Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Deaf / Hard of Hearing Program (DHH) is geared to providing comprehensive and appropriate special education services, in the least restrictive environment, to the district’s children, age preschool through grade 12 (or age 21), who have a hearing impairment. 
    DHH students at Highline Public Schools provides communication skill development and content area instruction for students aged 3 to 21 in the Greater Seattle Area including: 
    • Educational services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students preschool through high school
    • Different placement options based on DHH students’ unique needs including general education classes with interpreters to self-contained classes taught by teachers of the deaf
    • Staff trained and experienced in working with DHH students
    • Teachers with certification in special education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
    • Sign Language Interpreters
    • Signing paraprofessionals
    • Audiologist on-site to support FM systems, hearing aids, cochlear implants and do annual hearing assessments
    • Speech and language therapists
    • Development of communication in American Sign Language
    • Post-high school transition learning including college prep classes and career exploration internships in the community
    • Relationships with community agencies/organizations serving the deaf
    • Exposure to both Deaf and Hearing cultures
    • Regional participation in gatherings of deaf peers
    • Presentations by Deaf professionals and community members
    • Participation in all school events
    • Family involvement based on interest
    • Informational nights for families
    • Lending library of sign language videos and books on deafness
    Highline has a regional program serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students from Highline, Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Vashon Island, Tahoma and other surrounding school districts.
    View pictures of our wonderful deaf and hard of hearing students in the photo gallery below. Curse over pictures to see the caption.