The Bilingual/Bicultural Philosophy provides language acquistion and facilitates proficiency in two languages, American Sign Language (ASL) and English. By providing an enriched academic and cultural learning environment, our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students develop a sense of identity within the Deaf community. Students also develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function effectively with members of a multicultural, diversified community.

Early Childhood Education

The ECE preschool and Pre-K program provide a bilingual learning environment for natural language acquisition and to develop proficiency in ASL, English and pre-academic skills. Students learn through structured play which builds pathways for thinking, creativity, flexibility, empathy and many life-long skills.


8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Friday


Elementary offers curricula under the Indiana Department of Education Proficiency Standards with emphasis on linguistic and cognitive skills with real world applications. Elementary at ISD comprises the Kindergarten through fifth grades. American Sign Language (ASL) is the language of instruction. The curricula encompass American Sign Language, language arts (ESL and Literacy), mathematics, science, social studies, arts, physical education, computer lab, drama, communication, and social skills.

All students have 90 minutes of uninterrupted Bilingual Language Arts (BLA). BLA primarily emphasizes reading and grammar skills. The Language Arts program follows the Process Balanced Literacy Model. Our program uses two forms of assessments. Fry Sight Words Assessments and A-Z reading levels.


8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Friday

Middle School

The Middle School comprises the sixth through the eighth grades. The curricula encompasses Language Arts (English & Reading), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, ASL and Deaf Studies, Physical Education and Health, as well as quarterly class rotations. It utilizes technology, especially computers, as productivity tools. There are seven class periods per day.


Block Schedule Coming Soon

High School

Our High School comprises the ninth through the twelfth grades. The curricula encompass English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Career and Technical Education, and School to Work opportunities. At Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) high school students participate in the development of their transition plan to be better prepared for their future endeavors.


Block Schedule Coming Soon

To schedule an educational tour:

Shannon Crawford, New Student Coordinator

Voice: 317-550-4858

Videophone: 317-493-0479


Educational placement at ISD is a case conference committee decision determined through the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process initiated by the local school district, also known as the Local Education Agency (LEA).