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North Carolina School for the Deaf

Established in 1893, the North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD), is a day/residential facility for the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.  It is located on a beautiful and historic 160 acre campus in Morganton NC.  The Acting Director of the facility is Seth P. Hunt, Jr.

NCSD is dually accredited by the Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf (CEASD):  an organization of executive heads of educational programs for hearing impaired students in the United States and Canada (and) by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS):  a regional committee under the National Study of Schools.

NCSD provides a residential option for students who prefer to stay on campus.  Students in grades K-5 are housed in Rankin Hall dormitory.  Male and female students in grades 6 through 12 are housed in the newly renovated, state of the art Main Building, one of the oldest and most historic buildings on campus.

Residential students are transported to NCSD on Sunday afternoons/evenings and transported back home on Fridays after school.  

Various after-school programs are offered to students in order to develop intellectual, social, physical, communication and emotional skills.  Residential Life Staff plan a variety of activites that compliment the educational program.

Main Building
Services available at NCSD:
  • Accessible Communication programming for all students
  • Audiological assessments and management
  • Behavior Modification Programs
  • Counseling Services
  • Cultural environment and heritage

  • Cultural environment and heritage
  • Dual enrollment with Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College
  • Expertise in deafness by staff
  • Extended School Year Program
  • Foreign Exchange Program

  • Homebound Services
  • Interpreting Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Remediation and Tutoring
  • Transition Services
  • Transportation Services

  • Vocational Education and Rehabilitation
  • Work experience opportunities during and after school day
  • Special Needs Education
  • Speech-Language Therapy

Elementary School Program

The elementary program serves grades K through 4 and is housed in Rankin Hall. The school provides Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Guidance Counseling, Speech/Language Therapy, and Audiology.  Rankin Hall has a library, computer lab, gym and cafeteria. The North Carolina Standard Course of Study is used to instruct students in all areas.

Because of the importance of language development and communcation skills among deaf and hard of hearing students, language labs including reading/writing, speech, and sign language instruction are also emphasized.  In addition to regular classroom instruction, teachers plan drama, art, music and library classes.

Our after school program is open to the residential and day students. The program frequently works with local community services programs to provide opportunities in a variety of settings. The students have the chance to learn  about pet care with cats, visit local historical sites: participate in the Morganton Recreation Department's sports programs (soccer, football, gymnastics and dance); and attend captioned movies at local theaters. The students enjoy bowling, ice skating, roller skating, swimming, dining in restaurants and off campus picnics. We also have a therapeutic recreation/student development department that plans events for after school hours.  

Middle School

The middle school program at NCSD is housed in Jeter Hall and serves students from grades 6 through 8.  The middle school program provides instruction to students in a full curriculum which follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  Academically gifted students have the opportunity to take courses for part of the school day at the local public school in Burke County.

Media Room High School

The high school program is housed in Hoey Building and serves students from grades 9-12.  The NCSD high school program provides instruction to students in a full curriculum that follows the NC standard course of study and a career/work program.  Course requirements match those identified by the NC Department of Instruction as well as additnal electives and courses in language arts. The high school program offers a vigorous and challenging curriculum while giving students the diploma options of Career Prep, College Tech Prep, College/University Prep and Occupational Course of Study.  The high school also provides students with opportunities to gain marketable skills by increasing knowledge and employability in the workforce.  Extra-curricular activities include football, volleyball, basketball, softball, and track. Students are also involved in clubs/activities such as Student Body Government, Junior National Association for the Deaf, and Close-Up. 

For more information please contact:
North Carolina School for the Deaf
517 Fleming Dr.
Morganton NC  28655
Phone (828) 432-5200 Voice/TTY
Fax: (828) 433-4044

Last updated June 4, 2008

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