“An environment rich with cultures and languages”
Aloha, E Komo Mai! Hello, Welcome!
HSDB is an ASL-English bilingual school, where students learn to be competent in both ASL and English. Students receive direct instruction from their teachers in American Sign Language (ASL). Students and staff communicate directly with each other, without the need for an interpreter. Our bilingual campus helps students grow up to be independent, proud, self-assured, and comfortable with both Deaf culture and hearing culture. We offer parents the opportunity to learn ASL – on campus, online, and on neighboring islands – to help them better communicate with their child.
With the majority of our students being either Hawai’ian or from the Pacific islands, we also teach our students about Hawai’ian culture – the history, dance, food, language, and more. We want our students to be proud not only of their Deaf culture but also their heritage.
Education at HSDB is FREE to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing. We have four distinct schools on our campus – Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. Admission to all four schools is by referral from the student’s local school district with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Parents should contact the principal or special education director at their local school to begin the transfer process to HSDB.
HSDB also provides a FREE residential program on campus for students from neighbor islands. When space permits, we also allow students residing in Oahu, who live far from campus, to also reside on campus. Residential students arrive on campus Sunday evenings and depart for home after school on Friday afternoons. For neighbor island students, HSDB pays for the cost of airfare, ground transportation, and dinner. HSDB staff escort students to the airport and, if necessary, on the plane to and from home (for students 12 years old and younger). The residential program is only available for students eight years old or older who are able to be independent and follow dormitory rules/procedures.
HSDB follows Hawai’i’s Common Core standards and graduation requirements. Additionally, HSDB teachers are expected to be highly qualified in their subject area.