Youth Programs

Academic Bowl
The Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School students was established with the goal of fostering the pursuit of academic excellence, promoting a spirit of academic competition and sportsmanship, and providing social opportunities for the development of collegiality and lifelong friendships.

Every year, Gallaudet University hosts five Regional competitions for up to 90 teams of Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students. 24 teams will then advance to the National competition held at Gallaudet every year. For more information, see Academic Bowl.
Battle of the Books
The purpose of the Battle of the Books is to promote literacy among deaf and hard of hearing middle school students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking skills among middle school students. 

There are three groups in the competition. The groups consist of students who read at the second/third grade levels, fourth/fifth grade levels, and the sixth grade and above levels. For more information, see Battle of the Books.

Summer Youth Programs

Our Summer Youth Programs are designed for high school students up to the age of 19. Our programs provide stimulating summer learning and experiential opportunities that blend excitement, education, and enjoyment in a bilingual environment rich in cultural diversity and located just minutes away from the U.S. Capitol.

Discover Your Future Designed for deaf and hard of hearing students who want to learn more about themselves, their skills, and potential careers. Students will also explore what vibrant Washington, D.C. has to offer. 

Immerse Into ASL! A great opportunity for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing high school students to learn American Sign Language (ASL) or expand their ASL skills. Three different course levels are offered. 

Young Scholars Program: Exploring the Sciences
Designed for deaf and hard of hearing students entering ninth through twelfth grades who will explore chemistry, genetics, and neuroscience during the camp.

Young Scholars Program: r/Evolutionary Stages! Designed for deaf and hard of hearing thespians, students will learn about the various parts of a theater production and get an opportunity to create their own production.

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