Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

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Superintendent's Letter

  • Dear Families,

    I am excited to welcome you to the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD)!  Whether you are a family with a deaf child, a professional in the field of education, or a community member with an interest in what we do, we are thrilled to find you here on our website.

    AASD is a public day school serving deaf/hard-of-hearing (DHH) children ages 3 – 21, in the metro Atlanta area and beyond.  We are fully accredited by both SACS (Southern Association of Schools) and CEASD (Conference of Educational Administrators for Schools and Programs for the Deaf). I hope you will take the time to visit us ‘virtually’ and in person to see all that we have to offer.

    Our commitment to providing as strong ASL/English bilingual program ensures that our students develop a strong foundation in language and literacy that enables them to be successful, confident, independent young adults when they leave here. Our dedicated staff have both experience and passion. All our teachers are professionally certified and are always striving to be the best language models possible in both American Sign Language and English. While our primary focus is traditional academics with an emphasis on language acquisition, we know that for students to thrive we must also teach to the whole child with programs in theater, athletics, academic and service clubs, and much more. We offer full counseling, speech, audiological, and assessment services, as well. We know that students learn best in a supportive and challenging environment, and we are committed to providing that here at AASD.

    We also offer a variety of programs for our families and the community including volunteering opportunities and sign language classes.  

    For more information on our family programs, please visit the Families page on our website or contact our Family Engagement coordinator: Patti Lombardi at 404-296-7101 (voice) or  We truly believe that communication and parent involvement are key to our students’ success. For visitation information, please contact our outreach coordinator: Stacey Shapiro at 404-300-5899 (voice); 404-348-8404 (vp);

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me:

    I can’t wait to see you!


    Vanessa Robisch