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The Model Secondary School for the Deaf Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966 (P.L. 89-694). In May 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 MSSD at the College.
Fully accredited by both the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Secondary Schools and the Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf, the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) provides a comprehensive day and residential four-year high school program for students from various states and United States territories. Enrollment ranges from 250 to 300 students.