Blended Auditory/Oral and Total Communication Program
Families of students from birth through 3 years of age receive multidisciplinary services to assist in their choices regarding preferred communication mode. Parents receive support from a DHH Certified Early Intervention Teacher during school-based sessions, within their natural home environment and within the community, including assistance in provision of a stimulating and language-rich environment for their children.
Families are also given the opportunity to learn from each other and share their first educational experiences during Family Support Group Sessions facilitated by the DHH Program School Psychologist. Staff who specialize in infant and toddler development assist families of students who experience additional developmental delays (i.e. Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist, School Psychologist, ASL Specialist, Audiologist).
Parents and students prepare for future educational placements through visitations to prospective classrooms and programs, including the Auditory/Oral Preschool Program at Conant Elementary and the Total Communication Preschool Program at Fox Hills.
Total Communication Program
The Fox Hills DHH Certified Early Childhood Teacher follows the Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten with students ages 3 through 5 years of age. Students experience stimulating, language-rich learning in a safe and exciting environment. As they play, grow, and learn, all children are supported and their unique characteristics are embraced to encourage maximum communication development.
Classroom sessions run Monday through Friday following the BHS calendar from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and include ASL instruction, speech therapy, field trips, family involvement and strong language/communication based activities. Play is also a very important part of the day.
The Fox Hills DHH Preschool is a place where hands and voices are used to assure that all students have full access to the wide array of information they need to develop to their full potential cognitively, socially, linguistically and emotionally. After graduating from preschool, these students move-up to the Kindergarten through Fourth Grade program at Eastover Elementary.
The Conant Preschool Teachers are Highly Qualified DHH Teachers with additional Early Childhood endorsements. These teachers follow the Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten and provide instruction via speech, listening, auditory training, Visual Phonics, and lipreading strategies. Their classroom paraeducators model the same. The DHH Counselor provides weekly group activities relevant to social skills development. The Speech and Language Pathologist assists with progress monitoring of each students’ individualized communication goals and objectives and maintains frequent contact with local Cochlear Implant Centers. Soundfield amplification systems, as well as, FM systems synched with the students’ personal hearing aids or cochlear implants are utilized on a daily basis.
Students who need additional time or support in development of their language skills continue instruction within the Kindergarten through Fourth Grade DHH Program at Conant Elementary. Students who achieve and maintain language development at their age level frequently return to their Resident District for elementary education.
In addition to Conant Preschool, hard of hearing students attend Conant Elementary for Kindergarten through Fourth Grade classes.
The Auditory Oral Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students at Conant learn language through experiences in a natural way through science experiments, cooking activities, research projects and literacy lessons. Natural inquiry about the world promotes discovery of patterns, weather, animals, mechanical gears and more! Students enjoy mainstreamed educational opportunites within the Conant general education community through gym, art, music, and academic classes.
Family nights throughout the year provide opportunities for interactions with staff, families and students, family learning activities, and family social networking.
Total Communication Program
Eastover DHH teachers are Highly Qualified in the field of Deafness and work together to advance their students’ language development, socialization skills and academic achievement. Each classroom is a cohesive environment that supports independent learning opportunities with individualized student emphasis on differentiation. Teachers follow the general education curriculum by utilizing a variety of research based learning strategies such as balanced literacy which includes guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, story signing, guided writing, shared writing, independent writing and working with word patterns.
Authentic reading and writing experiences are of primary importance in this language-intensive program, so the teachers and paraeducators create opportunities for these experiences on a daily basis. Saxon Math and Everyday Math are examples of mathematics teaching materials. Lucy Calkin’s Writers Workshop and 6+1 Character Traits are examples of writing materials. Technology helps the teachers and students achieve their goals. Each classroom has a Promethean board with computer attachment that provides interactive lessons. Students utilize a document camera to share their work and teachers use the same to read books, play educational games, and create interactive paper lessons.
School-wide building initiatives at Eastover Elementary include Visible Thinking and Sustainability of our Earth. The entire Eastover Community maintains a garden on campus with regular field trips to the BHS Nature Center and Bower’s Academy (school farm) to engage in educational activities related to these two initiatives.
East Hills Middle School Deaf and hard of hearing students work with a DHH Certified Teacher who meets the Highly Qualified standards for middle school instruction. This teacher follows the National Common Core Curriculum and the extended Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (eGLCEs). Classroom communication strategies include speech, audition, lipreading, and amplification support. Teacher, students, and the Speech and Language Pathologist learn new vocabulary with the assistance of Visual Phonics. The Audiologist maintains functioning soundfield support, FM systems and assists families with personal hearing aid and cochlear implant care.
Within the DHH classroom 5th through 8th grade Deaf and hard of hearing students learn together through hands-on academic lessons. Their teacher differentiates instruction and works individually with each student for reading, writing and mathematics by arranging a number of rotating workshops within the classroom. Language, vocabulary and grammar lessons are integrated into every lesson throughout the day. This language-rich environment fosters confidence for each student to comfortably communicate and express their ideas. In addition to classroom instruction, the DHH teacher collaborates on a daily basis with the general education teachers and counselors within East Hills Middle School. After completion of 8th grade at EHMS, the Deaf and hard of hearing students move-up to Bloomfield Hills High School for 9th through 12th grade. BHHS is a blended Auditory/Oral and Total Communication Program. Prior to 8th grade graduation, the students complete several visits to BHHS to ease their transitional worries.
Total Communication Program
Students within the East Hills Middle School program work with two DHH certified teachers who are Highly Qualified for middle school instruction. Both teachers follow the National Common Core Curriculum and the extended Michigan Grade Level Content Expecations (eGLCEs).
Fifth Grade students follow a schedule separate from the Sixth through Eighth Grade students in the building. They attend elective classes, select academic classes, lunch and recess with their 5th grade peers. Their core academic classes are located on a hallway that is off-limits to the older middle school students.
Sixth through Eighth Grade students attend elective classes and select academics with their grade level peers on other hallways within EHMS. DHH teachers provide instruction in core academic classes or academic reinforcement of mainstream class materials (i.e. test-taking assistance, repeat explanation of new/difficult concepts). Sign Language Interpreters who are Highly Qualified and Registered with the State assist the students with communication within classrooms and throughout the school building, including after-school sports and activities.
The Speech and Language Pathologists helps students maintain communication goals identified by their IEP teams. The ASL Specialist continues to monitor and assist with conversational proficiency, as well as, introduction of Deaf Culture information. Occupational and Physical Therapists assist students / consult with staff when needed.
All Deaf and hard of hearing students at EHMS have the opportunity to participate with their general education peers in a variety of before and after school activities. These activities include sports, clubs, school plays and musicals. All students who attend EHMS for 5th Grade participate in a camping experience each fall. All 8th grade students study United States History throughout the year and culminate their learning with a class trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring.
After completing 8th Grade, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students move up to Lahser High School with the remainder of their general education peers. Bloomfield Hills High School provides a blended Auditory/Oral and Total Communication Program. Prior to 8th grade graduation, each student visits BHHS on a few occasions to help ease their transition.
Blended Auditory/Oral and Total Communication Program
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center Program housed at Bloomfield Hills High School within the Bloomfield Hills School District offers programming for students 9th through 12th grade. The program services students from the various school districts in Oakland County. Students enrolled in the DHH Program take courses leading to a high school diploma or a certificate of completion. Scheduling and programming for students is individualized to enhance each student’s learning experience. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department offers courses in the core curriculum which includes Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies. Elective classes are available in the mainstream or within the Deaf Ed Department. Students also have the opportunity to participate in general education courses with Sign Language interpreters for communication assistance.
BHHS offers a range of learning experiences for all students. The Deaf or hard of hearing student may also choose to participate in the large array of unique opportunities offered throughout the Bloomfield Hills School District. These include the Bower’s School Farm, Model High School and the Oakland Technical Center.
All teachers and the counselor in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program are Highly Qualified and Certified to teach Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. In addition, all education interpreters are EIPA certified. We are ever growing and changing to meet Michigan’s graduation requirements and the needs of our students.
Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OTC)
OTC offers a unique environment that provides the best structure for some of our students to receive the technical, academic and workplace skills necessary to pursue their career pathway.
The two OTC capmuses for Bloomfield Hills Students include the Royal Oak and the Pontiac locations, which also provide career technical education for high school students throughout Oakland County. Students enrolled at OTC spend part of their day studying at their school and the other part actively involved in one of several career clusters at OTC.
OTC’s educational and training opportunities are structured within offerings called clusters. These clusters are developed around broad occupational areas and contain many different, but related, career training options for students. The clusters are:
- Biotechnology and Environmental Science
- Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology
- Construction Technology
- Culinary Arts/Hospitality
- Engineering/Emerging Technologies
- Health Sciences
- Transportation Technology
- Visual Imaging Technology
The use of the cluster concept allows students at OTC to obtain the highest level of curriculum while meeting the needs of a diverse population of students, all while maintaining the highest level of quality education.