A view of the front of the school with two trees on a Fall day is shown. One tree has lost most leaves while the other trees’ leaves are all yellow. The angle of the shot is looking up as we see many pillars of the building’s architectural style and a partly cloudy blue sky.

About Us:

St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf (SFDS) is a privately owned, state supported school for Deaf students from birth through 8th grade located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. SFDS offers a Parent Infant Program (Ages 0-3), an Early Childhood Program (Ages 3-5) and a School Age Program (Grades K-8). Students attending SFDS are Deaf, Deafblind, Functionally Deaf and Deaf with Additional/Multiple Disabilities including Deaf with Autism and Deaf with Intellectual Disabilities.

SFDS utilizes best practices from current research in Deaf Education. We are a communicative, language and literacy rich environment.

Meet Our Executive Director

Meet Our Board of Directors

Mission Statement:

The mission of St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Brooklyn is to educate the whole child utilizing best practices through a multimodal – multilingual communication approach in an inclusive, barrier-free environment so that each student develops academically, linguisticallyphysically, socially and emotionally. We focus on students’ strengths and support them achieving their goals as independent readers, writers and communicators.

Core Values: 


Language & Communication Rights, Independence, Accessibility, Inclusivity, Research Based Practices & Asset Based Model

Communication Modalities

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