20th 2009
Rocky Mountain Deaf School Seeking to Build on Special Record of Success

Posted under Denver & Elementary School & Independence Institute & Innovation and Reform & Middle School & Parents & Preschool & Public Charter Schools & School Choice & Teachers

Yesterday a couple of my Education Policy Center friends had the privilege of visiting a local charter school with a special program to serve a particular group of kids with special needs: Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS).

RMDS is located in Jefferson County, but about half of its 61 students live in surrounding districts. That’s a sign of a school having success connecting with deaf and hearing-impaired kids and improving their learning horizons.

The RMDS vision statement highlights the clear focus and special status of the school:

As a high performing, innovative educational program for students who are deaf, we are deeply committed to providing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum. We prepare each deaf student to be literate, academically successful, and technologically competent. We provide a linguistically rich learning environment through the acquisition of American Sign Language and English both inside and outside the classroom.

Through strong collaboration with parents, the deaf community, the educational research community, the school community, and the business community, we are a model of best practices and an exemplary resource in the field of Deaf Education both nationally and internationally.

Now in its second decade of operation, RMDS is in its fourth location: a converted storefront on the west side of the Denver metro area. As its parents and leaders consider adding a high school to the preschool through eighth grade already served, the school has begun a capital campaign to raise money for a facility designed to better suit their students’ needs. If you know of anyone who can help, I’m sure they would appreciate it.

Just in case you don’t believe me about how well this school knows how to bring out the best in deaf students, then you should take a look at the book Deaf Education in America, written by RMDS executive director Dr. Janet Dickinson (formerly Cerney).

I wish them all the best of success!

(For all your Colorado school options, check out School Choice for Kids!)

PS: I forgot to say that I now wish to learn sign language so I can talk with the kids at RMDS!


3 Responses to “Rocky Mountain Deaf School Seeking to Build on Special Record of Success”

  1. Kay Bohan on 29 May 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Jason Grilli, Pitcher for The Colorado Rockies and his wife Danielle will be making a special appearance to greet guests prior to Saturday’s game at The Mount Vernon Country Club on May 30, 2009 for “The Signs Of Summer” Community Benefit. OPIE GONE BAD will be providing the afternoon entertainment. Jefferson County Sheriff and the Lakewood Police Crime Lab will be on hand to remind everyone of Summer Safety. The Lakewood Police Crime Lab will offer complimentary DNA sample collections for the children & CSI activities. Mount Vernon Country Club & Jason Grilli have teamed up to host the benefit and help The Rocky Mountain Deaf School in their efforts to build a permanent school in the Denver Metro area.
    Date: May 30, 2009
    Time: 11:00 A.M-3:00 P.M (Jason Grilli 11:00-1:00)
    Where: Mount Vernon Country Club 24933 Clubhouse Circle Golden Co 80401
    If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Linda McFarlin Mount Vernon Country Club 303-526-3135 Direct or Kay Bohan 303-6670-3570

  2. Ed is Watching » In Denver Area? Learn Sign Language at Rocky Mountain Deaf School on 06 Oct 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    [...] in learning American Sign Language (ASL), but not exactly sure where to get started? Our friends at the Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS) (just around the corner from my friends at the Independence Institute) wanted me to let you know [...]

  3. rosie on 02 Feb 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    Have you heard of the book Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy? It’s a nominee for Best Children’s Picture Book and soon to be released as a DVD including sign language interpretation for the deaf. The DVD is fantastic and truly a novel concept. You can contact me at to review this DVD if you have interest Thank you, Rosie

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