After School Program
The After School Program (ASP) at PSD strives to provide safe and structured activities for students during after-school hours. Activities will vary cycle to cycle depending on student interest, motivation and as needed. Cycles typically include several types of activities, varying between physical, educational, social and individual pursuits. The goal is for students develop social skills in a fun, recreational environment outside of school.
PSD provides snacks and transportation for all students involved. The program is provided in 3 cycles throughout the school year and is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Extended School Year Program
PSD provides an Extended School Year (ESY) program (20 days) in July and August for deaf and hard of hearing students up to age 21 who reside in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Our ESY program offers a range of programs that act as an extension to the traditional 180-day school year. ESY is a way to maintain progress when issues of regression and recoupment are considerable over school breaks. ESY services are determined by the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
With more than 24,000 items in our growing student collection, our library is an integral part of information, literacy, reading and student achievement. Students and staff can access a wide variety of print and non-print materials to support their individual interests and needs. We connect closely with classroom units to draw inspiration from student passion and curiosity, and curate resources that will both inspire and teach.
PSD hosts two book fairs per academic year through our partnerships with Scholastic, Inc., and Reading is Fundamental (RIF). Both campus and online campaigns yield free reading materials for our students.
Our state of the art computer work stations provide a comfortable environment for working and pursuing research. Access to Pennsylvania’s Power Library resources is available.
Our technology supports and enhances exciting educational experiences and is an avenue for instructional innovation. Students cultivate 21st century skills through technology integration and global learning.
Classrooms have interactive whiteboards and document cameras. Staff and students use digital video cameras to investigate and document content area topics, while laptop mobile labs and iPads are used to explore the world of ideas beyond school walls. Older students have individual email privileges. Regular workshops and training sessions on use and applications are scheduled throughout the school year.
PSD’s acceptable use policy includes the use of our PSD network, email system and internet. All teachers are provided PSD laptops for use at school and home.