The Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD) is a state school that offers a comprehensive education for students PreK through Grade 12 at no cost to their families. LSD provides instruction in a bi-lingual environment of American Sign Language and English. To be considered for admission to LSD, students must be deaf or hard-of-hearing between the ages of 3-21 and reside in the state of Louisiana. They must also qualify for admission.
Enrolling at the Louisiana School for the Deaf is possible by:
- Parental Application: At each IEP conference, parents have the right to review the choices of educational placements available to their child. Louisiana law (Act 433) empowers parents to choose between the program offered by their local school system and the program offered by LSD. Parents can apply directly to LSD at any time during the school year.
- State Department of Education (SDE) Referral: The local school system can refer a deaf/hard-of-hearing student to LSD through the SDE.
- LSD Evaluation: The local school system can refer a deaf/hard-of-hearing student to LSD for an evaluation by the Statewide Assessment Center for the Hearing Impaired/Visually Impaired (SWAC-HI/VI) to determine levels of performance and program needs. Evaluations include educational, audiological and communication assessments.
Contact: Dr. Nancy Benham, Director
Kathleen Carr, Admissions