Model Secondary School For The Deaf

Tel: (202)651-5031
  • 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.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Council for Exceptional Children
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12

Student Body

Total Students162 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
64%
State avg.: 50%
Students by GradeModel Secondary School For The Deaf Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1

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