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Summer School 2017

Application Deadline: May 12, 2017
Check In: Sunday, July  9th (5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.)
Classes Held: Monday—Friday (8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Dates: July 10—21, 2017

 MSAD Summer Program Goals

  • Improve student expressive and receptive language skills through formal academic instruction in English through reading and writing.
  • Improve student expressive and receptive sign language skills through interaction in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Increase student skills required to pass the state exams in Reading, Writing and/or Mathematics (Grades 8-12)
  • Encourage participation in leadership activities with deaf and hard of hearing peers

 Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction
For students in grades K-7, a theme-based curriculum addresses expressive and receptive language development. Instruction is presented in American Sign Language as well as spoken and written English. Students are given opportunities to learn and improve their language skills through direct instruction, hands-on activities, social interaction and the use of technology. Licensed teachers implement instruction using appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet individual student needs.

Students in grades 8-12 receive instruction in various test taking strategies that have proven to be successful. Reading classes provide individual and small group instruction with strategies for literal and inferential reading of factual information. Mathematics classes focus on problem-solving using various math strategies. Instruction for the written composition test addresses the essential elements of composition which include responding to a prompt, prewriting, drafting and editing.

The Residential/After School Program
The Residential/After School Program is designed to enhance student opportunities to interact with peers, improving communication and social skills. Students are exposed to various daily living skills using hands-on activities. Some activities may include swimming, games, sports, captioned movies, picnics and field trips. Day students are encouraged to participate in these activities as a part of the summer program.

Faculty and Staff
All MSAD teachers are licensed to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and have advanced sign language skills. MSAD dormitory staff members are well qualified and assist students with home living skills throughout the week. Our nutrition department provides daily meals and can address special dietary concerns for individual students as needed. MSAD provides a staff of professionally licensed nurses in the health clinic on campus.

Parents are responsible for transporting their student. The student’s local school district may provide transportation as a part of the IEP. Parents need to contact their local school district directly to make these arrangements.

How to Apply
To apply, please complete the application and return it as soon as possible. Applications accepted on a first come, first served basis. A current IEP must be included with applications for non-MSAD students. After May 12th, applications will be considered if space is available and student needs can be met. 

For additional information contact:

Jody Olson, Program Coordinator
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
615 Olof Hanson Drive
Faribault, Minnesota 55021-5330
800-657-3996 or 507-384-6618
507-412-5198 (Video Phone)