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Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES)
Kendall Demonstration Elementary School is dedicated to educating, empowering, and serving the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students in Maryland, D.C., and the Virginia area.
The Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES)–named after philanthropist Amos Kendall–was founded in 1857 by the U.S. Congress. Through our 160+ year history, our mission has remained the same: To provide an academically rich education to deaf and hard of hearing students.
Located on the beautiful Gallaudet University campus in Washington, D.C., KDES is an accredited, tuition-free day school for deaf and hard of hearing students with academic programs ranging from birth through 8th grade. Our school’s leaders are dedicated to serving and creating an inclusive community at KDES while sharing resources and collaborating globally to ensure your child receives the best education available.
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Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, the national demonstration schools for deaf and hard of hearing students;
Are diverse and inclusive communities implementing a rigorous and innovative bilingual program
Where students excel academically, achieve personal excellence, and thrive in an environment in which ASL and English are equally valued.
Students graduate ready to transition to post-secondary education, training and/or work
And to be self-determined, engaged global citizens of a rapidly changing world.
We Believe in educating the whole child and that developing each student’s unique abilities and a positive sense of identity is critical for school achievement and success throughout life.
We Believe that all students, supported by high expectations and actively engaged in meaningful and challenging standards-based work and activities, can learn and thrive.
We Believe that early and continued access to ASL and English at school and at home are integral to a deaf or hard of hearing student’s overall development.
We Believe that immersion into ASL, and the cultures of diverse deaf and hard of hearing people, will enrich the lives of students and their families.
We Believe that informed and involved families are critical to a student’s success and well-being.
We Believe that an active, cooperative partnership among the student, family, school, and community is essential for student growth and development.
We Believe that academic, student life and extracurricular programs should be broad, challenging, and individualized to promote a lifelong desire to learn.
We Believe that competent use and understanding technology is an integral part of deaf and hard of hearing students’ access to information and communication.
We Believe in a diverse and inclusive community, enhanced by the various cultures, experiences, and abilities of its members, that embraces a spirit of learning, mutual caring, respect, and equity.
We Believe that the Student Life experience provides outside-of-classroom learning opportunities and a community living experience that develops independent living skills and leadership growth through participation in a wide variety of organizations and activities.
PROFILE OF GRADUATES
Graduates possess the skills, knowledge and tools to succeed in work and life in a rapidly changing world.
LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
Graduates demonstrate linguistic and communicative competence in ASL and English.
Graduates possess the critical and creative thinking skills and strategies essential for life-long learning.
Graduates demonstrate autonomy, personal responsibility, cultural competence, and citizenship.
Graduates have post-secondary plans that allow them to achieve their goals and maximize their potential.
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The ECE program is for deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to pre-kindergarten age.
Our child-centered, play-based classrooms immerse each child into an ASL/English environment to develop their minds and skills through various sensory-based experiences.
For our kindergarten through eighth grade program, students enter an environment of rigorous academics aligned with the Common Core State Standards. As a result, students learn how to become critical thinkers, team players, and confident learners. Meanwhile, off-campus field trips and activities in the lively Washington, D.C. area give students access to world-class resources.
The After School Program promotes recreational and educational learning to build a lifelong appreciation for sports and recreation.
Students will learn vital skills such as planning, teamwork, leadership, and organization, with Gallaudet University recreation and education majors leading the way as language and adult role models.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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