Bilingual and Bicultural

bilingual-bicultural education

Benilde Deaf School (BDS) is one of the newest innovative programs in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. It is the first bilingual-bicultural program for Deaf high school students in the country. Inaugurated in 2018, the school develops and strengthens the students’ Deaf identity and prepares them for college life and future career.

The school advocates Filipino Sign Language (FSL), the natural language of the Deaf Filipinos, as the primary language of instruction. Written English and Filipino are also used and taught as secondary languages. BDS promotes the understanding and appreciation of both Deaf and Hearing cultures, giving learners a holistic sense of community and pride.

Benilde Deaf School operates under permit by the Department of Education.

model SECONDARY Deaf education

Benilde Deaf School is a model Deaf secondary education institute that provides quality education and better learning access to Deaf students. BDS aims to produce well-grounded and holistic Deaf graduates who are capable of lifelong learning, attaining quality leadership skills to improve individual well-being, and influencing the younger Deaf generation to pursue honor and excellence in society.


Benilde Deaf School aims to be an exemplary bilingual-bicultural Deaf school in the country.


Benilde Deaf School provides Lasallian-Benildean education through the bilingual-bicultural approach to produce holistic graduates who are lifelong learners and leaders that pursue honor and excellence in the service of others.

curriculum, faculty, and formation

BDS follows an enhanced curriculum and implements bilingual-bicultural strategies in each content area. The school also has special subjects such as Deaf Studies and Filipino Sign Language aside from those mandated by the Department of Education. BDS also facilitates a compelling Student Formation Program that promotes character formation anchored on the Benildean Expression of the Lasallian Core Values. In addition, our faculty members composed mostly of Deaf mentors are either licensed teachers, Master’s degree-holders here and abroad, or experts in their respective fields. BDS follows a four-quarter calendar that starts in August and ends in June.

Benilde Center for Admissions
2544 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines 1004
Facebook: DLS-CSB Admissions Center

For admissions-related inquiries, contact us at (63) 2 8230 5100 local 1801 or Viber us: 09177726466 (Ms. Claire) / 09175526466 (Ms. Lhor)

For other concerns, check out our office directory or submit a ticket at Benilde Hub for Info.

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