. Serving over 300 students on campuses in Scranton, PA and Pittsburgh, we offer an all-inclusive language environment with the goal of fluency in both English and American Sign Language.
In combination with affiliated programs - The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children, The Hershey Children's Center, Camp Hill Outreach Center - we serve students from more than 135 school districts and 54 counties, making our programs the largest comprehensive center for deaf education in Pennsylvania.
The WPSD vision is for students to achieve at the same level as other children in society; to reach their highest potential in academics and citizenship; and to achieve independence, positive self-esteem and high personal aspirations.
WPSD offers an all inclusive communication/language environment. Communication needs are met on an individual basis with emphasis on fluency in both English and American Sign Language. Over 30% of our student population has Cochlear Implants.
The curriculum incorporates state and national standards. Mainstream opportunities are offered through a variety of local programs including the student's home school district, a local private elementary school and a public vocational training center. WPSD offers a complete after school program including a fully equipped fitness center, a variety of clubs and a comprehensive athletic program.
Our staff includes speech language pathologists, audiologists, a school psychologist, a communication teacher, an occupational/physical therapist, guidance counselors and an art therapist.WPSD provides support services as needed.
The Residential Program, open to students from preschool through 12th grade, is an integral part of WPSD. The residential staff provides care and guidance in a warm yet structured environment that includes clubs, social activities and athletic programs.
American Sign Language classes are offered on-campus to the community. Classes are also offered to the corporate community.
The Choices for Children parent-infant program provides early intervention services through home visits and on-campus activities to deaf and hard-of-hearing infants, toddlers and their families through agencies across Pennsylvania.