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Model Secondary School for the Deaf

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Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) provides a tuition-free comprehensive day and residential four-year high school program for deaf and hard of hearing students from the United States and its territories.

The Model Secondary School for the Deaf Act (P.L. 89-694) was signed by President Johnson on October 15, 1966, and in May of 1969, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the president of Gallaudet College signed an agreement authorizing the establishment and operation of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) at the College. MSSD is now located on the eastern end of the Gallaudet University campus.

Basic Facts

    Age Range:
    Grades 9 - 12

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed, High School

    Mission/Philosophy
    Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, the national demonstration schools for deaf and hard of hearing students, are diverse communities implementing a rigorous and innovative program where students excel academically, achieve personal excellence, and thrive in a bilingual environment in which ASL and English are equally valued. Students graduate ready to begin college or a career and to be self-determined, engaged citizens of the 21st century.

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