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Central Institute For The Deaf

Preschool | 170 students

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Posted October 13, 2012

We moved over 2000 miles for my daughter to attend Central Institute for the Deaf. Every single staff member from the janitor to the principal is amazing. They are dedicated, professional and have the skills and expertise to teach children who are deaf. Last year my daughter made nearly two years worth of progress in language and reading (according to her standardized testing) which never could have happened at her old school. Thanks CID!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2007

Central Institute for the Deaf has been a true blessing for our son who is profoundly deaf. The teacher to student ratio is often near 1:1. The level of skill and experience of all teachers, parent educators, audiologists and other staff is remarkable. The personal attention and care for the students is unmatched. There is a strong individual assessment and curricular plan for each student. Our son has learned an incredible amount in his time at CID, and has expanded his reflective and expressive language immensely. We are proud and thankful for the opportunity to attend CID.
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Posted April 18, 2005

CID has been simply amazing. The curriculum combined stung emphasis not only on speech and language development, but also on pre-academic and socialization skills as well. The teaching staff is incredibly talented and dedicated. Because of the structure they are able to focus on the development and progress of each child as an individual. The audiology team is also top-notch and being onsite they were able to quickly adjust to any device related issues and ensured our child has the best map for his development. CID also went out of their way to work with the school district where our son was mainstreaming and helped identify and address some sensor integration issues as well. CID is about what's best overall for each child, not just the speech and language development.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 74%
Black 23% 17%
Two or more races 9% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Hispanic 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Speech and language impairments

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Lynda Berkowitz and Barb Lanfer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Nonsectarian
  • CEC
Fax number
  • (314) 977-0023


Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Speech and language impairments


Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • We encourage parents to be fully involved with our teachers, speech therapists and audiologists as an integral member of their child's educational team. all nursery school classrooms have one-way observation rooms for parents. we offer regular social and educational opportunities for parents and families. the cid parent organization also sponsors events and activities.
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  • We turn no eligible child with a hearing impairment away for financial reasons. On-site school counselor, pediatric audiology, speech-language pathology and occupational therapy 4-1 student-teacher ratio Free loaner hearing aid program SmartBoard in every primary classroom Preschool peer program Staff are faculty in the deaf education/audiology programs at Washington University School of Medicine.
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825 South Taylor Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
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Phone: (314) 977-0132


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