– Admissions / Enrollment

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is a Colorado funded, State Operated Program, serving children from age birth – 21.  There is no tuition to attend CSDB for Colorado residents.  Children who qualify for special education services in the areas of hearing and/or vision loss may be considered for enrollment.  To be eligible for placement, your child must meet enrollment guidelines as stated in CSDB Policy Regulation: JF-R Admission & Denial of Admission.

The enrollment process is an organized partnership between the parents/guardians and child, CSDB staff, and if requested, a representative from the child’s home school district (LEA).  Every parent/guardian seeking possible admission to CSDB must meet with the Director of Special Education, Ms. Kathy Emter, before enrollment can be offered.  Pre-enrollment procedures include a personal interview, review of current IEP and assessments, a classroom observation, and a campus tour.

If your student is placed at CSDB, your home school district will also remain involved with your child.  The LEA will continue to be invited to attend all IEP meetings and any other significant decisions related to your child.

 Kathy Emter, Director of Special Education

 Julie Cuccaro, Registrar


  • Upon enrollment, it will be necessary for all parents/guardians to coordinate with your local school district (LEA) to arrange transportation directly with them. If your home school district supports placement at CSDB, they will assume responsibility for providing or arranging for bus transportation to and from CSDB. If your home school district does not support placement of your son/daughter at CSDB, transportation responsibility falls back onto the parent/guardian. CSDB, as a State Operated Program, does not provide transportation to/from CSDB.
    For Colorado Springs area residents, please keep in mind that it may take a week or two for school districts to set up bus transportation so it is very important to notify and work with your home school district as soon as possible. Parents who live outside of the Colorado Springs area will need to coordinate with their LEA regarding transportation to/from CSDB.

  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) states that a parent signature is not required for transfer of records between schools; however, we do require that all requests for student records be submitted in writing, preferably via fax. Third party requests will require an official authorization to release records, signed by either the student (if 18 or older) or by the parent/guardian.
  • You may FAX your record requests to: Registrar, (719) 578-2241

    In order to reduce paperwork, we will start the process of purging some of the records in the student files five years after the student exits. This pertains to records that are no longer needed for educational services. Please know that all essential academic, psychological records and most recent IEP’s will be kept permanently on file at CSDB. In order to maintain confidentiality, any records not being retained will be shredded. If you wish to claim any non-essential records, please contact us before the record retention deadline.