Fully Accredited Locally Nationally Recognized
The CID educational program is fully accredited and locally and nationally recognized.

Accreditation and Awards

The CID school program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Illinois State Board of Education. The CID Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center is an approved Parents as Teachers site. CID Family Center Staff are credentialed providers for the First Steps program in Missouri and the Child and Family Connections program in Illinois.

CID teachers are fully accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). CID continuing education workshops are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and offer AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS) certification credits. CID is an approved Illinois State Board of Education provider of professional development activities.

In December 2010, 2012 and 2013, Charity Navigator gave CID its highest 4-star ranking, indicating that CID executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way that outperforms most other U.S. charities. In competition with elementary schools across the country, CID has twice earned a national award for excellence in education from the U.S. Department of Education. Our award-winning program has been replicated in other schools. CID is a recipient of a FOCUS-St. Louis ”What’s Right With the Region!” Award for Creating Quality Educational Opportunities.

The CID school building was constructed with “quiet school” technology to meet the educational needs of deaf children. The building received a  Regional Excellence Award from St. Louis Construction News and Review and a Construction Keystone Award for Partnering Excellence from the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis. In 2001, the Landmarks Association of St. Louis named the CID campus one of the city’s Eleven Most Enhanced Sites. In November 2003, the CID school received an Impact on Learning Award from School Planning and Management magazine.