Preschool/Primary School

WE ARE PROUD TO BE THE ONLY DEDICATED SCHOOL IN INDIANA FOCUSING ON EARLY LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE EDUCATION FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN

St Joseph Institute provides children ages three to eight the opportunity to develop their own voice, develop spoken language, and succeed in school and in life. It’s a scenario many parents can’t imagine when they first learn their child is deaf or hard of hearing. But scenarios of success, accomplishment and outright joy occur at our school every day!
Accredited by Indiana Paths to Quality, classroom programs run Monday – Friday 8:15 am to 2:45 pm. Our students receive daily individual speech, language, and auditory therapy from our specialized speech-language pathologists, and expand what they are leaning into the classroom with their specialized teachers. We also offer Audiology, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy as part of our curriculum. Parents and school district partners are welcomed into therapy sessions to grow together in the process. We are most successful as a team!
St. Joseph Institute partners with Indiana school districts and our curriculum is based in Indiana Foundations and Standards. Our goal is to “close the language gap” and return students to their local school no later than 1st Grade with language and academic levels that match their hearing peers.
St. Joseph Institute’s preschool and early elementary programs are focused on the development of the whole child. Classrooms incorporate hands-on learning experiences and play-based curriculum that layers rich auditory and language-focused goals into everything from singing, to play housekeeping, to block construction, to sensory table investigation. We support children as they learn to communicate and play together, build pre-academic skills, and advocate for themselves.

sample schedule

8:15-9:00 – Center play and amplification check
9:00- 9:30 – Circle time – Calendar, weather, singing
9:30-10:00 – Group snack / language
10:00-10:30 – Group language / learning activities
10:30-11:00 – Recess – Gross motor skills
11:00 -11:30 – Lunch
11:30-12:00 – Storytime / literacy
12:00-1:00 – Nap
1:15-1:45 – Center play / Gross and fine motor
1:45-2:15 – Group language experience
2:15-2:45 – Wrap up – Dismissal
The goal of our primary classroom is to prepare students for transition to a mainstream classroom with the ability to compete with their hearing peers socially and academically. Our first focus is to develop auditory skills and self-advocacy for auditory access. This strong foundation allows children to develop complex language, phonological awareness, and Tier 2/3 vocabulary. These language skills form the basis for higher-level thinking skills and essential educational proficiencies, such as inferencing/predicting, developing working memory, cognitive flexibility, initiation, and inhibition. Our curriculum is integrated with Indiana Academic standards in literacy, science, social studies, and math.

sample schedule

8:15-8:35 – Morning Work, Amplification Check
8:35-8:55 – Morning Meeting
8:55-9:30 – Interactive Reading Lesson/Shared Reading/Word Work
9:30-10:30 – Guided Reading and Literacy Stations
10:30-11:00 – Writer’s Workshop
11:00 -11:30 – Recess
11:35-11:50 – Read Aloud
11:50-12:20 – Lunch
12:20-1:30 – Math
1:30-2:25 – Science/Social Studies/Language
2:25-2:45 – Wrap Up – Dismissal

School Year resources

Important guides for caregivers and school districts will be added here as needed. Check back for updated copies or added resources.

2021-2022 Student Calendar – Print-friendly PDF

2021-2022 SJI-I Parent Handbook (password protected – password is provided to caregivers. If you’ve lost your password, please contact the school.)

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf – Indianapolis is hosting virtual Parent Education classes for all current SJI families. Click here for more information.

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