Frequently Asked Questions about KDES Admissions
- Who is eligible to attend KDES?
Students eligible to attend have a hearing status that results in a need for an educational environment sensitive to diverse educational, cognitive, and social needs that necessitates a continuum of specialized educational and support resources, including non-restrictive access to a visual environment throughout the day.
- Are there any residency requirements?
KDES applicants must legally reside with a parent or legal guardian in the National Capital region.
- Are there any educational or age requirements?
Applicants considered for admission to KDES must be between the ages of birth and 15 years. An applicant will not be considered if she or he has attained the age of 14.6 years by December 31 of the school year for which he or she is applying.
- My child has secondary disabilities. Does this affect admission?
An applicant with secondary disabilities will be considered if the student's primary educational needs are related to deafness.
- What does KDES need to consider students for admission?
In order to consider a student for admission, KDES needs the following documents:
- Completed application form
- Completed physical exam form and immunization information
- Completed dental record form
- Birth certificate
- Proof of residency (a utility bill can serve as proof of residency)
- Current IEP
- Psychoeducational evaluation performed within the past three years. Also called multidisciplinary or comprehensive evaluations at some schools.
- Triennial review
- Report cards
School records and the dental record form are not required for applicants for the Parent-Infant Program.
- Can students apply for admission at any time during the school year?
Yes, KDES has open enrollment.
- What are the costs involved in attending KDES?
There is no charge for tuition.
- What about transportation?
Bus transportation is provided within a 15-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol at no cost (see service map). Students residing outside of the 15-mile radius may still receive transportation services at pick-up and drop-off points within the 15-mile radius.
- Are immunizations required?
D.C. Law 3-20 (revised November 1996) mandates that all students must have certification of immunizations.