VIRGINIA J. BROWNING PRIMARY SCHOOL
If you’re a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing 5- to 12-year-old working below potential in a general education setting, you’re not alone.
One question parents of students who didn’t attend CID often ask is: “My child has made it through preschool, kindergarten and even first grade in regular schools. Why is she struggling now?” Most often, this happens as academic subjects become more difficult and the gap between students with typical hearing and students with hearing loss becomes more evident.
Just having a cochlear implant or hearing aid and being in class with students who are speaking will not magically teach a child who is deaf or hard of hearing to speak well, read or do math. In the CID Virginia J. Browning Primary School, we group students by ability to maximize progress in every subject and to help each student work to his or her full potential. Our creative and talented teachers are specially trained and have many years of experience helping children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to talk and develop listening, language and speech along with skills in all academic areas—from reading and literature to math, science and social studies.
CID uses much of the same academic curriculum used in general education schools throughout the U.S. We offer a diverse and challenging educational program emphasizing small class sizes, individualized instruction and a hands-on approach to learning. Included in our curriculum are classes and special activities in art, physical education, music, study skills and social skills. Our goal is to educate the whole child.
CID teachers, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists are committed to a team approach. Parents are an integral part of the team. Families move to St. Louis so their children can attend, and we do not take this commitment lightly.
Wherever you live, if your child is not working to his or her potential and you need help, please call me today or use the GET STARTED link and we will call you.
I look forward to meeting you and your child.
Virginia J. Browning Primary School
CID – Central Institute for the Deaf