The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf provides a free educational setting on a beautiful 40-acre campus for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind students. ages Birth - 21 years of age.
MSAD believes in the ASL/English Bilingual philosophy, where licensed Deaf/Hard of Hearing teachers, who are fluent in both American Sign Langauge (ASL) and English provide instruction through the use of both social and academic language. MSAD recognizes that ASL is the most accessible language for our students and through the use of visual/spatial means, students are presented with clear, complete, and consistent access to linguistic and curricular information. Fluency in ASL provides a foundation of language knowledge and skills which supports students' access to developing skills in English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) allowing for greater growth in reading/writing proficiency and increasing academic success. MSAD's bilingual philosophy includes emphasis within Deaf culture, as well as supporting the multiple cultural identities of each individual child.
Individual Education Programs are designed for each student and implemented throughout the educational program in both school and residential settings.
The curriculum is designed to meet Minnesota State Standards while accommodating the needs of Deaf/Hard of Hearing students.
The residential program offers a nurturing environment which promotes opportunities for socialization among Deaf/Hard of Hearing peers.
Opportunities are provided and students are strongly encouraged to participate in a wealth of clubs, activities, athletic and co-curricular activities. Through the years, Trojan athletic programs have been synonymous with success and have received national recognition
Living Skills Training Centers within each dormitory provide space and facilities for students to practice life skills development. High School students participate in a semi-independent living program which challenges students to apply good decision-making skills and choices in order to prepare them for the transition to independence and adulthood.
Student Support Services
Student Support Service staff members take a holistic approach to promoting growth through a range of personalized services to students, their families, school districts and communities. Staff members fluent in American Sign Language provide services, including assessments, direct intervention and community resource partnerships that address learning, speech or spoken English, social-emotional, communication/language and transition needs.
The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf believes that family involvement is paramount to providing quality education for every student. The family is the first and most influential teacher in the life of a child, a fact of even greater significance to families of deaf children. We strive to involve families in the education of their children and in the improvement of the educational process.