A. G. Bell School is the preschool and kindergarten center for the Columbus Public Schools Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP). We serve young children who are hearing impaired from Central Ohio. A group of hearing children serve as peers. CHIP faculty and staff seek to serve all children equally.
The purpose of the CHIP preschool and Kindergarten is to provide an atmosphere where diagnostics and instruction can take place simultaneously. Professionals work closely with teachers and parents to establish learning goals for each child. Parent involvement is crucial to decision-making.
Students who are three years of age may be eligible to participate in a full day preschool program. Class sizes do not exceed eight hearing impaired students per class. Speech/ Language pathologists provide speech therapy in addition to classroom teacher's speech instruction. Communication options are available that emphasize the oral/aural and TC approaches.