About VSDB

Welcome from the Superintendent

Hello! My name is Pat Fahed Trice, and I am the Superintendent of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB). VSDB serves as the hub of expertise in Virginia for the education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired, deafblind, and blind or deaf with other disabilities. At VSDB, we are passionate about educating the whole child and empowering students to GROW, DO, and BECOME all that they can be!

Who We Are

About Us

The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind provides a superior education for students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired, deafblind, and deaf or blind with other disabilities. Our welcoming, fully-accessible learning environment fosters self-confident students who are contributing citizens and life-long learners.

At VSDB, students share equal experiences and challenges and, often for the first time, feel equal to their peers, make friends, and become leaders. At no cost to families, our comprehensive, state-aligned education programs serve students from birth through 21 or until they “age out” of Special Education Services. We offer PreK-12 education with both residential and day options.

VSDB’s multi-year high school program expands on the traditional four-year high school program to provide students access to a full array of transition services that prepares them for life after graduation. Established in 1839, VSDB is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is accredited by AdvancEd under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

Grow.

At VSDB, we focus on the “whole child.” Our programs and services support academic, social, emotional, vocational, and independent life skill development. All students have opportunities to engage in unique and innovative hands-on learning experiences in and beyond the classroom. The result: students reach their potential for independence and success in life beyond graduation.

Do.

Interactive educational and social experiences encourage students to reach their greatest potential in a safe, positive, and fully-accessible learning environment. Learning extends beyond the classroom into sports, social activities, clubs, and other extracurricular activities. The result: students gain confidence, build well-founded self-esteem, and develop crucial life skills.

Become.

Students build their capacity at VSDB and leave with confidence in themselves and a greater sense of self-worth. Peer and adult role models encourage them to establish their own identity and independence. The result: our graduates succeed in post-secondary education, in the workforce, and in their communities.

Mission

Our mission is to provide educational and residential services that promote:

Value for each person and their unique abilities

Success in meeting each student’s academic goals

Diversity in instruction to meet the needs of all students

Building opportunities that foster expertise in technology and its integration, communication, and achievement for all staff and students and their families.

Vision

VSDB provides an environment that fosters self-confident students who are contributing citizens and lifelong learners and serves as a resource of excellence for the communities of Virginia who serve students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired, deaf-blind, or sensory impaired with other disabilities.

VSDB Leadership

Headshot of Pat Fahed Trice the superintendent

Pat Trice

Superintendent

pat.trice@vsdb.k12.va.us

540-332-9000

Lindsay Burris

Lindsay Burris

Principal

Lindsay.Burris@vsdb.k12.va.us

540-332-9014

Headshot of Becky Watson the director of student life

Becky Watson

Director of Student life

becky.watson@vsdb.k12.va.us

540-332-9046

Frequently
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Thank you for your interest in VSDB. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions should you have further questions.
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How many students are in the typical classroom?

A typical classroom size consists of approximately five students.

How do students enroll at VSDB?

Families are welcome to contact VSDB if they are interested in their student attending. VSDB will work with families to obtain a required referral through their local school systems. Once a referral is made, VSDB works closely with the school division and family to complete the admissions process. Upon receipt of a completed application packet, VSDB will schedule an admissions interview with the family, the student, and any other interested parties to gather information and answer any questions in order to ensure that VSDB is the most appropriate educational placement for the student.

How does the Special Education process work at VSDB?

VSDB strives to support family engagement while students are enrolled at VSDB. Parents may call at any time to speak to their child whether during school or after school hours. Deaf students have access to videophones to support communication and both school and residential staff will assist students in making and receiving calls as necessary.

How can parents keep in touch with their child during the week?

VSDB strives to support family engagement while students are enrolled at VSDB. Parents may call at any time to speak to their child whether during school or after school hours. Deaf students have access to videophones to support communication and both school and residential staff will assist students in making and receiving calls as necessary.