Delaware Statewide Programs


for the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-Blind

630 E. Chestnut Hill Road
Newark, DE 19713
Voice:  302-454-2301
VP:  302-294-0759

Fax:  302-454-3493
Toll Free:  800-292-9590












  • New Teacher Orientation 8/13-8/15/14

  • Professional Development 8/18-8/21/14

  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for  K-12 students:  8/25/14

  • SCHOOL CLOSED for Labor Day 9/1/14

  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for FACES preschool program:  9/2/14

  • SCHOOL CLOSED for Professional Development 9/9/14

  • ASL Classes begin 9/11/14

  • DSD OPEN HOUSE!   Monday, 9/22/14





Saturday, August 23, 2014

For families of FACES Preschool (18 months-5-years) & DSD Elementary (K-5)

9:00-11:30am:  Classroom and Specialist visits

11:30am-12:30pm:  Presentation by Karen Putz, author of The Parenting Journey:  Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

12:30-1:30pm:  BBQ Lunch

RSVP:  (302) 454-2301 or email aaron.krasowitz@christina.k12.de.us      Please include number of family members (including children's ages), and ASL or Spanish interpreting needs.

Questions?                                                                                 Contact Laurie Kettle-Rivera (laurie.kettle-rivera@christina.k12.de.us),      Erin Fernsler (erin.fernsler@christina.k12.de.us) or call (302) 454-2301.

DSD's Accreditation Process

On May 4th-7th, representatives from the Conference on Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf visited DSD to determine the school's eligibility for re-accreditation.

1.       Congratulations Us! The team was especially impressed with our students – their thinking, linguistic skills and social skills were mentioned several times in conversations.  We have earned FULL ACCREDITATION!

To find out more, please check out the following:

DSD's School Success Plan

CEASD Standards


Summer Camp 2014 for all deaf or hard-of-hearing children (hearing Kids of Deaf Adults welcome)

Registration is CLOSED

June 23rd - June 26th:  High School (students going into 9th grade)

July 7th - July 10th:  Elementary (students going into Kindergarten - 3rd gr.)

July 14th - July 17th:  Middle School (students going into 4th - 8th grade)

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing children $75 (cost includes dorm and meals)

KODAs $55 (cost includes lunch/snack and morning workshops)

To pay online, please click the PayPal link below:

My child is:

“Paying for School”
Financial Aid Options That Can Help

                   Financial aid provides access and opportunity by:
                    *Assisting you to pay for the costs of a college education
                    *Helping to meet your “Financial Need”

Paying for School

FAFSA Parent Information

2014-15 FAFSA Worksheet

DSD Secondary Program Awarded for Increase in DCAS Scores!

Above: Members of DSD's Freshmen and Sophomore classes

On November 12, 2013, the School Board of the Christina School District awarded the Delaware School for the Deaf Secondary Program for    "Academic Excellence".  The award was given based on an increase in students' performance on the 2012-2013 DCAS (Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System).  When asked to identify factors that led to the increase in performance, School Leader Marianne Belsky stated "Our success is based on a few factors:  Our staff consistently reinforced to students that they could and would meet their target scores. Students were individually celebrated for each growth in scores. Most importantly, however is the students' progress in becoming balanced bilingual (ASL/English) young adults."

Delaware Statewide Programs congratulates DSD on this important achievement!

Has your family received family education services through FACES?

We are conducting a survey of parents/families of children with hearing loss enrolled, or previously enrolled, in the FACES Family Education Program.

Please complete the electronic survey online.

If you would like a paper survey, please contact Laurie Kettle-Rivera at kettle-riveral@christina.k12.de.us.

The information you provide will be used to help us review our programs and services.

Thank you!

Family Advocacy and Child Educational Services


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