St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf (SFDS) is a privately owned, state supported school for Deaf students from birth through 8th grade located in the Prospect Heights sections of Brooklyn. SFDS offers a Parent Infant Program (Ages 0-3), an Early Childhood Program (Ages 3-5) and a School Age Program (Grades K-8). Students attending SFDS are Deaf, Deafblind, Functionally Deaf and Deaf with Additional/Multiple Disabilities including Deaf with Autism and Deaf with Intellectual Disabilities.

SFDS utilizes best practices from current research in Deaf Education. We are a communicative, language and literacy rich environment.


SFDS was started by Sr. Anne Behre on September 13, 1960 in a convent in Flushing, New York with four children. In 1963, the school moved to the Park Slope section of Brooklyn in order to accommodate more students. In 1965, SFDS became a private state supported 4201 School, one of ten schools serving deaf, blind and severely physically disabled students in New York State. In 1973, SFDS moved to its present location on Eastern Parkway where it continues today to educate Deaf, Functionally Deaf, Deafblind and Deaf students with additional disabilities.



The mission of St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Brooklyn is to educate the whole child utilizing best practices through a multimodal – multilingual communication approach in an inclusive, barrier-free environment so that each student develops academically, physically, socially and emotionally. We focus on students’ strengths and support them achieving their goals as independent readers, writers and communicators.





Language & Communication Rights




Research Based Practices

Asset Based Model

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