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A singular focus on the all-important decade of childhood.Find out more
At NPS, we direct all of our energies on the decade of childhood, for these very important reasons.
“NPS is a safe haven from the pressure to grow up too fast.”Jim Neill / Head of School
At NPS we believe that love has an important role to play in student success.Learn more
Young children learn best when they know they're loved. They feel better about themselves, are better able to meet academic challenges, and are better prepared for success. There's abundant research that supports this. That's why at NPS, love is as important as reading, math, or any other subject, distributed in generous helpings by caring teachers and other adults.
“Multiple research programs ...demonstrate that social and emotional learning programs pave the way for better academic learning.”Source:Building academic success on social and emotional learning: What does the research say?
The NPS curriculum combines the time-tested with the new to prepare students for today's world.Learn more
NPS offers the best of two worlds - we teach traditional academic subject areas using educational innovations that have proven their value. Teachers collaborate to create an integrated curriculum that explores themes through the lenses of different subjects. Technology opens new vistas of information. Learning is project based, as discovery wins out over memorization. Students build a powerful foundation for middle school and develop skills vital for 21st century success.
“We look at the total young person, nurture their skills and capabilities, and help them discover who they are.”Sandy Lewin / 6th Grade Teacher
NPS helps children become good people and good learners.Learn more
At the heart of an NPS education are five core values: love, honesty, respect, responsibility, and safety. They're modeled by teachers and staff members, woven into academic subjects, celebrated through our Value of the Month. Our Religious Education curriculum nurtures students' spiritual growth. Service learning puts ethical thinking into practice. Good character is important here, as we help young people take important steps toward becoming caring, responsible adults.
“It's not only about academics, but what they teach kids as people. They become thoughtful, considerate members of a community.”Mother / 1st Grader
NPS graduates go on to succeed in a wide range of outstanding schools.Learn more
Several factors contribute to the success of our students as they move on to other great schools. One is the quality of an NPS education. Another is the fact that we go through 6th grade, a key time of growth and change, and students develop confidence that serves them well in middle school. And yet another is our hugely personal and hands-on placement process. Our outplacement team works with students and parents to identify schools that are a good fit, guide families through the application process, and advocate for children at the schools to which they apply.
See where our graduates go at nps-dc.org/graduates.
“My children graduated from NPS happy, confident, and ready for their next challenge.”Mother / Two NPS Grads & Current 6th Grader