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American School for the Deaf Extended School Year Program/Camp Isola Bel

139 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Career Exploration
  • Computers
  • Educational Activities
  • Environmental Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Health and Wellness
  • Science Activities
  • Social Programming
  • Social Science Activities
  • Theater

Ages Served:

6-18 years old

Areas Served:

Bloomfield, East Hartford, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hartford, Newington, West Hartford

Program Length:

1 week ; 2 weeks ; 3-4 weeks ; 5-6 weeks

Start Date:

June 21, 2022

End Date:

August 9 , 2022

Hours of Operation:

Camp IB: overnight / ESY PACES: 8:00-3:00 / ESY CORE: 8:00-1:00



The American School for the Deaf is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).  ASD is also licensed by CT State Department of Education as an approved special education facility.

More about our camp:

The American School for the Deaf Extended School Year Program is a three-week summer program for deaf and hard of hearing students who require additional academic support to retain the academic skills acquired during the school year.  The program is theme-based and provides students with a hands-on approach to learning.

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) serves students between the ages of 3–21 in our CORE Pre-K through 12th grade academic program.  Students enrolled in the summer tutorial program have been identified through their Individualized Education Plans as being at risk of academic regression if not enrolled in a summer school program.  

Due to limited language stimulation at home for many of our students, the need is great for a summer program to reinforce language and literacy using an American Sign Language/English Bilingual approach.  Without this program, students are at risk of losing ground on the progress made during the school year.  

In order to ensure program cohesion and structure, a theme is adopted for the summer program each year, around which the curriculum revolves.  As has been the case for many years, thematic vocabulary and contextual lessons are taught throughout the program, with the result being a deeper understanding of a particular subject by the conclusion of the course.  Deaf students learn best when lessons are connected to real-life experiences.  ASD’s 2020 ESY theme is “Literacy is 20/20!” and a special emphasis on literacy will be infused throughout all programmatic areas.

In addition to a traditional academic program, ASD incorporates an employability component to the summer tutorial program for high school students.  Students are provided the opportunity to explore career options and expectations through their participation in a community work-study program.  This portion of the ESY program is operated by ASD’s Transition Services department.  ASD’s work-study program has become a staple of the summer program, and students look forward to gaining valuable vocational skills each year.  

The Extended School Year Program is Special Needs Accessible and Summer School Compatible.