Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) serve deaf and hard of hearing students from infancy through high school.
We are the federally mandated demonstration schools of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, at Gallaudet University.
KDES/MSSD, a community with diversity at its core, challenges each student to achieve personal excellence in academics, communication, thinking skills, emotional intelligence and life planning in order to become a self-directed, contributing member of society.
Using American Sign Language and English, students are active partners in their individualized education program.
We explore effective approaches to teaching and learning that we share with families and professionals throughout the country.
We believe that the development of the whole child is essential and that each child has unique interests, needs, and abilities.
We believe that all children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn, achieve, and be responsible for their education.
We believe that a student's positive sense of self is critical for school achievement and success throughout life.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 175 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12

Student Body

Total Students
175 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
51%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Model Secondary School For The Deaf Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Notes

  • Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) serve deaf and hard of hearing students from infancy through high school. We are the federally mandated demonstration schools of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, at Gallaudet University. KDES/MSSD, a community with diversity at its core, challenges each student to achieve personal excellence in academics, communication, thinking skills, emotional intelligence and life planning in order to become a self-directed, contributing member of society. Using American Sign Language and English, students are active partners in their individualized education program. We explore effective approaches to teaching and learning that we share with families and professionals throughout the country. We believe that the development of the whole child is essential and that each child has unique interests, needs, and abilities. We believe that all children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn, achieve, and be responsible for their education. We believe that a student's positive sense of self is critical for school achievement and success throughout life.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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The application deadline for Model Secondary School For The Deaf is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 175 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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