The Bright School is a United Way Agency and the recipients of a generous grant from the Fore Kids Foundation. The Bright School also participates in Early Steps. Early Steps is a statewide program-serving children from birth to three and their families. Our teachers can be found on the Matrix and are able to provide Special Instruction as well as Speech Therapy.
The mission of the Bright School is to develop age appropriate speech and language skills of children who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or language delayed.
Bright School for the Deaf was established in 1959 by the Bright and White families to meet the needs of their Deaf grandson and son, Michael White. Originally, the school was located near Audubon Park and served hearing-impaired preschoolers.
Bright School moved to Walmsley Ave. in order to meet the needs of the growing enrollment. In the early 70’s, advances in technology, allowed children to be diagnosed with a hearing loss at birth. The focus of education shifted from preschoolers to the birth to three population. The school was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.
Through the turmoil and confusion that Katrina caused Bright School continued to offer services either in the home or their temporary location at New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center. Today, Bright School continues to serve children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, along with their families in the New Orleans area and surrounding parishes at Temple Sinai located on St. Charles Ave.
Bright School is always in need of dependable, energetic, and caring volunteers. Any time a volunteer can offer is appreciated and welcome.
Please consider volunteering for the Bright School if:
You enjoy working with young children.
You are in need of service hours.
You would like to experience working with Special Needs children.
If interested please contact Linda Frantz @ 504-256-9200.