Student Life

Sunset wiht Parnell Hall


The Student Life Program at the Arkansas School for the Deaf is responsible for providing our students with a safe and educational "home away from home" environment for all of our students after school hours. Our dorm rooms are cozy and filled with friends. We are well-staffed with dedicated, nurturing Residential Advisors. We provide supervision in the dorms on some weekends for sports and special events. Health care is provided by a fully licensed nursing staff.

Student Life is designed to foster student growth, development, and educational achievement. Residential students arrive at ASD Sunday evening and return home Friday afternoon. Therefore, we provide extensive after-school programming.

The goals of the program include providing students the opportunity to grow into mature, independent young adults with the ability to manage decision-making situations and to assume leadership roles. Our Student Life activities develop their collaborative abilities and strengthen their social skills based on the individual's needs and interest. Students have access to a broad range of after-school programs and activities. 

Field trips, organization meetings, clubs, community projects, athletics, intramural games, and tournaments are some of the activities that are provided to address the following areas: 

  • Tutoring
  • Literacy and Math
  • Leadership
  • Emotional and social skills
  • Self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Problem-solving and decision making
  • Appreciation for a different perspective
  • Respect for diversity

For additional information about ASD's Residential Program, please contact one of our Dorm Deans:


Rita Jordan
Dorm Supervisor
VP: 501-246-8314

Larry Diley
Overnight Dorm Supervisor
VP: 501-246-8321