• Programs


    Learning does not stop when students leave the classroom each afternoon. Through the Residential Life Program, students develop skills in independent living, appearance and hygiene, leisure and recreation, social, health and safety. The Residential Life Program includes:


    After-School Tutoring
    The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind offers an extensive after-school tutoring program for all of its students. All residential students are required to attend a one-hour study hall and students who need extra help are provided an additional study hall designed to meet their specific needs. (Day students may attend both study halls if parents arrange transportation.)


    Study skills such as organization, note-taking, test preparation, time management, and prioritization skills are emphasized in after-school study halls. In addition, reinforcement for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals, math and reading drills, and the Pizza Hut BOOK IT reading incentive program are part of the required study hall. Priorities are set based on a student’s IEP goals and communication with classroom teachers.


    Independent Living Skills
    Independent living skills are an important part of the after-school program. Younger students learn personal hygiene and how to handle small chores such as putting toys and personal items away. Older students learn housekeeping, nutrition, food planning and preparation, the use of appliances, and money management.


    Students learn to care for themselves and live independently through the Hughston Transition Living Center. A residential teacher works with each student in a small group setting to prepare each one to function as independently as possible. The Independent Living Program tries to provide the student with success at their skill level by introducing a variety of adapted materials and tools such as cookbooks -- from pictorial recipes to simple print – and then completed cookbooks for higher level readers. Tools are provided to fit each student’s specific disability.


    Self-Advocacy and Character Education
    Students learn to speak up for themselves in meaningful, real life situations. A “can-do” spirit is fostered.


    Students are encouraged to make suggestions and complete interest inventories. Activities and learning opportunities are planned with the students and interests in mind.


    Students learn monthly character traits such as honesty, fairness, and sharing. They are encouraged to serve the community by visiting neighboring nursing homes and other organizations. High school students assist younger students with homework, bake cookies and share them, help others with projects, and participate in recreational activities with younger students.



    Clubs and Recreation
    Students may choose from a variety of clubs and recreation opportunities. These activities are part of the regular schedule:


    • Horseback riding through HALTER (Handicapped Athletes Learning To Enjoy Riding)
    • Tutorial Sessions
    • Music Club
    • Arts Club
    • Performing Arts
    • Dance Club
    • SIGNO/BINGO (SIGNO is Bingo played using American Sign Language)
    • Sports, Fitness, Weight Lifting
    • American Sign Language
    • Character Education Night
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Special Olympics Sports
    • Swimming
    • Socializing at Bock Center
    • Service Club
    • Cheerleader Club
    • Pet Therapy
    Special Events
    These special events occur on an annual basis or more frequently:


    • Fall Festival
    • Monthly Birthday Parties and Recognitions
    • Sertoma Shopping Events
    • Lions Club Party
    • Holiday Parties
    • Tippers’ Talent Show
    • School Pageants
    • Homecoming
    • Mason-Dixon Sports Tournaments
    • Goalball
    • Special Olympics Competitions
    • Prom
    • Graduation
    • Dormitory Field Trips


    Students may participate in sports teams including:


    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Goalball
    • Soccer
    • Special Olympics
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling