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Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) originated in 1857 as the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind. Today, KDES is a day school serving deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through grade 8. Tuition is free and students come from the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

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About Kendall

Learn about our school vision and mission. Discover our storied history. Contact our leadership. It all can be found within this section. 

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For Parents

Parents and caregivers are valued partners in education at KDES. Families stay connected with teachers and staff throughout the school year with Back-to-School Night, parent events and conferences, student performances, and family newsletters. All family events are interpreted, and free child care is provided.

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Academics at Kendall

Kendall Demonstration Elementary School provides students with an academically rigorous program so they will become self-directed, independent, and resourceful learners. We serve students from birth through grade 8. Read more about our program here. 

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Services for Students

An array of educational support services is available to each student. If a student needs a particular service, the related service provider will be involved in developing the student's IFSP or IEP.

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