Facts at a Glance

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Why We’re # 1

  • Students who are deaf and hard of hearing in Utah are ranked #1 in the United States for the highest rate of high school completion. The ranking was determined by the National Deaf Center using data collected from a period of five years.
  • The Utah School for the Blind shares its best practices with teachers across the country and around the world and is well-known for the Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • Utah was the first state to offer a deaf-blind endorsement.

How many students does USDB serve? 

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind supports approximately 2,000 students across the State of Utah. 

Including USDB’s Educational Support Services, the number of children served statewide is more than 4,000.

On the USDB campuses, USDB serves about 300 students in the classrooms.

In the Salt Lake City area, 100+ students attend the Jean Massieu School for the Deaf and the C. Mark Openshaw Education Center. Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind elementary students are on campus in Millcreek, Utah.

In Ogden, about 50 students attend the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind campus. Within the same facility, the deaf and hard of hearing students attend the Kenneth Burdett School for the Deaf and the blind and visually impaired students attend the School for the Blind.

In Springville, USDB opened a brand new school in 2020!

The majority of USDB students attend local schools districts throughout Utah. USDB teachers travel to the students’ neighborhood schools. USDB supports them with outreach teachers, aids, programs, resources and technology, based on their individual educational needs. 

USDB also offers summer camps and short term programs throughout the year for all students whether they are on campus, or attend their local schools.