Student Life

Two ASD students wearing ASDB Sentinels Volleyball t-shirts have their faces painted blue and white for a pep rally. Both girls are smiling and one is showing off her blue tongue.Student Housing-Tucson

There are six dormitory buildings on the Tucson Campus. At present there are about 75 students living on campus. Students from kindergarten through high school live in campus housing. Campus Housing is viewed as an adjunct to the educational programs for children. It is our philosophy and belief that we have a responsibility to participate in each child's learning opportunities. We welcome and accept this challenge as we join with all staff at ASDB to realize our ultimate goal: to maximize the potential of every visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing child with whom we have the privilege of working.


The Teaching Parents and other campus housing staff provide a rich and stimulating environment with a full array of activities for students.

ASD’s Independent Living Program

In a typical family dynamic where communication between family members is free and open, the children are often exposed to enormous amounts of “incidental learning opportunities” through their parents: information about household and money management, consumer awareness, public service agencies and various other resources. Learning these skills is crucial to succeeding as a member of society after graduating High School, and it is these skills that the Independent Living Program (ILP will instill in participating students with the benefit of full ASL communication and access to successful deaf and hard of hearing role models.)


Inside a mobile DJ booth at the ASDB Science fair, an ASB HS student, and the DJ are looking out of the booth window. The DJ is speaking into a microphone.Our staff provide meaningful educational activities and experiences outside the classroom. Just as teachers shape the experiences children have during the school day, staff hired to work in the residence halls have a tremendous potential for impacting the lives of students during the after school hours. Learning is not the exclusive domain of the classroom. Teaching Parents enrich the growth and development of their students through a variety of activities. Campus Housing staff assume a similar obligation to provide extended programming outside the classroom to compensate for what the children may be missing since they aren't in their home environment.

A family is enjoying lunch outdoors at the Peter Siewerth Memorial Bike Rally. There is a pumpkin in the center of the round, cement picnic table.Parent Participation and Involvement
Parental participation in the residential program is crucial. Staff initiate and actively maintain a relationship with parents and guardians to ensure that student needs are accurately recognized and addressed. Conferences throughout the school year, quarterly reports, letters and frequent phone calls facilitate communication and allow parents to retain and share in the responsibility for their child's development.

An ASD student wearing glasses is holding up his hands and sticking out his tongue. He has blue and white spots painted on his cheeks for Spirit Week. Several students stand behind him with painted faces and hair.Campus Housing Discipline Program
The program is designed to assist students in developing personal responsibility for their behavior, and in attaining a higher level of independent compliance with and completion of established expectations and tasks. There are three components of the program: The rules, the limit setting consequences which will be enforced when a student chooses not to follow the rules, and the positive rewards which can be earned through abiding by the rules.

The residential staff, or the staff and students together, develop consequences for the rules when they are not followed. Whenever possible, these consequences are logically connected to the infraction, both in the type of action to be taken and in the degree of severity. In the event that no logical consequence can be determined, thirty minutes of detention or in room restriction may be given per infraction. Consequences are subject to approval by the Dean of Students and the Director prior to being used or modified.

FriendshipsStudents Visiting Other Students
Students in campus housing often form friendships with other students in campus housing and want to visit their homes on the weekend or during school breaks. Because the parents live far from each other and don't often know each other, parents often call the Teaching Parents to get advice about sending their child to the home of another student. ASDB staff encourage parents to speak with each other, and have developed a list of useful questions for parents to consider.

The mission statement for the ASB Residential Department is:

“To provide students with a safe, supportive, and Communicative environment that develops Skills needed to live successfully.”

Student Health Center
ASDB encourages each child's optimum health and wellness and maximizes their educational potential. We work with families, staff and community resources to provide quality nursing care in a safe and healthy school environment. We partner with families to provide services aimed at identification, support, and advocacy for students with prevailing health problems.

The Student Health Center on the Tucson campus is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when school is in session. We are happy to provide acute care for minor illness or injury while the student is waiting for parents to arrive.

Administering medications to students will follow school board policy. Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing the Student Health Center with the medication their child requires and will be required to follow all guidelines established for medication administration while their child is enrolled at ASDB.

An ASB HS student works in the ASDB Food Services kitchen. He is standing at a stainless steel counter wearing a white apron, gloves, and a hairnet. A tray of small square frozen food items is in front of him and he is stacking them. Surrounding  him are food package boxes and  large commercial kitchen equipment.School Nutrition and Food Service
School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

ASDB participates in the SBP and NSLP, a federal program funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Arizona Department of Education School Health and Nutrition Programs. The purpose of the SBP and NSLP is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of children while in school by establishing good food habits and to provide adequate food.

Meals prepared and served under the SBP and NSLP must meet the new meal pattern requirements established by USDA as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

“In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).   USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

ASB HS student boarding a City of Tucson public bus to go to work. He is holding his cane in his right hand and his wallet with bus pass in his left and wearing a baseball cap.Transportation For Day Students
Tucson and Phoenix Campuses: ASDB will provide transportation services identified in a student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). In determining the least restrictive environment, the IEP team considers the effects transportation may have on a student. As a consideration for the IEP team, students who attend the Tucson campus and whose residence is outside reasonable daily bus routes and for whom the daily one-way riding time exceeds one and a half (1-1/2) hours one-way, the residential program is recommended because of the potential harmful effect on the child.

Students who live within one hundred thirty (130) miles of Tucson, but outside the daily service area, will be transported to and from designated regional sites each weekend.

After-School Activity Bus
Tucson and Phoenix Campuses: ASDB will provide transportation for day students participating in afterschool sports and other regularly scheduled after-school activities. The program will operate four days per week (Monday through Thursday) and departure time will be 5:30pm.