Mission: To provide successful educational experiences for children and their families by uniting the best practices of early childhood education and oral deaf education, and to promote clinical research and training in child language and literacy.
Founded in 1999, The River School meets a significant and otherwise unaddressed need in the greater Washington, DC, area: to provide high-quality, intensive, early education services that enable young children with hearing loss to learn, grow, and develop alongside their hearing peers. For infants and families to fully benefit from early identification and hearing technology, it is crucial that they receive timely, intense, and high-quality intervention. It is The River School's goal to provide appropriate educational and therapeutic support so that children with hearing loss can achieve age-appropriate speech and language skills and return to their neighborhood schools where they may succeed with no or minimal supports.
Over the last nine years, The River School has grown its enrollment from ten to 240 children. The River School model is designed to enable students with hearing loss to achieve age-appropriate language skills in a protected environment so that they can return to their neighborhood schools where they may succeed with no or minimal supports and, ultimately, become contributing members of society. In the school as a whole, most children with hearing loss close the gap between their language levels and their chronological age within a three-year intervention period. The River School monitors and evaluates students' gains in language acquisition by conducting clinical research in child language and literacy and by paying careful attention to documenting children's progress over time.
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