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Welcome to Clarke Philadelphia

Clarke Philadelphia, a resource and school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, offers expert listening and spoken language strategies, coaching and education. We help maximize each child’s development.

Clarke Philadelphia

Located on the beautiful campus of La Salle University

Clarke Philadelphia, a school and resource for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, is located on the beautiful campus of La Salle University. Just minutes from Center City, Clarke is 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 knowledge and support needed to help their children build the listening, learning and spoken language skills to reach their full potential.

Contact us

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

Clarke Philadelphia Location Update

Partnership opens opportunities for experiential learning and interprofessional programming.

Clarke Philadelphia will relocate to Saint Joseph’s University’s Hawk Hill campus, providing opportunities for experiential learning and interprofessional programming between both institutions. A renovation of 5414 Overbrook Avenue will provide a customized space for Clarke students to learn and play. 

Programs & Services

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.

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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!

Clarke Philadelphia has programs 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, take place at the Clarke site or occur 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® Teleservices Program

Clarke offers a full range of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) services virtually, for children of all ages and their families.

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.

Clarke Philadelphia 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 us

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

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Visit Clarke Philadelphia

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

Clarke Philadelphia sends automated calls, texts and emails to update families on any weather-related delays or closings. Families can also check kywschools.com for up-to-date information. Clarke's KYW school closing number is 3060.

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.

Philadelphia Early Intervention Information

Clarke serves families in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Clarke Philadelphia works in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Ability Services (DBHIDS) and Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention (ITEI). Families can access these regional resources:  

  • CONNECT, the statewide referral entry point for Infant Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention. Call the CONNECT Helpline: 1.800.692.7288, Email CONNECT: help@connectpa.net 
  • Philadelphia’s Infant Toddler Early Intervention 
    Call: 215.685.4646, Email birthto3EI@phila.gov  
  • Click here to learn more about Early Intervention services in the state of Pennsylvania. 
  • Clarke’s virtual services (tVisits) make Listening and Spoken Language experts available to families remotely 
  • Clarke can assist in connecting you to your local early intervention intake office. All referrals for infant, toddler, early intervention and preschool services must come through your local early intervention program agency.  

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.

Clarke Speaks Up Blog

Clarke Speaks Up features upbeat stories from the Clarke community as well as up-and-coming news from our professionals in the field. 

Contact Clarke Philadelphia

Voice: 267.930.5094

Fax: 215.844.5401

Anne Malarick, Office Manager amalarick@clarkeschools.org

Development Team
Email: develop@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

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Madeline, Clarke alum and winner of the 2024 Youth Virtue, Valor and Vision Award.

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Recent Clarke News

Clarke Events

May is National Speech-Language-Hearing Month

Event Details: May 2024 Celebrated Internationally Clarke joins ASHA and an international effort designed to raise public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the options available to those with hearing loss. Join the conversation on social media, tag @clarkeschools and add

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Clarke’s Listening Walk at the Zoo

Clarke’s Listening Walk at the Zoo Sunday, May 19, 2024 at the Philadelphia Zoo See old friends and make new ones as you listen, learn and explore the zoo during this family-friendly event designed to raise funds and awareness for

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Our professionals are here to help.

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