As seen in the Queens Chronicle on Thursday, December 21, 2023:

As we celebrate the holidays and look forward to the New Year, our entire Lexington School for the Deaf community extends its gratitude to our elected leaders. We appreciate the Governor and Legislature for recognizing the needs of our school, students, their families, and our highly trained and qualified teachers and staff. The critical resources included in the final enacted 2023 State Budget are helping our children, and the children at the rest of the 4201 Schools across the state succeed.

Lexington is one of the 11 members of the 4201 Schools Association, which represents schools across the state serving students who are deaf, blind, and severely physically disabled. Established in 1864, our school aspires to be an exemplary education, service, and research institution for the deaf and hard of hearing. We provide programs and support services for deaf students ages 0-21 and hard-of-hearing students ages 0-3.

Our whole-child approach ensures students have every opportunity to develop and grow, prioritize their health and wellness, and engage in extracurricular activities, athletics, and academic and social clubs. The use of Thinking Maps is a prime example of cognitive skill-building at Lexington. They’re used across the curriculum to help students learn to define in context, classify, sequence, see analogies, and demonstrate cause and effect.

Since the home-school connection is important to the success of every student, Lexington offers parents and guardians services to support their child, including our family liaison, the Parent Staff Association, American Sign Language classes, and workshops.

The comprehensive education and additional services available to students are dependent on state support. We look forward to continuing to work together with our electeds in 2024 to ensure our children continue to learn and thrive in a language-rich environment. We thank Gov. Hochul and the Legislature for continuing to fund the 4201s.

Lexington School & Center for the Deaf CEO/Superintendent Russell O. West