There are many ways I appreciate having my children at Texas School for the Deaf. I appreciate the fact that TSD follows bilingual philosophy (ASL and written English) and that my children can speak ASL with their teachers and their classmates. My children get 100% visual access to their education, in their language.
The school has a good teacher to student ratio, however, at least in the elementary school too many of the teachers do not currently meet the standards for TX and the No Child Left Behind law. The teachers are given three years to meet the standards. This may be good for the teachers, but it does not help the students. Also recently there was a serious situation involving the police at the school, and the communication with parents was sorely lacking. We found out about the situation via Facebook when it was posted on a news Facebook wall. That should never have happened. One other concern is that the children are not held to high standards. Even in the upper elementary grades a student can earn a 100 as a grade just for trying, but that's not how life works. Our children in the public schools must earn their grades; they are not given grades based solely on the fact that they tried. I would like to see the children at this school held to the same standards as children in the AISD schools.
The elementary school has had issues with bullying. They have started a character education group for at least some of the elementary students. I hope this will be a positive change for the school and students. The leadership at the school needs to keep moving the school in a forward direction instead of hanging on to how things were done in the past.
Hello! Texas School for the Deaf is amazing! The teacher is wonderful. My daughter is behind due to Michigan School for the Deaf didn't bother to teach her and worse of all, she was in the dorm so I couldn't help her. Now TSD is helping her and working very hard to get her to catch up before we know it, she will make it just fine all because of TSD. The TSD staffs are wonderful and very positive. They are like family. I have other daughter is in middle school. They protected her even though she did not report, but other students saw the bullies picking on my girl so they reported it and amazing staffs took care of it right away. I am so blessed with this school. They have strong school leaderships, excellent teachers, principal, and challenging academic programs. I am so wowwed by this!
Heck, Texas School for the Deaf is in the top 4 best deaf schools in America! The best schools are: Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD), and California- Fremont School for the Deaf (CSDF)! TSD is a great school with good quailities. Gallaudet give schloraships to top HS students, and every student in high school get a laptop. We use the newest Apple iMac's for each computer lab. TSD provides 4 different departments-- Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Special Needs Department. There's 2 differences between SND and other departments. SND's students are more like wheelchairs, mentally retarded, need help. The other department are perfectly fine. They are same as the hearing kids, intellegince level the same, but only thing that is a difference is that they dont hear. You got a problem with that? TSD is amazingly good!
Everyone shows spirit by yelling in the hallways and being loud at sporting events. The school even takes buses of children to games. Everyone is very social. Everyone has t-mobile sidekicks and ipods with really loud bass. The buzzer in the gym is too loud!
this is a good school for deaf kids. although the middle school is horrible. sports are horrible. academics are horrible. it does not prepare you for high school. and it is very cliquy. the teachers doesnt respect the kids AT ALL. the social status is horrible in the middle school. but the high school is wonderful, it offers ACC classes, its easy to social here, the classes are great, the teachers are great. the prinpical is great. and the fancy thing... we all get laptops! it offers tutoring, homework halls, practice, and many more. the sports are very good, for a such small school.