About Our School
ENCSD's Mission & Vision
The mission of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf is to provide individualized comprehensive educational, vocational, and residential programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind students leading to productive, independent, and successful lives.
The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf seeks to become a beacon and national leader in providing high quality educational services for our students in order to challenge them to achieve at their maximum potential.
The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD) provides specialized instruction for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind students. ENCSD was founded in 1964 and serves the 54 easternmost counties in North Carolina.
Students follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and participate in the North Carolina Accountability System. Teachers use proven instructional strategies such as Accelerated Reading, Thinking Maps, and Write from the Beginning. The Fairview Learning Program was fully implemented during the 2015-16 school year. The goal of this specifically designed program is for deaf and hard of hearing students to bridge American Sign Language to English by reading and signing more accurately to improve language skills and ensure success in school.
ENCSD High School students prepare for the real world of work through career awareness training and intensive testing to help them identify appropriate careers. Students work on and off campus to learn successful job skills with on the job training. Many students graduate ready to enter the workforce, but the college prep and tech prep tracks are available along with the Occupational Course of study. Some ENCSD students take classes in the local Wilson County Schools and at Wilson Technical Community College
In the Independent Living Center program, students learn how to budget, shop, cook and complete household duties in the classrooms and apply these skills while living in their own apartments. The Independent Living Center strengthens students’ skills in transitioning to live in society successfully.
ENCSD serves deaf-blind and multi-disabled students. Specialized deaf-blind intervenors help their students learn to interact with their environment to become more independent. Multi-disabled students learn real world job skills in the sheltered workshop program and in off-campus work experiences.