The Department of Instruction at Tennessee School for the Deaf has three campuses across the state of Tennessee. Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) located in Knoxville, Tennessee School for the Deaf Nashville (TSDN) located in Nashville, and West Tennessee School for the Deaf (WTSD) located in Jackson. TSD Knoxville has one elementary school, grades K-6, and one upper school, grades 7-12. TSD also has a toddler learning program and a preschool program. TSDN serves students in grades PK-2. WTSD services students in grades PK-6. Many students from WTSD and TSDN will transfer to TSD Knoxville beginning their seventh grade year.
The Department of Instruction has a wonderful group of faculty and staff across the state that include principals, assistant principals, teachers, teaching assistants, clerical staff, ASL specialists, transitional counselors, speech and language pathologists, school counselors, psychologists, and instructional coaches. These educators ensure that our students learn both inside and outside the classroom, through clubs, athletics, and academic completions.
We believe in "whatever it takes" and it shows in the classroom. Our teachers base their curriculum on the Tennessee State Standards, plus we support strong Language development using a bilingual approach. We use a number of resources to compliment what we teach and the way the students learn. We encourage our students to explore their talents so they are empowered by choosing a career or having post-secondary opportunities upon graduation.