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.
Licensed teachers provide instruction in low student to teacher ratio classrooms. The residential program provides opportunities for educational enhancement during the after school programming.
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.
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 also 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.
Grades K-12: 8am - 3:15pm
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Programs and services
Personalized Learning Plans -Assessments are performed periodically to determine how your child will learn best. Learning styles are established to tailor lesson plans to meet the needs of each student
Access to PowerSchool's Student Information System -Parents are given access to their children's personal information through a password-protected computer-based system that allows them to monitor their progress. Parents can monitor test scores, homework and attendance on a daily basis.
Parent Learning Day
Dress Code -A school dress code policy is enforced.
Who is eligible to attend?
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf is open to all school aged students who reside in the State of North Carolina.
Information for parents
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available to all students. ENCSD participates in the National School Lunch Program and free or reduced pricing is available to those students who meet the guidelines.
View our breakfast and lunch menus here.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires school cafeterias to meet new federal nutrition standards for school lunches and breakfasts.
School Dress Code
Students and Staff are required to dress appropriately. Click here to read our dress code policy.
A list of supplies that are required for each incoming students will be provided at the school. These supplies should be brought in to the homeroom teacher on the first day of school.
School Wellness Policy
ENCSD promotes health in students by supporting wellness, quality nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment.