It opened in 1963.
In January 1977, Dr. Jerry Goh Ewe Hong established the Philosophy of Total Communication or TC at the school.
From the 1980s to the early 1990s, its enrollment was about 300. By the 2010s, the number of students was below 20, and the school in 2011 froze enrolment, resulting in a student body of two in 2017. That year, the school closed and sent its students to Lighthouse School.
- Amelia Teng (17 September 2017). "Singapore School for the Deaf to close due to dwindling enrolment". The Straits Times. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
- Lim, Chin Heng (May 1998). "An Overview of 20-year Development of Total Communication Approach with Signing Exact English in Singapore (1977-1997)" (PDF). Signal. Singapore Association for the Deaf. p. 217-219. - MITA (P) No. 250/10/97 - Document starts on p. 9/11.