SCHOOL in sign language

This word entry contains a ASL sign for "school", a video of "Dora" kid signing "school", and narrative related words.

ASL sign for SCHOOL with a drawing
"School" drawing by Juli, age 5.

School is a place where you go to learn the three "R" -- reading, writing and arithmetic.

ASL signs for SCHOOL

Learn how to sign "school" in American Sign Language.

Definition: An institution for educating children; any institution at which instruction is given in a particular discipline.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant flat hand (handshape), palm down (orientation) above non-dominant palm-up flat hand (location), taps twice on the non-dominant palm (movement).

Learner Tip: ASL students sometimes confuse SCHOOL with PAPER or sometimes mispronounce it as PAPER.

Kid signing "school"

In an early one-word stage, for some parents and caregivers "school", "book", and "paper" can be mixed up without contexts when their early productions look similar.

The video shows the bilingual ASL-speaking kid signing "school". She associated a yellow bus with "school".

Related signs

Wouldn't it be a dream to go to bilingual school where everyone -- STUDENTS, TEACHERS or INSTRUCTORS, and STAFF speak ASL or another signed language everywhere on campus and in classroom? It's where you can find at bilingual DEAF SCHOOLS, NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) and Gallaudet University.

Some high schools, COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY offer ASL COURSES where hearing people can take lessons to learn American Sign Language, Deaf studies, Deaf culture, linguistics, in the United States and Canada (or other signed languages in their countries). Even better, IMMERSION in Deaf community can be a natural EDUCATION in conversational ASL for hearing learners with Deaf people.

In Deaf education, BILINGUALISM is the most efficient and natural approach for deaf students.

Other school-related vocabulary: elementary school, graduate school, junior high school (or middle school), preschool, residential school where many deaf children resided in the past, private school, GRADUATION...

Minimal Pairs

All the same except for handshape: IMPOSSIBLE.

All the same except for movement: PAPER, CLEAN-UP.

First 100 words.

  1. again
  2. also
  3. ask
  4. bad
  5. boy
  6. but
  7. can
  8. come
  9. deaf
  10. different
  11. drink
  12. drive
  13. eat
  14. email
  15. excuse
  16. family
  17. feel
  18. few
  19. find
  20. fine
  21. fingerspell
  22. finish
  23. food
  24. for
  25. forget
  26. friend
  27. get
  28. girl
  29. give
  30. go
  31. good
  32. have, has, had
  33. he
  34. hearing
  35. hello
  36. help
  37. home
  38. how
  39. Internet
  40. know
  41. later
  42. like (feeling)
  43. little
  44. live
  45. man
  46. many
  47. me
  48. meet
  49. more
  50. my
  51. name
  52. need
  53. new
  54. no
  55. not
  56. now
  57. ok, okay
  58. old
  59. other
  60. please
  61. remember
  62. same
  63. say
  64. school
  65. see
  66. she
  67. should
  68. sign, signed word
  69. slow
  70. some
  71. sorry
  72. store
  73. take
  74. tell
  75. text, sms
  76. thank, thank you
  77. their
  78. they
  79. think
  80. time
  81. tired
  82. try
  83. understand
  84. use
  85. wait
  86. want
  87. what
  88. when
  89. where
  90. which
  91. who
  92. why
  93. will
  94. with
  95. woman
  96. work
  97. write
  98. yes
  99. you
  100. your

As you feel more comfortable with the first few hundreds of ASL signs, progress further with your vocabulary and learn signing more.