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Why should my child attend Carle Auditory Oral School?
Carle Auditory Oral School provides a unique opportunity for children to learn age-appropriate curriculum in a language-based program. Classes range from preschool to second grade, with small student-teacher ratios.
Do you use sign language at the school?
No. Our auditory oral school teaches children to listen and speak without the use of sign language. However, the Pediatric Hearing Center (PHC) offers diagnostic therapy using sign language if that is what the family chooses as a communication option.
What is auditory oral?
The goal of the auditory-oral approach is for a child to learn spoken language through listening and to successfully transition to a mainstream educational placement to learn alongside and develop relationships with normally hearing children from their communities.
How old does my child have to be in order to participate at Carle Auditory Oral School?
We are accepting normally hearing children from preschool (three years of age) through the second grade level. For children with hearing loss, classes are available from preschool (three years of age) through the completion of second grade.
What ages of children with hearing loss do you serve?
We provide a full continuum of services to children from infancy through second grade. Additionally, mainstream support services are provided to our graduates. See mainstream support information to learn more.
What types of professionals will be working with my child?
On staff, we currently have regular educators, deaf educators, assistant teachers, speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
What is your preschool curriculum like?
We use theme-based units of study, providing hands-on learning through play. The children work in small groups in classroom, and then come together in larger groups to fully explore the current theme in the Discovery Center. Commercially available curricula, including Everyday Mathematics and Handwriting Without Tears, are supplemented by teacher-created theme-based learning opportunities.
What does a normal day look like for kids with hearing loss/hearing peers?
Visit our schedule section.
Will there be naps provided?
Naps are not provided in the pre-K through second grade classrooms. Depending upon the needs of the enrolled students, a nap or rest time of no more than an hour may be provided for all or part of the preschool year.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
There will be one teacher with up to five children. Each classroom can accommodate seven to eight students. A teaching assistant will be added when class size exceeds five students.
Will my hearing child with speech needs benefit from your program?
Carle Auditory Oral School is designed to support children with hearing loss in improving spoken language through listening. Staff members receive ongoing training on maximizing development of communication and learning skills in children with hearing loss who are developing spoken language and listening skills. Children with normal hearing are screened to ensure normal speech, language, hearing and developmental skills prior to acceptance. Children with identified delays will be referred to a program designed to support their needs.
Do you take field trips?
Yes, field trips will be planned in accordance with corresponding units of study. In the past, the children have had opportunities to visit such places as Curtis Orchard, the Orpheum Museum, University of Illinois, Parkland College, and Lake of the Woods.
What should my child wear to school?
Parents should dress their child to be comfortable for sitting in the classroom or playing outside. Please provide weather-appropriate change of clothing that can be kept at the school in case of an emergency, accident or just messy activities.
What is included in tuition?
Tuition includes classroom participation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch daily. Additional charges apply for before/after care and care on days that school is not in session. For more information as well as tuition costs, please visit our tuition section

What are your hours of operation, including before and after care?
Before care begins at 7 a.m. and after care ends at 5:30 p.m. However, to facilitate drop-off and pick-up with limited parking onsite, the start and end times for the school program will be staggered somewhat.

Preschool and pre-K:
Children are welcome to arrive at school between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Class ends at 2:45 p.m. and we request that all children be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Kindergarten, First and Second grade:
Children are welcome to arrive at school between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Class ends at 3 p.m. and we request that all children be picked up by 3:15 p.m.

Any child who is not picked up by the designated time for their grade level will join the after-care group for the day and will be charged the drop-in rate listed on the tuition cost sheet.

What kind of meals and snacks do you provide throughout the day?
Lunch is provided by Carle Foundation Hospital and The Caring Place Child Care Center and is included in the tuition fees. Each quarter a new four-week rotation of meals is shared with families. Families can decide on a daily basis whether to send a cold lunch or take advantage of the lunch provided. Families are asked to donate snacks monthly to share with their child’s classroom.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
We will support preschoolers who are working to develop this skill. We do require that the family provides diapers or pull-ups with Velcro sides for any child who is not potty-trained.
How many children will be accepted into each classroom?
Three slots in each classroom are held for children with normal hearing. Four slots are held for children with hearing loss. In the event that a slot for a child with hearing loss remain open after May 15th, children with normal hearing who are on the waiting list may be offered a slot.
I am from out of town, can my child still go to Carle Auditory Oral School?
Yes! Please contact us and we will share with you some creative solutions that current and past families have utilized to make it work from a long distance.
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