• Age 3 to Grade 6

    A singular focus on the all-important decade of childhood.

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    Age 3 to Grade 6

    At NPS, we direct all of our energies on the decade of childhood, for these very important reasons.

    • Because these are the most vital learning years of a child's life
    • Because it creates a safe, supportive school environment where kids are free to be kids
    • Because 6th Grade at NPS plays a key role in preparing students for the challenges of adolescence and for a successful transition to middle school
    • Because it helps students develop self-confidence that stays with them throughout their school years and beyond

    “NPS is a safe haven from the pressure to grow up too fast.”

  • Love & Learning

    At NPS we believe that love has an important role to play in student success.

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    Love & Learning

    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?
  • 21st Century Learning

    The NPS curriculum combines the time-tested with the new to prepare students for today's world.

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    21st Century Learning at NPS

    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
  • Character Matters

    NPS helps children become good people and good learners.

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    Character Matters

    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
  • After NPS

    NPS graduates go on to succeed in a wide range of outstanding schools.

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    After NPS

    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

News & Events

  • Field Day 2016

    Posted May 20, 2016

    Running, jumping, tug-of-war, hula hooping and so much more! Today was the great NPS Field Day and the shining sun even made a rare but brilliant appearance in the sky. Students in Grades 1-6 hiked down to Turtle Park for an exciting morning of friendly competition before heading back to school for a yummy pizza lunch and awards ceremony. After several years of White Team victories, the Red Team emerged victorious this year! Please visit the gallery for more photos of this wonderful day!

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News & Events

  • Field Day 2016

    Posted May 20, 2016

    Running, jumping, tug-of-war, hula hooping and so much more! Today was the great NPS Field Day and the shining sun even made a rare but brilliant appearance in the sky. Students in Grades 1-6 hiked down to Turtle Park for an exciting morning of friendly competition before heading back to school for a yummy pizza lunch and awards ceremony. After several years of White Team victories, the Red Team emerged victorious this year! Please visit the gallery for more photos of this wonderful day!

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  • Pictures of Practice: Social Studies

    Posted May 18, 2016

    On Tuesday, May 17th, the third graders took their annual trip to St. Mary’s City in Southern Maryland. The students have been studying the early colonies and learning about how the settlers lived, and this was their chance to see it all in action! At the waterfront, students learned about how the settlers traveled—the small spaces below deck, the kinds of foods they would eat on their voyage, as well as all the simple machines that the crew used to get the settlers to Maryland. The kids endured several tests of strength, using pulleys to lift cargo and pulling up the anchor, as well as tests of their stomachs’ strength as they learned about the honey bucket. The third graders also saw how Maryland’s first capital was laid out, and visited important businesses of the time. They visited the local shop where they could trade tobacco for more practical things like shoes and axes or objects to show off their wealth like glass goblets, using a wooden tablet to tally up their total costs. Students made indentured servant contracts at the print shop, as well as learned how the local inn operated. At the plantation outside of the city, they checked out livestock and saw the full process of growing tobacco, from seeds to plants to drying it and packing it into barrels for trade. They explored the inside of a house from that time, and even got to make some medicine, 1600s style. Despite the rain, our intrepid third grade explorers had a great time learning about the colonies firsthand!

  • Summer Horizons Camp 2016

    June 20 - August 26, 2016

    Each summer, play and laughter fills the halls and grounds of National Presbyterian School during our annual Summer Horizons Camp program. Our young campers (ages 3 -11) build self-confidence and form friendships while trying new things, investigating the world around them, and sparking their creativity with a range of projects and activities organized around a variety of exciting themes.

    This summer we are also offering the popular Camp Invention STEM program, as well as Basketball, Soccer and Ballet camps in August. Visit the camp pages to learn more about our special summer community at NPS!

    Registration is now open!

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Calendar

31 May Tuesday

Last All School Assembly & School Spirit Day

01 Jun Wednesday

Enrollment Contract Binding Date for 2016-2017

Chapel - Lower Division

Location: Jones Hall
Time: 8:35 AM
02 Jun Thursday

Chapel - Upper Division

Location: Chapel of the Presidents
Time: 8:35 AM
03 Jun Friday

Last Day of Spring ASP Classes

Noon Dismissal

  • Providing for Today, Building for Tomorrow: The Campaign for NPS offers a unique and immediate opportunity for everyone to invest in the education of our children

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