Arkansas School for the Deaf

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Arkansas School for the Deaf
Parnell Hall.JPG
2400 West Markham Street

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United States
Coordinates34°45′9″N 92°17′53″W / 34.75250°N 92.29806°W / 34.75250; -92.29806Coordinates: 34°45′9″N 92°17′53″W / 34.75250°N 92.29806°W / 34.75250; -92.29806
TypePublic/Deaf, Schools for the Deaf, State School
Founded1850; 171 years ago (1850)
School districtArkansas School for the Deaf
SuperintendentJanet Dickinson
PrincipalRayburn Boland
Enrollment129 (district) (2010–11)
Student to teacher ratio4.03
Campus40 acres (16 ha)
Color(s)  Blue
Athletics conferenceGPSD and AACS
SportsFootball, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheer
Team nameArkansas School for the Deaf Leopards
AffiliationsArkansas Association of the Deaf (AAD)
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Founded in 1850, the Arkansas School for the Deaf (ASD) is a state-run public school in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, serving deaf and hard of hearing students through residential, day school, and part-time enrollment programs. The school offers preschool through high school, and is affiliated with the Arkansas Association of the Deaf (AAD) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

The school is located near the Arkansas School for the Blind (ASB) and both are administered by a five-member panel known as the Board of Trustees ASB-ASD.


Located within the same 40 acre campus are the following schools:

  • Arkansas School for the Deaf High School—serves students in grades 9 through 12. The high school has been accredited by AdvancED since 1979.[1]
  • Arkansas School for the Deaf Middle School—serves students in grades 6 through 8.
  • Arkansas School for the Deaf Elementary School—serves students in prekindergarten through grade 5. The elementary school is accredited by AdvancED since 1979.[2]


The Leopards are members of the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) and two different athletic conferences:

  • The Great Plains Schools for the Deaf (GPSD) and,
  • The Arkansas Association of Christian Schools (AACS).

The ASD Leopards compete in football, volleyball, cheer, basketball, soccer and Special Olympics. Throughout its history, ASD has competed against other Arkansas public and private schools administered by the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA).

ASD won a state basketball championship in 1949.

Clubs and traditions[edit]

ASD students participate in a variety of clubs and organizations including Junior National Association of the Deaf, SkillsUSA, Journalism, Optimism, Yearbook Staff, National Science Fair Competition, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Student Council and Singing Fingers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Institution Summary, Arkansas High School for the Deaf". AdvancED. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Institution Summary, Arkansas School for the Deaf Elementary School". AdvancED. Retrieved 22 December 2012.

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