Katzenbach Services and Programs


Katzenbach School  has over 100 years of experience educating New Jersey's Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children. It is difficult to imagine when one visits Katzenbach in the twenty-first century that it was opened in 1883 as the "State Institution for the Deaf and Dumb". The Katzenbach School of today serves children birth to twenty-one and recognizes that Deaf children can do anything Hearing children can do.  

Early Childhood Center

  Early Childhood
 Support Services

16 Months to 36 months


  Pre - School Program
Ages 3 to 5

For children with Cochlear Implants

Students Ages 3 to 21

 Katzenbach provides the students with an atmosphere rich in Deaf culture, an environment of direct communication, and a curriculum that meets The Common Core. The goal of the educational programs is to facilitate the highest level of achievement among the students.  All instruction is provided by appropriately certified teachers.  Katzenbach is one of the few schools that still offer Driver Education Behind the Wheel instruction.

Katzenbach's communication policy includes American Sign Language, speech, and the use of residual hearing, depending on the needs of each child.  Classes are small, enabling individualized instruction. In addition to the regular academic curriculum, students receive instruction in ASL/Deaf Culture, Art, Woodshop, Home Economics, Computer Technology, and a variety of Vocational offerings.  

Related services including Audiological services, speech therapy, counseling, adaptive physical education, and substance abuse prevention/education are available for all students.

Katzenbach collaborates with Mercer County Vocational Technology School to enhance the vocational offerings to the students.  Katzenbach's certified teachers of the Deaf accompany the students to the classes to enhance the students' learning experiences.

Technology is an important part of the education provided by MKSD. Each school program utilizes computers to enhance instruction, promote learning through independent, but well supervised, work; and to facilitate on-line communication between students on-and off-campus. Elementary School, Middle School, and High School all have state-of-the-art computer labs as well as classroom computers to support these activities, and the Residential Program has its own computer facilities for evening use. 

Katzenbach offers a 4 night a week Residential Program for students who live too far for a daily commute. The Residential Program also offers the students the opportunity to participate in recreational activities with their peers, the same opportunity that is afforded to students in regular education environments. Recreational activities include: interscholastic sports, enrichment and extracurricular activities, field trips and clubs.  Day students can participate in after school recreational activities through the sending school district's provision of a late bus or residential placement for the duration of the activity.

Programming is also available to students who are Deaf with other handicapping conditions. Specially designed programming for students with multiple disabilities focuses on independent living and functional job skills development to prepare students for independence upon graduation.

The Positive Learning Understanding Support Program (BSP) is designed to address the needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students with emotional disturbances. 

For additional program information please contact:

Margaret Provost 
Enrollment Coordinator


  Elementary School
Kindergarten to Grade 4

  Middle School
Grades 6 to 8

Career and Technical Education High School

Grades 9 to 12

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  Behavioral Support Program


  Residential Program