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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 with hearing loss to listen and speak without the use of sign language.
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 hearing children from three years of age through the second grade level.

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 classrooms, and then come together in larger groups to fully explore the 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 and their hearing peers?
Please visit our schedule section.

Will there be naps provided?
Naps are not provided in the pre-K through second grade classrooms. Dependent upon the needs of the enrolled students, a nap or rest time of not more than an hour may be provided for all of 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. An assistant teacher 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. Children with normal hearing who have a speech or language delay would not necessarily benefit from the approaches used at the school. 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, the children have had opportunities to visit such places as Curtis Orchard, The Orpheum Museum, Parkland College, University of Illinois and the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.
What should my child wear to school?
Parents should dress children to be comfortable for sitting in the classroom, active play or playing outside. Please provide a weather-appropriate change of clothes that can be kept at the school in case of an emergency/accident/messy activity.
What is included in tuition?
Tuition includes classroom participation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in addition to a hot lunch. Additional charges apply for before/after care and days that school is not in session. For more information and 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. After care ends at 5:30 p.m.

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. We request that all children be picked up by 3 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. 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 lunch through school. Families are asked on a monthly basis to donate snacks 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 families provide diapers or pull-ups with Velcro® sides for any child who is not potty trained.
Will my hearing child receive therapy?
No. Children with normal hearing, who are accepted into the program, will not receive individual therapy. Their immersion in the language-rich, hands-on learning activities in the school will support ongoing communication skill development.

What steps need to be taken for my hearing child to attend your school?
We encourage families of children with normal hearing who are interested in our school to contact us through the form requesting more information. A staff member will contact you to discuss your questions, and work to determine whether slots remain in your child’s age grouping. Then interested families move through the following steps:

  1. Narrated observation without the child present – this allows parents the opportunity to focus their attention on the observation.
  2. A complimentary speech, language, hearing and developmental screening for the child, in addition to a classroom visit. These will allow both the parents and the school staff to determine whether the child’s learning style and level of interaction are compatible with the school’s educational philosophy.
  3. Family is notified regarding the child’s candidacy for enrollment. Due to the limited number of available slots, children may be accepted or placed on a waiting list.
How do you choose hearing peers – what are the requirements?
Children will participate in a complimentary speech, language and developmental screening as part of the application process. Results on all three measures should be “meets expectations for age level”. Additionally, children with normal hearing should demonstrate a willingness to participate in classroom activities in order to derive maximal benefit from the program.
How many children will be accepted into each classroom?
Three slots are held for children with normal hearing in each classroom. Four slots are held for children with hearing loss. In the event that a slot for a child with hearing loss remains open after May 15th, children with normal hearing who are on the waiting list may be offered the slot.
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