About Us

In addition to providing the very best early identification and intervention services for infants, birth to three years of age, Sunshine Cottage offers a comprehensive day-school program for children, preschool through fifth grade, with state-of-the-art educational and hearing technology. Classes are taught by master-level educators, certified in deaf-education.

Our Mission

Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children promotes early identification and intervention of hearing impairment, and provides learning in a rich auditory-oral environment so that children with hearing loss can develop to their maximum potential through listening, language and speech.

  • Full Day Early Childhood and Elementary Programs
  • After School Care
  • After School Enrichment Activities
  • Outdoor and Discovery Classrooms
  • Music and Art Classrooms
  • On-Site Speech Language Pathology
  • On-Site Audiology Center with Five Testing Booths
  • Two Cochlear Implant Programming Rooms
  • Teacher in Training-Placement site for Graduate Degree in Deaf Education and Hearing Science through the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Sunshine Cottage, a listening and spoken language school, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, OPTIONSchools International, and is a Texas Education Agency Approved non-public school. We accept students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin.


The goal of Sunshine Cottage is to provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing the auditory/oral foundation to become independent and active participants of the hearing world. These children utilize state-of-the-art hearing technology to develop listening and spoken language to communicate naturally and effectively without the use of sign language. We are a non-public, non-profit school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as children with typical hearing. Throughout their Sunshine Cottage experience, all children enrolled in the day-school program benefit from the unique learning environment and strong support system.
Learning to listen using personal amplification and supplemental hearing technologies, and the acquisition of intelligible spoken language are goals that span all areas of the day-school program.
Families seeking admission for their child should call the school at (210) 824-0579 for information and to schedule an appointment. You may also email us and the appropriate person will contact you.
Admission for all children is dependent on diagnostic qualifications and requirements.

Thank you for considering Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children as an educational option for your child.

Enrollment Requirements

  • All prospective students undergo an enrollment evaluation to determine whether Sunshine Cottage is the appropriate educational placement. There is a $75.00 non-refundable fee for the evaluation.
  • Prospective students with typical hearing are required to be at age level in speech and language when compared to their same-age peers.
  • For prospective students who are deaf or hard of hearing, the auditory impairment is identified as the primary area of need.
Enrollment Procedures
  • Parents seeking enrollment for their child should call the school at (210) 569-6001 for program information.
  • An enrollment evaluation with Speech/Language and Audiology will be scheduled by the Administrative Assistant to the Principal. There is a $75.00 non-refundable fee for the evaluation.
  • Following a review of the evaluation results the family is contacted and informed of the decision.
  • Upon acceptance into the program the family is provided a registration packet. All registration forms and requirements must be completed before the child is able to attend.

Families of students who are deaf or hard of hearing are charged on a sliding scale according to the previous year’s income. All other students are charged a flat monthly fee.

Current Tuition and Fee Schedule:
Registration Fee for All Students: $75 Non-refundable

  • Pre-paid for current returning students
  • Due at enrollment for new students

Tuition Rates:
Student who is deaf or hard of hearing: $6,000
  • Final tuition amount may vary depending on sliding scale adjustment and grant/scholarship
Student with typical hearing: $3,500
  • Additional children with typical hearing: $1,750 each

Payment Plans:
  • Ten (10) Payments – Due 1st of each month from August to May. A late Fee of 20% (Maximum of $25), after the 15th, will apply for each late payment.
  • For more information you may call (210) 824-0579, ext. 125, to schedule an appointment with the accounting department or email Sabrina Dannheim.

Tuition Scholarships for students who are deaf or hard of hearing are made possible through the generosity of individuals and organizational donors.
Tuition Scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. To qualify, children and their families must meet eligibility requirements.

Annual Scholarships Awarded:

  • The Alumni Scholarship
  • The Jack H. & William M. Light Family Scholarship
  • The Junior League of San Antonio Scholarship
  • The Roberta Wright Reeves Scholarship
  • The Tuleta C. White Scholarship
  • The Parent-Teacher Group Educational Grant

As a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Approved non-public school designed to develop listening and spoken language in children with hearing loss, we provide specialized instruction; taught by a certified teacher of the hearing impaired and daily educational support services by designated qualified professionals.

More than eighty percent of our certified teaching professionals have graduate degrees.
Grade-level curriculum encompasses state standards and guidelines, placing special emphasis on developing and improving spoken and written language skills.

Our low student-to-teacher ratio, (6:1 or less) allows for individualized instruction and programming.

Technology integration supports the use of the Promethean Interactive Whiteboard, iBook and iPad throughout grade levels and content areas.

Students’ creative and physical abilities are stimulated through art, music, library enrichment and physical education.

The Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening Language and Speech (CASLLS) is an all-inclusive tool designed for planning, implementing and assessing typical language development in children. The goal of the CASLLS is to encourage the use of an integrated approach to language intervention by providing a single set of instruments for following the development of language, listening, cognition and speech in children with hearing loss. Levels encompass age birth through eight (8) years.

All classrooms and academic learning environments are equipped with Phonak Dynamic SoundField amplification systems.

Auditory Communication Therapy (ACT) sessions are scheduled with the classroom teacher to educate and empower the parent(s) of a child with hearing loss.

On-site Speech/Language and Audiological support services are available to children with hearing loss.

Preschool (3 year-olds)

Kindergarten (5 year-olds)

  • The Early Childhood Language Adventure Curriculum is based on the development of early childhood students from three to five years of age. This spiraling framework connects previous learning to new knowledge throughout the early childhood experience and ensures consistent exposure to concepts and vocabulary through the use of thematically based units. The Early Childhood Language Adventure Curriculum was developed by Sunshine Cottage faculty as a complete and encompassing resource incorporating state standards and guidelines.
  • Field trips provide authentic real-world experiences to expand vocabulary and unit concepts.
  • Research based methodologies provide early childhood students a solid pre-literacy foundation.
  • Hands-on activities and experiences are provided through a variety of learning centers to further assist children in grasping unit concepts. While variations may occur, the following are typical learning centers of an early childhood classroom: dramatic play, art, library, manipulative, blocks, puzzles, listening, science and listening.
  • Language centered activities offer a framework designed around common daily structures and routines. The primary component is the incorporation of Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening Language and Speech (CASLLS) goals. This unique feature incorporates identified needs in language and listening development into active learning opportunities to capitalize on the potential for listening and spoken language acquisition.
  • An annual kindergarten graduation celebrates the completion of the early childhood program.

First through Fifth Grade

  • Textbooks and instructional support materials are based on grade-level standards established by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Textbooks and instructional support materials are based on grade-level standards established by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Students are engaged in a language rich environment with the goal of becoming active listeners, learners and speakers.
  • Students who are deaf or hard of hearing are grouped with typical hearing peers to facilitate listening and spoken language outcomes.
  • The Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening Language and Speech (CASLLS) incorporates identified needs in language and listening development into content area instruction and learning opportunities.
  • Informal and formal assessments are used throughout a student’s programming to monitor progress, measure performance and determine educational needs.
  • Effective instructional practices and methodologies meet the unique learning needs of students and foster academic skills.
  • The “Differentiation of Instruction” provides attention to each student’s individual learning needs.
  • Small group and individual academic tutoring are available.
  • Fourth and fifth grade students participate in an annual Outdoor School overnight camp with opportunities for discovery and scientific inquiry.

The elementary art program provides activities in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and crafts. The program is sequentially developed on disciplined based art education. Art concepts are taught through activities based on the elements of design: line, shape, form, texture, space, color and value. Art instruction lends itself to integrating with other subject areas.

The purposes of these activities are to help students develop awareness of, and appreciation for, the skills in communicating through art, and a feeling of pride and satisfaction in their work. Multicultural art activities are infused into the curriculum. Art classes give students the opportunity to develop an interest in art appreciation and to develop critical and creative thinking skills.

Fine Arts Night is an annual celebration of our children’s knowledge of art, showcasing student projects spearheaded by Art Teacher Giovi Carrola. Volunteer artists visit, demonstrate their art, and speak about their creative experiences. During the evening, students and guests will have the opportunity to create art through music, painting and drawing, and other mediums.

Beginning in kindergarten, students participate in weekly music classes with our Music Teacher, Kelly Martinez. At all levels, objectives from the Texas Essentials of Knowledge and Skills, and National Music Standards are incorporated into music programming. Students are exposed to musical elements such as rhythm and beat, instrument instruction, singing, dancing, music appreciation and composition. Students develop musical knowledge and skills as well as listening, language and academic skills. Our music teacher provides purposeful hands-on learning experiences at every level. Students at the elementary level are able to participate in after-school extracurricular music activities and programs throughout the year.

The physical education curriculum is child-centered. Sunshine Cottage focuses on providing every youngster the opportunity to progress at a rate that is individualized. Students learn the joy and satisfaction of being physically active and part of the group regardless of their personal strengths or limitations.

The curriculum is aligned with State Content Standards for Physical Education. Each class period includes introductory of the activity, the activity, and each lesson focuses and the game activity. This provides a well-rounded experience and allows for higher rates of student activity time. Students become confident and competent consumers of physical activities and find fun ways to stay active at any age.

The Sunshine Cottage School Library is a stimulating place where students can acquire knowledge and gain insight; a magical place where they can open books and open their minds for a better tomorrow. The Library holdings include over 12,000 books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and audio books. There are three student-use computer stations, a professional staff library room, and a reading nook.

The Library is staffed with one full-time certified Librarian.

The Library often hosts book fairs and special guest readers.

Every class visits the Science Lab to work on special projects. The labs, located on two of the educational wings, provide students with a modern facility to learn about different things including blood vessels, anthropology, and prepare scientific experiments. The lab sessions are geared to teach students outside of the traditional classroom environment and provide enjoyable hands-on activities.

Studies performed in the Science Labs:

  • Observation activities with animals and plants
  • Environmental science

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Sunshine Cottage offers various after school extra-curricular programs for all grade levels. Our goal is to provide students with a range of positive afternoon supervised activities, which supports the family, school, and community. It provides opportunities for children to develop socially, emotionally, and physically, with a warm and caring atmosphere.
Programs and times are subject to change based on participation.
Registration flyers are sent home with students prior to each enrollment period.

Activities offered have included:

  • Exploring Art
  • Family Coat of Arms
  • Getting to Know Me

A series of activities intended to promote self-esteem and a positive self-image.
  • Guided Imagery: Learning About Our Uniqueness!
  • Paper Mache Masks
  • Sport Stacking

Sport stacking is an exciting individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in pre-determined sequences. Stackers compete for the fastest times. Sport Stacking levels out the playing field, encouraging students of varying athletic abilities to compete. Sport Stacking is recognized for its value in physical education programs.

Sunshine Cottage is committed to providing the best possible education for children with hearing loss now and in the future. We promote excellence among our faculty and encourage professionals to seek education at the graduate level in this field.

In a partnership with Sunshine Cottage, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio offers the Master in Deaf Education and Hearing Science degree program. This program prepares teachers to work with children who attend schools that emphasize the acquisition of listening, speech, and language skills. The program offers hands-on training and a flexible schedule.

For more information on the graduate degree program visit the

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Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children
603 E. Hildebrand Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212


© Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children 2015
Sunshine Cottage, a listening and spoken language school, is accredited by AdvancEd, OPTION Schools, Inc., and is
a Texas Education Agency approved non-public school.

Sunshine Cottage is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization.
We accept students regardless of sex, race, affiliation, disability, or national origin.

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