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MSSD Welcomes Prospective Students with Open House

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Image: Open House visitors learn about MSSD's transition program.

Open House visitors learn about MSSD's transition program.

Image: Prospective students join a chemistry class.

Prospective students join a chemistry class.

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The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) is a residential high school that offers a tuition-free education for deaf and hard of hearing students from all around the country. On April 1, MSSD hosted prospective students and their families at an Open House. The 34 prospective students who attended came from 15 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The guests enjoyed a warm welcome from principal Mindi Failing, followed by an opportunity to join student-led groups for a tour of the school and student life programs. At each stop, students and families had an opportunity to both observe and ask questions in classrooms, resource rooms, recreational, athletic, and after school facilities, and dorms. After lunch, five MSSD student peer advisors gave an panel presentation. The students shared their personal experiences with issues such as homesickness, making friends, keeping in touch with family, off-campus privileges, teacher support, after-school activities, peer mentoring, and what they like best about MSSD.

Each prospective student then paired up with an MSSD student to join them for their final class of the day and a chance to ask individual questions. While the prospective students enjoyed time with their MSSD buddies, their families asked more questions of the student panel members and the principal.

We welcome prospective students and their families to attend our next Open House on Friday, May 6. If you would like to arrange a separate appointment to visit the school, please contact admissions coordinator Gary Hotto.