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Education Program

The campus-based program at the Montana School for the Deaf & Blind provides an education for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired children that is equivalent to the education provided to hearing and sighted students in the public schools. The program serves children and youth from infancy through age 21 and prepares them to lead independent lives to whatever degree they are able.

Educating Children as Individuals

Education at MSDB is tailored to each student's unique needs. The student works with a team to develop an Individual Education Program (IEP). Parents, teachers, specialists, a school administrator and a representative from the local district where the student resides make a decision about appropriate placement for the child on a yearly basis.

Inclusion Opportunities

Some students may take their classes and/or participate in extracurricular activities at MSDB, Great Falls Public Schools, or a combination thereof. MSDB provides sign language interpreters for deaf students attending public schools and support specialists for blind students. MSDB is conveniently located across the street from Lewis and Clark Elementary School and East Middle School, and a mile from Great Falls High School.

A Specialized Staff

MSDB maintains a staff of highly skilled and experienced teachers and specialists trained to meet the specific educational needs of deaf and blind students. The staff includes a full-time school psychologist, physical therapist, orientation and mobility specialist, speech pathologist, communications technician, occupational therapist, two audiologists, and a team of sign language interpreters. To learn more about these services, click here to visit the Support Services page.

For more specific information on deaf education  at MSDB, visit the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing page.

Click here for more information on MSDB’s Department for the Visually Impaired.

Transition from School to Life

Transition from high school to post-secondary education, technical training, or employment is an important aspect of education for students with vision or hearing loss. For information on MSDB’s Transition Program, please click here.

MSDB as a Component of Montana’s Educational System

The School’s general education program is as outlined in the Montana School Accreditation Standards and Procedures Manual. MSDB is a member of the Golden Triangle Curriculum Consortium.

The Montana School for the Deaf & Blind complies with all provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  In providing educational opportunities, programs and services to eligible students under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, MSDB does not discriminate on the basis of gender.

The school received full accreditation from three organizations in 2006: the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), and the National Accrediting Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC).

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