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Application FAQs

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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.

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KDES applicants must legally reside with a parent or legal guardian in the National Capital region.

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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.

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An applicant with secondary disabilities will be considered if the student's primary educational needs are related to deafness.

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  1. In order to consider a student for admission, KDES needs the following documents:
    • Completed application form
    • Completed release of information form
    • Birth certificate (copy)
    • Proof of residency (copy of utility bill)
      In the application form is a release form that authorizes your child's school to send records to KDES. Records requested include but are not limited to:
      • Audiogram/audiological evaluation
      • Current IFSP/IEP
      • Multi-disciplinary evaluation performed within the past three years (also called comprehensive, or psychoeducational evaluations at some schools)
      • Re-evaluation/Triennial Review
      • Report card

    *Completed physical exam, immunization record, and other medical record forms are due prior to enrollment.

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    Yes, KDES has open enrollment.

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    There is no charge for tuition.

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    Bus transportation is provided within a 15-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol at no cost (see 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. map of zone

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    D.C. Law 3-20 (revised November 1996) mandates that all students must have certification of immunizations.