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Principal's Message



                                                                              From the West Virginia School for the Deaf



Welcome to our school! In many ways we are not different than any other school in WV, or the US. Although our approach and the make–up of

our students and staff is unique. We are a community of learners committed to being the center for deaf education in the state of West Virginia. Our approach is through American Sign   Language (ASL)/English education for our students. We believe that   communication is the key to all learning, whether deaf or hard of hearing.  Our goal is to ensure that students are productive members of society   and focused on becoming career and college-ready by the time they graduate from our school.

With ASL/English methodology in all classrooms, increasing our technology infrastructure, and utilizing professional learning communities to focus on analyzing student data to improve our instruction we are charting that pathway for success.

All our classes address the WV Next Generation Standards. We have numerous athletic teams, clubs and other extracurricular activities. But we are also a unique place. Students here are taught by teachers and coached by coaches who know ASL. Students are free to interact via ASL with staff and students in academic, vocational, social or athletic interactions. This affords them many opportunities to develop leadership skills, to interact with their peers, and to fully participate in all school activities.

I am very proud of the work that has been accomplished and looking forward to our future success as we move forward in our endeavors. Come and visit us, I’d love to share our school with you!                                                                       



                                                                                                                                                     Michael J. Coleman

                Lion Mascot                                                                                                               Principal







Phone: 304-822-4860