CID “Quiet School”
The CID school was designed with input from parents, teachers, audiologists and other professionals. Located within a university campus community, the CID school is dedicated to excellence in education. It is also state-of-the-art CID “quiet school,” designed with superior classroom acoustics for optimal listening and spoken language deaf education.
To take best advantage of the school children’s residual hearing and to eliminate distractions to learning, the CID school was meticulously engineered to exceed ASHA-recommended national acoustic guidelines and to incorporate state-of-the-art speech-enhancing technologies. Measures included relocating the school building away from a U.S. interstate highway and using landscaping as a sound buffer. Construction strategies and materials were selected for their ability to reflect sound away from the exterior and to absorb sounds in the interior. Noise-reduction measures also were designed into the floor plans as well as into the heating and air-conditioning systems.
The 42,000-square-foot school features distinctive masonry towers and Romanesque masonry arches. It contains 20 classrooms, a library, music and drama room, art room, computer lab, discovery rooms, offices and a gym. The facility is both child- and parent-friendly, featuring one-way observation rooms, colorful, child-sized furnishings and living room, dining room and kitchen space.
The facility also houses the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center, offering a warm, homelike atmosphere for families with newly diagnosed infants making their first contact with CID.