Our Departments

Our focus is on the whole childWe offer a comprehensive educational program throughout  the continuum of learning from preschool through 12th grade, and beyond that through workforce transition programs. We are student centered. By building on the gifts, strengths, interests, and unique needs of each student, VSDB helps individual students maximize their potential and meet their personal goals. We are academically strong. Our course content meets the statewide standards of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and prepares students to succeed in higher education, in the workforce, and in their communities.

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Department for the Deaf

VSDB serves both residential and day students who are deaf/ hard of hearing or deafblind, including students with multiple disabilities.

With a whole child approach and a focus on individual student needs, VSDB prepares students for life.  VSDB’s Deaf Department values strong communication skills in both English and American Sign Language (ASL) which are integral components for communication on VSDB’s campus.    With a full-time licensed Audiologist available on campus, VSDB students may access support for any hearing technology, including hearing aids and Cochlear Implants.  Highly qualified Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing provide direct instruction to students using a bilingual model that encompasses English and ASL.  

A language-rich environment that supports the development of communication and literacy skills in both English and ASL are part of a comprehensive educational program throughout the continuum of learning from preschool through graduation.  Lessons are concept and language-based in order to expand students’   overall world knowledge that is so critical to learning.  Unique VSDB developed curriculums include but are not limited to Driver’s Education, Independent Living Skills, and Independent Living Apartments skills.  In addition, across all classes and grade levels, lessons and activities are interactive and experiential providing a strong foundation for enhanced learning. 

VSDB’s focus is to provide your child with knowledge and skills that allow them to reach their full potential and to be prepared for life after VSDB. 

Department for the Blind

VSDB prepares students for life! Our programs and services address the needs of the whole child with the goal of empowering each student to reach their fullest potential.  VSDB serves both residential and day students who are blind/visually impaired, or blind/visually impaired with other disabilities.  As part of their growth, it is vital for our students to meet and interact with successful teachers and staff who are also blind/visually impaired.  These professionals serve as role models and exemplify the skills and abilities of what is possible for each individual student.

VSDB’s learning environment combines unique academic benefits in a fully accessible educational setting. Instruction in Braille and the most current technology support students in the development of critical transition life skills. Curriculum that is specifically designed for students who are blind/vision impaired support daily living skills, functional academics, and workforce skills in preparation for effective transition into post-secondary education or employment.  Extracurricular activities and experiential learning opportunities are available to all students in the Blind Department.