MSAD's middle school program consists of grades 6-8 and is located in Smith Hall. We offer a Bilingual (American Sign Language and English) approach to teaching. We serve all families with Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) children regardless of the degree of hearing loss or the family's choice of amplification.
Our classroom content follows the Minnesota State Standards and we have adopted textbooks that follow these standards as well as meet the unique learning styles of deaf students. Our students' academic day focuses on reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Students also rotate through enrichment classes including art and physical education on a quarterly basis. Related services such as speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and counseling are provided both in a pull out and push in format, as determined by each student's IEP. We offer a visual, hands-on approach to education and our classrooms are full of active learning.
The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf has a co-op relationship with Faribault Public School. If a student would like to take classes at Middle School, MSAD will coordinate schedules, interpreters, transportation, and accommodations. The ability to take classes at both MSAD and Faribault Public Schools is a worthwhile experience for many of out students.
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