About DePaul

About Us

Founded in 1908 by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech has been providing quality Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing for more than 100 years.

Throughout out history, we have seen children who are deaf and hard of hearing develop listening and spoken language skills that serve as the foundation for lifelong literacy and intellectual growth.

We embrace our responsibility in providing the best education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through the development of academic skills that ensure success in the educational and social transition.

DePaul School is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an Approved Private School. It is the policy of DePaul School to provide equal educational opportunities to all students who qualify for admission to the programs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ancestry or national origin.

Kids we teach: children (infants-8th grade) who are deaf/hard of hearing or have speech and language disorders (ex: apraxia)

Schedule: M, T, Th, F – 8:00am-3:15pm, Wednesdays from 8:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: The toddler program is tuition based. The preschool and elementary programs are tuition free; we are partially funded by the state. In addition to the funds we receive from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, DePaul School is responsible for raising a million dollars per year to keep our programs free.

Mission

Following the values and traditions of our founders, the mission of DePaul School for Hearing and Speech is to teach each child who is deaf or hard of hearing to listen, speak and learn. Our children enter the educational mainstream with the foundation to succeed.

Identity

Founded in 1908 by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech has been providing quality Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing for nearly 100 years. DePaul School is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an approved private school. It is the policy of DePaul School to provide equal educational opportunities to all students who qualify for admission to the programs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ancestry or national origin.

Values

DePaul School for Hearing and Speech carries out its commitment to Listening and Spoken Language education through our dedication to these core values:

Listening and Spoken Language Philosophy

We believe that children who are deaf and hard of hearing have the potential to develop listening and spoken language skills as the foundation for lifelong literacy and intellectual growth.

Respect for the Individual

We welcome children of all religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds in recognizing diversity as a strength in our community.

Family Participation

We value the participation of parents and all family members in their child’s education as we recognize the importance of their role as their child’s primary teacher.

Collaboration Beyond our Community

We engage professionals from the medical, educational, and philanthropic communities to enlist support and collaborate in an effort to provide quality auditory oral services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Academic Excellence

We embrace our responsibility in providing the best education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through the development of academic skills that ensure success in the educational and social mainstream.

Commitment to the Children We Serve

We demonstrate our commitment to the children we serve by providing a learning environment that fosters the spiritual, emotional, and personal growth of each child.

Support for the Educational Community

We support the development of a trusting and respectful educational community where children, their families, and the DePaul staff work together as partners in the educational process.

Innovative Use of Technology

We recognize the vital role of technology in providing state-of-the-art audiological and educational services throughout our school.

Encourage Life Long Learners

We encourage our staff to be life long learners and recognize that as their skills as educators grow, our ability to provide excellent educational services grow.

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