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Welcome to Clarke Philadelphia

Clarke Philadelphia offers a unique listening and spoken language learning environment designed to maximize each child’s development, while building their self-confidence and preparing them for success beyond Clarke.

Clarke Philadelphia

Located on the beautiful campus of La Salle University

Clarke Philadelphia is located on the beautiful campus of La Salle University, just minutes from Center City and easily accessible for families in the PA suburbs and surrounding counties. The site serves children and their families from birth through young adulthood. We partner with caregivers to provide the skills, knowledge and support needed to help their children reach their full potential.

Contact us

To arrange a tour, contact us at info@clarkeschools.org or 267.930.5094.

Clarke Philadelphia

Clarke Philadelphia’s Programs and Services

In its collegiate setting at La Salle University, Clarke Philadelphia professionals provide high-quality education and therapy to babies, toddlers and preschoolers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Classrooms are designed for the unique acoustical needs of children with hearing loss and utilize sound field amplification systems paired with the children’s personal hearing technology.

Clarke Philadelphia also offers audiological services and inclusion opportunities for preschoolers in collaboration with CORA Early Years. Mainstream services provided by Clarke Philadelphia’s teachers of the deaf support private, charter and public schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Clarke has been such a huge lifesaver for my family! We’ve been receiving weekly in-home services for almost two years, and recently joined Toddler Group as well. Along the way, we’ve built so many relationships with families and teachers who are all there for each other, and everyone has such big hearts! We look forward to working with Clarke in the future and even as an alumni!

- Caregiver of a Clarke Philadelphia student

We have a program to fit your needs...

Whether you want to maximize the early language development of your baby, find a supportive and personalized preschool class for your toddler, or have your child supported at their mainstream school.

Birth to Age Three Program

At Clarke Philadelphia, early intervention professionals work with families to help them discover ways to embrace a listening and spoken language lifestyle. Services can be home-based, or take place at the Clarke site or virtually.

Preschool / Early Childhood Program

Clarke Philadelphia offers a preschool program serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Families can learn alongside their children with various opportunities for parent groups, field trips and classroom observations. Through an on-site collaboration with CORA Early Years, inclusion opportunities enable preschoolers to participate in activities with their peers who have typical hearing.

tVISIT Program

Clarke Philadelphia’s experienced early intervention professionals connect virtually with families to provide coaching sessions through our tVISIT (teleservices Virtual Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers) Program.

Support Groups

Family-focused support groups at Clarke Philadelphia connect families and staff, providing them with a platform to learn from each other.

Trainings & Workshops

Families benefit from Clarke Philadelphia’s trainings and workshops, designed to improve parent competence and confidence, and taught by leading professionals in the field of deaf education. We also host learning opportunities for professionals in the field who are interested in strengthening their skill set and knowledge in listening and spoken language.

Master of Arts in Deaf Education

Clarke’s collaboration with Fontbonne University, an interdisciplinary master’s-level program incorporates best practices from deaf education, early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education.

Audiology Services

Clarke Philadelphia’s audiological services include audiology consultation for students in the mainstream. Clarke Philadelphia is also an approved medical durable good provider in the state of Pennsylvania.

Auditory, Speech and Language Services

Each child enrolled in our Preschool Program receives individual auditory, speech and language therapy on a daily basis. Individual auditory, speech and language services are also available for children in mainstream programs.

Summer Services

Clarke Philadelphia offers many of its services--like early intervention, preschool programming, support groups and mainstream services--throughout the summer season, in accordance with the frequency of service indicted on a child’s IFSP or IEP.

Mainstream Services

Mainstream Services

Clarke’s Mainstream Services in Philadelphia and surrounding counties support children and their families transitioning into mainstream schools, with customizable services for each student's unique needs. A team of dedicated professionals, including itinerant teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists and an educational audiologist are part of the general education team.

Itinerant Teacher Services

Clarke Philadelphia’s teachers of the deaf serve students who are deaf or hard of hearing from preschool through high school in mainstream school settings.

Speech, Language Services

Individual auditory, speech and language services are available for children in mainstream programs, giving them access to the tools they need to thrive at school.

Educational Audiological Services

Clarke Philadelphia’s audiological services include educational audiology consultation for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in mainstream schools.

Transitional Planning Services

Clarke Philadelphia offers Transitional Planning Services to help facilitate adjustment into mainstream school, working with the student, their family and the school staff to prepare for transition.

Consulting Services

Clarke Philadelphia’s teachers of the deaf are here to provide support and training to school professionals, parents and students through a variety of personalized services which incorporate specific strategies to enhance each student’s communication and success.

Admission & Enrollment

We’re here to help you make an informed decision about your child’s education and communication.

You’ve researched our programs and services, and read about children and families who have found success at Clarke. You think Clarke could be the right place for your child. What happens next? Contact the school to learn more about our programs and to arrange for a visit.

Contact us

Contact us at info@clarkeschools.org or 267.930.5094 to learn more about any of our programs.

Visit Clarke

We will arrange a visit for your family so you can meet Clarke professionals, tour our facilities, visit our classrooms and learn more about our programs and services.

How students are funded

Students at Clarke are typically placed here and funded in partnership with their hometown school districts. We will work with your child’s IEP team to determine placement and service decisions.

Clarke admits children who are deaf, hard of hearing and hearing, and provides services to our families regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
A high-quality, specialized education is within reach.

Contact us at info@clarkeschools.org. or 267.930.5094. to learn more about any of our programs.

Visit Clarke Philadelphia

Come meet our expert staff and see our dynamic classrooms in action!

Interested families are invited to tour our Clarke Philadelphia site, where you will meet Clarke professionals, see our acoustically-optimized space and learn more about our programs and services.

Contact us

To arrange a tour, contact us at info@clarkeschools.org or 267.930.5094.

For Current Families

Quick Access to the Resources You Need

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Calendars

Forms, Policies, Handbooks

Other forms, such as Monthly Observation form, Class Directory and Application/Enrollment can be obtained by calling the school or by contacting your child's teacher.

Classroom Blog

Some Clarke sites offer a private, password-protected blog for parents of Clarke students, featuring photos, information about classroom lessons and more. Current parents will be offered access to the blog at enrollment. For questions, contact your site directly.

Newsletter

Published bi-monthly, Clarke Connection keeps our community informed and connected with all things Clarke.

Contact Clarke Philadelphia

Voice: 267.930.5094

Fax: 215.844.5401

Anne Malarick, Office Manager amalarick@clarkeschools.org

Jenna Federico, Development Associate
Email: jfederico@clarkeschools.org

Directions:

Clarke Philadelphia is located in the former Germantown Hospital on the campus of LaSalle University. When coming to Clarke Philadelphia from I-76, please take I-76 to Route 1 (Roosevelt Blvd). You will exit Roosevelt Blvd at Germantown Avenue. This will place you on W. Roberts Avenue, which changes to Berkley Street and then Stenton Avenue.

At a traffic light, you will then turn left onto Belfield Avenue and then, at the next traffic light, you will turn right onto Wister Street. At the traffic light at Wister and Chew Avenue, you will make a tight left turn onto Penn Blvd.

When approaching the location from Chew Avenue, you will see signs at the entrance to the complex for both LaSalle University and the Crisis Response Center. After turning into the complex, please turn into the second driveway and parking lot on your right, Parking Lot J. After parking, please proceed to the building and entrance closest to Chew Street. Our building is red brick and has large lettering on the front that says "Germantown Hospital Medical Building". Please note that there will be a $2.00 charge for exiting Lot J. Please see someone on staff at Clarke to inquire about receiving a parking token to avoid this cost prior to completing your visit at Clarke Philadelphia.

If you are using GPS for directions, our address is 2 Penn Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Please be aware that the street name is "Penn Blvd." and not "Penn Street" as there is "Penn Street" as well that is not the location of our facility.

If you would like to enter your starting point and create your directions with Google, this link identifies our exact location and will allow you to do so. Google directions link.

Our Stories

Madeline, a Clarke alum

Madeline

Madeline’s diagnosis of moderately severe to profound hearing loss in both ears at the age of 18 months changed her...

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Morgan

Morgan

Morgan, who was born deaf, attended Clarke’s Birth to Three Program and progressed so well that she attended a mainstream...

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Addyson

Addyson started attending Clarke Philadelphia’s Preschool Program when she was three. Today, she is exceling at her neighborhood elementary school....

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Please contact any of our locations to learn more about Clarke’s broad array of programs and services.