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.
KDES is fully accredited by two organizations:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf
KDES is a demonstration school of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Our Belief and Mission Statements can be viewed at the Clerc Center website.
To contact us:
(202) 250-2761 (Videophone)
(202) 651-5206 (Voice)
(202) 651-5646 (Fax)
(202) 651-5425 (en Español)