Programs for Students with Hearing Impairments (HI Programs)

Special Education Department District programs are designed for students who have not exhibited success in a more inclusive setting.

Important Notice:

placement in any special education district classroom listed below must be determined by your child’s IEP team.  Please contact the Instructional Manager for the program if you have additional questions about placement or about a specific program.

The Hearing Impairment Services department provides support throughout the district to students who have been diagnosed with a hearing loss that impacts educational performance.  Services include Itinerant, or consultation in a student’s neighborhood school, to direct instruction in American Sign Language in one of the district specialized classrooms.

Itinerant services focus on supporting students who do not need direct instruction from a Teacher of the Deaf on a daily basis.  Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf provide instructional techniques and strategies to students and classroom staff, assist with IEP modifications and accommodations, and collaborate with the IEP team to ensure the individual needs of the students are being met in their neighborhood schools.

A concentration of services for students with hearing loss are provided at Hodgin Elementary School, McKinley Middle School, and Del Norte High School.  These classrooms have onsite Teachers of the Deaf, Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, and Sign Language Interpreters to support the unique communication, language, and educational needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. 

Placement within the Hearing Impairment Services must be determined by the student’s IEP team.  Please contact the Instructional Manager if you have any questions about services or consideration of placement in the specialized classrooms. 


Tracy Hutton

Instructional Manager

505-253-0310 ext. 67202 or 505-415-2524