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A Message From Principal Will Begley

I want to welcome you to the Kentucky School for the Deaf website! I am confident that you will find the information on this site useful and that you will learn more about what makes KSD a special place. It’s an exciting time to be a Colonel! We have many programs to offer students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission is to ensure every child is given the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential to become confident, self-supporting, independent, and have a rewarding future upon graduation as a productive member of society.

KSD provides several programs for Kentucky’s deaf and hard of hearing students. These include an Instructional program for students from kindergarten through the 12th grade, a Residential program that we call Student Life, and an Outreach program.

The Instructional program is a wonderful place for students from diverse backgrounds to grow educationally and emotionally, get involved, and have a meaningful educational experience. Our curriculum, course offerings, and extra-curricular offerings are student centered. We strive to create an environment where each and every student is given the attention necessary to achieve his/her individual success. The director of the instructional program is Soraya Matthews.

The Student Life program is also a wonderful place for students to live during their time at KSD. Depending on the distance students live from KSD, they may become residential students, or they may become day students who are transported daily to and from school. Dorm students normally arrive on campus on Sunday afternoons at 5:00 pm and leave on Fridays at 1:00 pm. The student life staff provides assistance with homework, plans activities after regular school hours, and provides supervision for students when they are not in classes. The director of the Student Life program is Billy Lange.

The Outreach program consists of two parts: Center-based and Regional programs. The center-based program provides student evaluations for deaf and hard of hearing students across Kentucky, an interpreting department and a family support program. The Center-based Outreach director is Wilton McMillan. The Regional program provides consultation and support services to schools across Kentucky who have deaf and hard of hearing students. The Regional Outreach director is Artie Grassman.

Please come visit our campus so you can learn more about what we have to offer. Our staff understands our high expectations and that is what makes us great! With the strategies in place, coupled with our passion and commitment; we will continue to make the KSD student a standout Kentucky graduate!



Will Begley



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