About Kendall Demonstration Elementary School
Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) originated in 1857 as the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind with 12 deaf and six blind students. Over the years, the Columbia Institution added a college, now Gallaudet University. Today, KDES is a day school serving students from birth through age 15, beginning with the Parent-Infant Program and ending in grade 8. Students come from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
It is our goal to provide students with an academically rigorous program so they will become self-directed, independent, resourceful learners who demonstrate essential knowledge, literacy, and the social and communication skills necessary to be effective, productive, contributing members of society. We focus on helping our students become active learners, encouraging them to ask questions, find answers, and work with others to present what they have learned. Central to this approach is the belief that learning in this way becomes more meaningful and taps into students' natural curiosity.