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About OSD

Vision

Excellence for each student.

Mission

The Oregon School for the Deaf is a community that fosters lifelong learning, encouraging individuals to become self-fulfilled, productive citizens.

Philosophy Statement

All students enrolled at the Oregon School for the Deaf are entitled to the best education that our resources can provide. Each student is valued as a unique individual, to be treated with dignity, in an atmosphere where individual differences are accepted. We believe that each student can learn, and accept the challenge of providing a nurturing environment which allows each student to fulfill his/her potential. We endeavor to instill in all students the intrinsic value of learning.

Guiding Beliefs of Philosophy Statement

  • We set high standards for student achievement and work to provide the best education possible for each individual.

  • We foster a creative, motivating, barrier-free communication environment that recognizes and honors Deaf Culture, American Sign Language, and Deaf role models.

  • We provide instruction, model values, and demonstrate ethical behavior that will develop character and motivate our students to become enriched, empowered and involved citizens within their communities.

  • We cultivate a campus-wide respect for individual values and cultures. We cultivate a positive, safe environment for each student for learning, living, working and belonging and we recognize everyone who works at OSD as an educator.

  • We believe mutual support and involvement, and open and direct communication among staff, parents and students are critical elements to success.

  • We maintain campus-wide, fair and consistent discipline, thereby teaching our students responsibility.

  • We provide instruction, model values, and demonstrate ethical behavior that will develop character and motivate our students to become enriched, empowered and involved citizens within their communities. We are a safe community in which students feel a sense of belonging.

  • Our staff recognizes and promotes the importance of developing self-respect and our staff and students respect individual values and cultures.

  • We promote and support academic excellence and actualization of potential for staff and students.

  • We facilitate learning through communication; students have access to communication throughout campus. (ASL, speech, written and printed English) and provide opportunities for students to interact with deaf adults and peers.

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