Supporting Students with Hearing Impairments in a Public School Setting
The EDCO Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a public school based program for middle and high school deaf and hard of hearing students and students with cochlear implants. The Program provides a full range of supports and services so that these students can succeed in the wide variety of classroom and extra curricular activities offered through the Newton Public Schools. Since its inception in 1973, the Program has provided students with an outstanding academic education using a comprehensive Total Communication philosophy including sign, speech, gesture, etc.
Students are offered an opportunity to learn in both integrated as well as self contained settings. Self-contained placements bring deaf and hard of hearing students together in small groups with a teacher of the deaf. Integrated classroom placements offer deaf and hearing students the opportunity to learn together in a mainstream classroom setting with the dual benefit of a public school teacher and a sign language interpreter. Students are also provided with continuous support services, including pre- and post- teaching, speech and language therapy, and counseling. EDCO students attend the full range of academic offerings at both the Day Middle School and Newton North High School.
In addition, students have access to all sports teams, clubs and activities available to Newton Public School students, and hearing students are offered a sign language class so that they can communicate with their peers. Students in the program participate in an EDCO sponsored Junior National Association of the Deaf Club and have been consistent winners in the annual Academic Bowl for Deaf Students. Approximately 95% of graduates from the EDCO Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing attend post- secondary schools.
For intake information, please contact:
Dr. Courtney Dunne
EDCO Program for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
457 Walnut St.
Newton, MA 02460
617-244-3401 – voice
617-244-2403 – TTY