You could use it to order a meal, check into a hotel or inquire about lost luggage, but it’s really not that kind of language. American Sign Language is for everyday communication with the deaf.

Delaware Valley is the only high school in Hunterdon County to offer ASL, even though it is recognized by the state as fulfilling world-language requirements.

Last year students were polled about languages they’d like to learn, and the runaway favorite was ASL. “The school board was supportive of the initiative,” said Superintendent Daria Wasserbach, “especially so since it was student-driven.”