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2020 – 2021 Yearbooks on Sale NOW!

We are excited to announce that we will have a yearbook to document this unusual year!  Order your 2020-2021 yearbook today!  There are two yearbook options:

OPTION ONE: The Children’s Center and Elementary School Yearbook

  • This yearbook includes all students and class pictures in the Children’s Center and Elementary School.
  • It also includes activities and events that happened throughout the year for our younger students.
  • Full color, soft-covered book
  • Available for $12.00

OPTION TWO: WPSD Middle/High School Lions Yearbook

  • This yearbook will be similar to yearbooks in the past.
  • It will focus mainly on Middle/High school – including portraits, clubs, activities, events, etc.
  • Only a few pictures from the Children’s Center and Elementary School Departments will be included – portraits and a few candids.
  • Full-color, hard-covered book
  • Available for $30.00

You can purchase your yearbook either online or by mail.  Order deadline is Monday, April 26th!  



  1. Go to https://commpe.pictavo.com
  2. Search for your school: Western PA School for the Deaf Elementary (School ID: 94188) OR Western PA School for the Deaf MS/HS (School ID: 93477)
  3. Follow the directions to purchase a yearbook
    • Please note that a $0.60 fee will be added

*** IMPORTANT!!  PLEASE make sure you choose either the WPSD Children’s Center/Elementary yearbook or WPSD Middle/High School yearbook when you order online. We will not be able to refund you if you choose the wrong yearbook. 


Paper Form:

Click on the order form below to download and print a copy. Once complete, please mail the form and payment to the school.

Children’s Center and Elementary School (below)


Middle and High School (below)


Fun Filled Activities for Read Across America Week

In celebration of Read Across American week, students from the Children’s Center and Elementary grades participated in a variety of fun and educational activities to promote reading. Below are all the fun activities our students took part in during Read Across America week at WPSD!

The three-year-old classrooms began by watching an ASL storytelling “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” written by Mo Willems and told by Dr. Steven Farmer, WPSD CEO. Afterwards the students played a sharing game using pretend ice cream cones, made letters of their names into an ice cream cone and made their very own vanilla ice cream! Yum!

Students in the 4-year-old classroom read “Knuffle Bunny” and “Knuffle Bunny Too” and discussed which story they liked better. They enjoyed a snack of “Cat in the Hat” string cheese and a trail mix of Dr. Seuss inspired ingredients. Students created a “Knuffle Bunny” hat and pretended to hop around like a bunny.

Elementary students dressed up as characters from their favorite books. Students visited the school library, read the story and created bubble maps about the characters they chose to dress like. Students were excited to share all about their characters to their classmates!

Second and third grade students chose three of their favorite books to read aloud to a captive audience – their stuffed animals! Some students wore their pajamas and relaxed on the floor or sat at their desk as they read to their plush friend. Snoopy, a unicorn, a giraffe and several teddy bears all enjoyed story time and a snack with the kids!

Camp Discovery 2020 at WPSD is cancelled.

In order to assure the safety of our campers, families, and staff in light of the concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, the 2020 Camp Discovery at WPSD has been cancelled.

We look forward to seeing you in the summer of 2021!

Programs of WPSD are closed from March 16 to March 27.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Governor Wolf has announced that all K-12 schools in the Commonwealth of PA will be closed for the next ten business days, effective Monday, March 16th.  As a result of this announcement, all sites involved with the Programs of WPSD will be closed through March 27th and will be back in session on March 30th. Further information will be shared as we receive more details next week.

Thank you,

WPSD/SSDHHC Administration

Registration is now open for the Winter Session of ASL Classes at WPSD.

At WPSD, ASL classes go beyond sign language instruction.  Our instructors not only teach signing language skills, but they also promote an understanding of Deaf Culture through interaction with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Classes are taught at four skill levels:

    • ASL 1 – Students will develop basic finger spelling, vocabulary and grammar skills.  Discussion of Deaf Culture and interactions with the Deaf Community will be key components of this course.
    • ASL 2 – This course is designed to expand expressive and receptive vocabulary and grammar skills.  The course will focus on specific topics such as: classifiers, time, numbers, directionality and storytelling, as well as language structure and Deaf history and culture.
    • ASL 3 – This class will provide an evaluation of each student’s communication skills, and focus on individual needs.  Attention to advanced grammar and signs will be emphasized and will include dialogues that involve asking, empathizing, negotiation, agreeing and disagreeing.
    • ASL 4 – This is an advanced course.  It progresses from common, concrete interactions to expressing abstract ideas.  Emphasis is on the comprehension and production of increasingly complex communication and includes descriptors, classifier use, non-manual signals, mouth morphemes and numbering systems.


Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the WPSD campus at 300 East Swissvale Avenue in Edgewood Borough,  Allegheny County.  Our mailing address is 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

Please note.  Students from ages 14 -18 are welcome to register for classes IF they are accompanied by a registered parent or guardian.

Winter Session – January 8 to February 26

Registration is now open! 


Registration is now open for all ASL classes of the Winter 2019 session.  The cost per class will $75.00.  There will be NO REFUNDS AFTER THE 2nd CLASS.    Enroll online by clicking ASL Class.


Please be aware that we run multiple classes of the same ASL level (1, 2, 3, 4) concurrently.  If you would like to be in the same classroom as a friend or family member who is registering separately, please add that person’s name to your online registration form OR email our Registrar, Ms. Crystal Davis at cdavis@wpsd.org BEFORE the close of registration for your session (typically the Friday before the week that class begins)!


If you have questions or need more information,  contact Ms. Crystal Davis at cdavis@wpsd.org  Thank you for your interest in American Sign Language and support for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.  Follow us on Facebook to receive the latest news and events happening around campus.  We look forward to signing with you in class!

WPSD 5th and 6th grader enjoy a trip to the PA Capitol.

Last week, WPSD’s 5th and 6th graders traveled to the Pennsylvania Capitol for their annual trip Harrisburg. Rep. Summer Lee and Senator Jay Costa graciously hosted the students in the House and the Senate.

In the House, the students spent time in the chamber to visit with individual members. Later, the group was invited to the front of the chamber to join Rep. Lee and Speaker Turzai when the school was introduced and welcomed by the entire House of Representatives. It was an incredible experience to see all 203 Representatives looking at us as we were announced to the House.

Afterwards, the students crossed the main rotunda to enter the Senate, where they spent time on the floor. Senators took time to meet with their students and shared a conversation and a photo. Later, the group was seated in the gallery and enjoyed a warm welcome from Senator Costa, Lt. Governor Fetterman, and several other Senators.

WPSD is deeply grateful for the hospitality and kindness of Rep. Lee and Senator Costa and all of the Representatives and Senators who took time from their very busy day to make the students’ trip to the Capitol a memorable visit.