Welcome to St. Joseph's School for the Deaf

SJSD Re-opening Plan Fall 2020

Our Mission Statement

St. Joseph's School for the Deaf will maximize the potential of each student and foster competence in literacy, critical thought, citizenship and personal independence through educational experiences that are purposeful, equitable and engaging.

Celebrating 150 Years!

3 free meals will be available for ALL New Yorkers in more than 400 Meal Hubs, Mon-Fri: http://schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.

Celebrating 150 years!

Celebrating 150th Anniversary in Deaf Education!

Click here for more information 



Donate to SJSD

Every year SJSD is the recipient of different donations from a list of generous donors. This year was no exception. We remain grateful for the various contributions made over the past year and with to thank publicly our very special donors. Being recognized is never their motivation for their support of SJSD, but it always a pleasure for us to take a moment and extend a heartfelt 'thank you' to them. 


For a full list of our donors for the 2018-2019 school year click here.

If you would  like to donate contact us at 718.828.9000 or email Debra Arles





We will provide information about developments and online resources for continued education during school closures.

Stay informed

  • Check the NYC Health website: For fact sheets and up-to-date information specific to New York City in multiple languages, visit NYCHealth.gov »
  • Get the latest coronavirus updates by phone: The New York State Department of Health invites New York residents to text COVID to 692-692 for updates in English or text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish. You can also find daily updates on the website »

Parenting resources

Learn-at-home resources

Remote learning for public school students starts on Monday, March 23. In the meantime, keep kids' minds occupied with these free activities.

  • Online "mommy and me" classes from Circletime:  New users can get free enrichment classes for kids up to the age of 8. Topics include yoga, cooking, art and music. Check it out »
  • Free, daily learn-at-home activities from Scholastic: The children's publishing company will release four new activities every day for kids studying at home. Take a look »
  • Education companies offering free subscriptions: Dozens of education companies are offering free online subscriptions during school closures. See a list »

Fun things to do while social distancing

  • Children's stories in Spanish: Find free audio and video files of beloved children's books read aloud in Spanish from The Spanish Experiment »
  • Livestream doodles with Mo Willems: Beloved children's author Mo Willems will release a livesteam "lunch doodle" every weekday at 1 p.m. and invites kids to draw and write with him. Find out more »
  • Virtual yoga classes for kids: For short, kid-friendly yoga classes you can stream on your phone, computer or television, check out Cosmic Kids yoga »

Financial and other forms of relief

  • No student or medical debt collection until April 16: The New York State Attorney General's Office announced it will suspend collection of student and medical debt until April 16. The policy will also halt interest accrual on these loans. Find out more »
  • Get free, confidential mental health help from home: NYC Well provides free, confidential mental health help from licensed counselors to New Yorkers in crisis. Talk to someone on the phone, via chat or via text. Check it out »
  • Free delivery of groceries and supplies: Volunteers across the city are delivering groceries, medication and other necessities to elderly and otherwise at-risk residents. Get a delivery or sign up to volunteer »

Food help

  • Find a food pantry near you: Food Bank NYC is giving out free meals, groceries and SNAP support all over the city. To find nutrition support near you, visit the website »
  • Find food help in Spanish: Check out an interactive map in Spanish of "comida gratis" (free food) around New York City. See the map online »
  • NYC food hub: The Covid-19 food hub for NYC is continuously gathering information about free groceries and meals around the city as well as about financial help for restaurant workers. Check it out »
  • Free food in the Bronx: World Central Kitchen and state Assemblyman Michael Blake are partnering to distribute fresh, individually packaged meals daily at seven locations around the Bronx. Find out more »
  • Free meals for seniors in the Bronx: SUNY's Bronx Educational Opportunity Center and District 16 will offer free meals to senior citizens every weekday at six senior centers around the Bronx. See the details »


Thank You from CEASD, the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf


Check out our YouTube channel for lessons and stories in ASL.


Flashback to Spring 2019 at SJSD

Online Resources



Online resources


ASL Storytelling 1

ASL Storytelling 2

ASL eBooks and Resources

ESL Library

Free Online Children s eBooks

Motion Light Lab

British Museum of the World

Explore NY Landmarks

Smithsonian Learning Activities

Virtual Rollercoasters, Magic Tree House and More!

Free Reading Resources

Signs for Hope - Children's Books in ASL

Lakeshore Learning Materials

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/ - It is free and has tons of educational games that are fun.

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/games/ - Not only for games but there are videos WITH CLOSED CAPTIONS YAY!

https://www.funbrain.com/ - adorable interactive website that has grade levels K - 8

Learning Tools for All

VIrtual Museum Tours



Online-Learning Art Lessons

Zoom-Free Video Conferencing

Kids Activities


PBS Learning Tools

Minecraft and Microsoft Learning Tools


Free Worksheets

History Lessons

Free Games


Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours on your Couch!

CN Traveler Site

Travel and Leisure Virtual Tours

Arts and Culture

Kitchen and Table Classroom

SI EDU for Kids

Aquarium Tours

Buncee Learning
Get free access to Buncee Classroom


• Sesame Street.com
• PBS Kids.com

• TIME for Kids.com
• National Geographic Kids.com
• The KIDZ Page.com
• How Stuff Works.com

I Can Read  www.icanread.com

MyStorybook.com www.mystorybook.com

StorylineOnline.net www.storylineonline.net

Discovery Kids in Spanish https://www.discoverykidsplay.com/) is an interactive website of educational games and videos entirely in Spanish.
DK Find Out! https://www.dkfindout.com/us/

Get Epic! https://www.getepic.com/

 KidLit Tv https://kidlit.tv/

Sugarcane https://www.sugarcane.com/

TweenTribune https://www.tweentribune.com/

 is an online resource provided by the Smithsonian Institution offering daily news articles, K-12. It is also available in Spanish 


NYCReads365 – https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/nyc-reads-365) - a citywide reading initiative promoting independent reading with diverse lists of educator vetted titles on a range of topics and genres.
We Need Diverse Books https://diversebooks.org/

– a non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes diverse literature.
Common Lit https://www.commonlit.org/en





https://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/ (love this)

https://www.bunkhistory.org/ (love this, fun to go through the exhibits)








https://www.quill.org/ (very good for ELA)