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The High School at Illinois School for the Deaf is fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the North Central Association. The high school program provides a full range of academic, vocational and support services to meet the needs of each student. All teaching staff have degrees and are certified by the State of Illinois for teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Students are offered a variety of classes in standard, modified and developmental curricula. Some students choose classes that emphasize pre-vocational and vocational subjects. Others concentrate on academic curricula. Some students are partially mainstreamed through an agreement with Jacksonville School District #117. Individualization is an integral part of the program.


Students, parents and ISD staff are involved in the transition process to assist students with post-secondary education, employment and living arrangements. Programs and curricula work toward developing an awareness of career choices available to students upon completion of high school.


Students can participate in LEO Club, Public Speaking, Student Body Government, Academic Bowl, Junior Class, Senior Class, Teen Center Committee and Recreation Committee. Annual activities include: public speaking contests, Deaf Awareness Week, Homecoming, Reality Fair, Nestlé EPCOT Science Program and activities developed through the Jacksonville Police Department, to name a few.

There isn't enough room to list all the extracurricular activities, committees, awards and accomplishments of all of the high school staff in this article. Suffice it to say that the high school staff is an experienced, dedicated and talented group which endeavors to deliver the best education possible to the students.

Unique Programs Offered at High School

  • School-to-Work
  • STEP/CO-OP Program
  • Transition Services