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 dedicated community at St Francis de Sales School for the Deaf envisions an educational environment that empowers the students to be lifelong learners.

The staff will work collaboratively to meet the individual needs of the ever-changing population through active engagement, best practice models, research based curricula and compassion.  



The St. Francis de Sales Staff strives to educate the whole child through Total Communication in a safe, barrier-free environment so the child develops academically, physically, emotionally and socially. We believe each student is unique, therefore our educational program offers a variety of learning experiences to facilitate each student’s growth and communication abilities. Our school community is inclusive and we strive to prepare our students to be successful and thrive in today’s society.

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