Educational Institutions

Clarke School for the Deaf

  • Northampton, MA
  • http://www.clarkeschools.org

Mission Statement

Clarke's mission is to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen, learn and speak. Founded in 1867, Clarke was the first permanent auditory/oral school for the deaf in this country, and now has locations in Northampton and Boston, Massachusetts; New York City; Philadelphia; and Jacksonville, Florida. Clarke impacts the lives of thousands of children and adults annually through our research, curriculum development and through teachers and professionals trained at Clarke. More than 1,000 children and their families benefit each year from our five schools and educational and support programs.Our innovative programs and dynamic staff educate the whole child, providing the educational building blocks for a lifetime of success for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Main Programs

  1. Early intervention
  2. Mainstream Services
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

With our founding campus in Northampton, Massachusetts, we now serve over 1,000 children and families in the following locations: Boston, Massachusetts; New York City, New York; Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; and Jacksonville, Florida. The Clarke continuum, one that begins with our early intervention and pre-school programs, continues on as our Mainstream services programs places teachers of the deaf in more than 100 schools in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. In selected locations, children and families can access early intervention services through a unique tele-services program.

ruling year

1938

President

Self-reported

Dr. Catherine Bartlett

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Self-reported

Hugh Babowal

Keywords

Self-reported

deaf children, auditory/oral education, deafness, hearing loss, hearing impaired, National, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida, listening & spoken language program, LSL

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Also Known As

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech

EIN

04-2104008

 Number

0739160402

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Founded in 1847, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech today serves more than 1,000 children who are deaf or hard of hearing, teaching them to listen, learn and speak. Children served by Clarke use advanced technologies, including cochlear implants and hearing aids, to maximize their access to sound. Our teachers of the deaf, audiologists and speech pathologists have the background, training and experience to prepare children academically and socially for a world of limitless potential.Clarke children listen and learn in the classroom, run and laugh with their friends on the playground, and have lives filled with music, sports, family and community. We help to level the playing field for them, so that they can ultimately enter mainstream schools and thrive among their hearing peers. We also offer training for both professionals and families, addressing the unique needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. While many families choose to come to our Clarke locations for services, gone are the days when families must travel in order to access our expertise. Clarke's innovative tVISIT program allows our professionals to provide early intervention services via video, regardless of location.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Early intervention

Early Childhood Programs are offered at all five locations and serve deaf children from birth through their early primary years. Clarke serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade through elementary and middle schools at our Northampton campus. Our Northampton campus also offers a boarding school that fully immerses deaf children in auditory/oral education. Clarke?s Early Childhood services include preschool and kindergarten classes, parent/infant programs, parent support groups, and Cochlear Implant Habilitation Programs. A state-of-the-art facility, Clarke?s Family Center (Northampton) is a resource for people of all ages with hearing loss. Our highly-skilled professionals evaluate hearing loss and help families understand the impact of deafness on everyday living. Through Clarke?s Comprehensive Educational Evaluations (CEEs), children from around the country visit to participate in a week-long diagnostic testing. The Family Center also provides individuals with hearing aid fittings and evaluations, cochlear implant mapping, and access to assistive devices that promote independent living.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

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Budget

Program 2

Mainstream Services

Not available

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    While most states now require screening, at birth, for hearing loss, not all parents and families are made aware that listening and spoken language is an option for child who is deaf or hard of hearing. Ultimately the choice of the family, awareness of the various communication modalities is not consistent from state to state and sometimes not from county to county. One of Clarke's goals is to ensure that once a hearing loss is identified, information on all options is provided. If a family opts for advanced technologies,including cochlear implants and hearing aids, support in the form of early intervention, audiological and speech language services, will help to ensure that the child thrives: acceptance of these instruments and services by medical, insurance, and educational professionals is critical.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

With our founding campus in Northampton, Massachusetts, we now serve over 1,000 children and families in the following locations: Boston, Massachusetts; New York City, New York; Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; and Jacksonville, Florida. The Clarke continuum, one that begins with our early intervention and pre-school programs, continues on as our Mainstream services programs places teachers of the deaf in more than 100 schools in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. In selected locations, children and families can access early intervention services through a unique tele-services program.

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Financials

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THE CLARKE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Clarke School for the Deaf

Leadership

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President

Dr. Catherine Bartlett

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Hugh Babowal

BIO

Catherine Bartlett, MD, is currently serving as President of Clarke. She served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from October 2011 to April 2016 and has served as Clarke Trustee since 1995. She is a long time Northampton pediatrician with a strong interest in deafness and in maximizing speech and language development in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In 1998, Dr. Bartlett was instrumental in initiating the first newborn hearing screening program in Massachusetts at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Though retired from her local practice, Dr. Bartlett is active in global health projects.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hugh Babowal

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?