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MSD Mission Statement

The Maryland School for the Deaf, a diverse, bilingual community,
in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary
education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to
ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become
responsible lifelong learners.

Approved by the Board of Trustees
February 11, 2011

MSD Belief Statement

At Maryland School for the Deaf, we believe:

  • Our students learn best in a bilingual environment in which American Sign Language and English are used.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
  • Students have a right to a safe, caring, and engaging learning environment.
  • Early and ongoing language acquisition is vital.
  • Students are challenged to achieve their highest academic and career potential.
  • Quality education and open communication is a shared responsibility between the school, its students, their families, and the community.
  • Ongoing parent education and access to resources and services are essential to student success.
  • Students learn in a variety of ways and have opportunities to grow and access services that support their learning styles.
  • Diversity is valued and increases students’ understanding and respect of different people and cultures.
  • Cross-curricular literacy instruction is essential to student success.
  • Our students develop academic and social behaviors through systematic application of evidence-based strategies. 
  • Access to and competency with current technology is essential for student learning.
  • Student life and extracurricular activities promote wellness and personal growth.

Approved by the Board of Trustees
May 20, 2011

Profile of Graduates

The Maryland School for the Deaf graduate will be empowered to demonstrate competency in:
Foundational Knowledge and Skills by-

  • Employing skills in literacy and signacy  
  • Thinking critically and solving problems 
  • Thinking creatively  
  • Seeking and retrieving resources for self-advocacy
  • Understanding their rights as deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Understanding the components of a  healthy life style
  • Possessing independent living skills
  • Using and employing technology efficiently and effectively
  • Developing a career plan and goals 
  • Meeting  or exceeding state standards, achieving IEP goals, and passing appropriate assessments

Language and Communication Skills  by-

  • Using American Sign Language  and English language effectively
  • Demonstrating effective communication skills in a variety of settings
  • Demonstrating active listening skills
  • Using effective conversational skills

Individual and Community Awareness by-

  • Understanding  their personal  identity
  • Possessing knowledge about the Deaf community and Deaf heritage
  • Possessing knowledge about the community-at-large
  • Practicing open-mindedness and sensitivity to diversity, various communication modes, and different perspectives
  • Respecting  individual differences

Personal Qualities by-

  • Demonstrating  positive self-esteem and confidence
  • Setting and meeting  goals
  • Striving  for personal excellence and wellness
  • Possessing  a strong work ethic
  • Respecting others
  • Understanding and using  social etiquette
  • Adapting in a variety of situations
  • Being a team player
  • Contributing to the community
  • Valuing  lifelong learning

Approved by the Board of Trustees
May 20, 2011

MSD Profile

  • Cost: Free to Maryland residents
  • Students (Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12): approximately 400
  • New state-of-the-art Elementary School/Family Education Complex entirely conceived, designed, and constructed for maximal education and communication access for deaf and hard of hearing children
  • Family Education and Early Childhood Department (children birth to age 5 and families): 91
  • Family Education and Early Childhood Department students who have cochlear implants: 32%
  • Day Students: 66%
  • Residential Students: 34%
  • Percent of MSD graduates who go on to college: 70% or more
  • Average classroom student-to-teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Videophones: accessible in every building to facilitate communication among families, students, teachers, and staff
  • Computers in classrooms and labs: 1 for every 1.75 students
  • Interactive whiteboards and projectors: at least 1 in every classroom and lab
  • Registered Nurse on duty 24/7 when students are on campus