ASL-English Dual Language Program
The Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the first public school to have district and state approval as a Dual Language program, qualifying students for the Seal of Biliteracy. Horace Mann School empowers students as Deaf individuals to be lifelong learners and innovative thinkers with diverse linguistic, ethnic, and cultural identities who are fluent in both American Sign Language and English.
Why Dual Language?Dual language education has been shown to be effective in developing language skills, literacy skills, and content area knowledge for children who are monolingual or bilingual. Deaf and hard of hearing children need access to linguistic environments that support the development of their full linguistic repertoire. A dual language program in ASL and English provides deaf and hard of hearing children with a solid and complete first language that can be leveraged for second language acquisition. In addition, by valuing both ASL and English, a dual language program also allows for children to develop strong identities and cultural competence across those identities.
The Vision for an ASL-English Dual Language Program at Horace Mann SchoolOur vision for dual language programming at Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to graduate students on grade level for reading and writing in English, and academic ASL through providing ASL as a common and shared language that all children in the school can access at all times. English will be accessed through its written, and if possible, its spoken modality, depending on the individual needs and abilities of the child in question.Read our Dual Language Program Proposal for more detailed research-based information about our program's structure, curriculum, instruction, assessment and accountability, family and community, staff quality and professional development, as well as support and resources.