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Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.
Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.
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Welcome to The Willie Ross School for the Deaf

From Robert Carter, President and CEO
Robert Carter
Robert Carter
Our school was founded in 1967 by parents who sought to establish an innovative program for their child. Their focus was on academic excellence and educational achievement. They also wished to have a program that would demonstrate the benefits of deaf and hard-of-hearing children learning alongside hearing children. The community at The Willie Ross School for the Deaf is a proud heir to that legacy. We are constantly striving to maintain an instructional environment that meets the needs of our students. The Willie Ross School for the Deaf offers an array of instructional environments and communication methods that address the unique and individual strengths and challenges of each of our students. In educating a deaf child we recognize that deaf children learn differently than hearing…

Our school was founded in 1967 by parents who sought to establish an innovative program for their child. Their focus was on academic excellence and educational achievement. They also wished to have a program that would demonstrate the benefits of deaf and hard-of-hearing children learning alongside hearing children.

The community at The Willie Ross School for the Deaf is a proud heir to that legacy. We are constantly striving to maintain an instructional environment that meets the needs of our students. The Willie Ross School for the Deaf offers an array of instructional environments and communication methods that address the unique and individual strengths and challenges of each of our students.

In educating a deaf child we recognize that deaf children learn differently than hearing children. We accept children for who they are and work, on an individualized basis, to prepare them for life success.

We have developed a dual-campus program that recognizes the historic contribution of the center-based campus and the need for mainstreaming opportunities. Our Partnership Campus, located within the East Longmeadow Public Schools, allows Willie Ross students to be selectively mainstreamed with hearing peers in their grade.

We encourage you to visit our Longmeadow main campus and our Partnership Campus, embedded in the East Longmeadow school system, and learn more about our Outreach Division and related service offerings. The communications approaches used by the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, as well as the approaches of our founding parents, recognize the value and unique needs of each of our students. We offer choices to meet those needs leading to educational success, one child at a time.

Announcements

Join us in Celebrating our 50th Anniversary

Language Acquisition and Learning in Deaf Children Conference
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Baystate Education Center, Holyoke. For details and registration go to learn.eventsair.com 

Summer Community Celebration
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Greenwood Park in Longmeadow. Stay tuned for details. 

50th Anniversary Gala
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Stay tuned for details. 

Latest News

June 3, 2016
A comprehensive bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, which will reform education for deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind…
Posted by:
Robert (Bert) Carter

Total Communication

We employ a Total Communication approach in our school programs. Individual communication needs of each student are based on comprehensive and ongoing assessment.  WRSD utilizes American Sign Language, spoken and written English, spoken English in combination with sign support as well as any and all augmentative communication tools deemed appropriate by the child’s IEP team.

From Facebook Follow

Posted on: May 26, 2017 |
Field Day 2017 is in the books for the younger students! Because of the rain, we did everything inside. Lots of fun was had by all!
Posted on: May 26, 2017 |
Last week, we took another group of students to Universal Technical Institute in Norwood. They learned about what the program had to offer and enjoyed seeing the inner parts of a car as well as some fancy cars!
Posted on: May 23, 2017 |
We have three new positions that we are looking to fill for a new program we are starting in July 2017. Please consider the job descriptions below and share away! Program Coordinator: This position is a full-time / f…
Posted on: May 21, 2017 |
Congratulations Karen Hogg and Bonnie Katusich on your graduation today from Bay Path University!!! Both are receiving their Masters Degrees!!!