• 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

  • RSVP: Family Science Night 2016

    Posted February 4, 2016

    Thursday, March 3, 2016
    5:30 – 7:00 pm
    Jones Hall

    Students and families – come celebrate science at NPS! Spend the evening doing exciting hands-on activities which showcase and extend our wonderful science program from Nursery – 6th Grade. Planned experiments include: investigating color mixing, uncovering patterns, making model imprint fossils, building electric circuits, and designing a very tall tower. You will also have the opportunity to view our Lego robots in action! Get your passport stamped as you explore all the outstanding science exhibits to earn a prize. A3C students will be able to sign up for a pizza dinner before their families escort them to the Family Science Night. Click here to RSVP form and sign up to volunteer at a science booth! Please contact Dale Glass with any questions.

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News & Events

  • RSVP: Family Science Night 2016

    Posted February 4, 2016

    Thursday, March 3, 2016
    5:30 – 7:00 pm
    Jones Hall

    Students and families – come celebrate science at NPS! Spend the evening doing exciting hands-on activities which showcase and extend our wonderful science program from Nursery – 6th Grade. Planned experiments include: investigating color mixing, uncovering patterns, making model imprint fossils, building electric circuits, and designing a very tall tower. You will also have the opportunity to view our Lego robots in action! Get your passport stamped as you explore all the outstanding science exhibits to earn a prize. A3C students will be able to sign up for a pizza dinner before their families escort them to the Family Science Night. Click here to RSVP form and sign up to volunteer at a science booth! Please contact Dale Glass with any questions.

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  • A Brain Party in Upper Division Music

    Posted January 21, 2016

    How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

    The link above reiterates what we know to be true at NPS. Research has shown that playing a musical instrument increases fine motor skills and improves linguistic and mathematical skills. In addition, it enhances memory functions and the ability to pay attention to detail. At NPS, Upper Division students learn to play a variety of musical instruments, building upon the musical elements and concepts learned through singing in the Lower Division.

    >3rd grade students learn to play the recorder and to read/analyze musical scores.

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    4th grade students play as part of an ensemble using the Orff instruments, xylophones and metallophones.

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    5th grade students extend their skills through improvisation and complex arrangements, culminating in a dynamic performance of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Orff himself.

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    6th grade explore twentieth century music and become ethnomusicologists they delve into the music of Africa using the Orff instruments

    Not only do the students at NPS read notation, they create their own compositions and arrangements. This is highlighted in the Thanksgiving Service when the talented sixth graders not only arrange but also accompany the whole school. In addition, students in 5th and 6th grades have the opportunity to join the handbell choirs.

    Yes… there is a party going on in the brains of our students.

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Calendar

08 Feb Monday

Spring Session ASP Registration Period

Through: 2/10
10 Feb Wednesday

Ash Wednesday All School Chapel

11 Feb Thursday

Geography Bee

Parents Association Movie Night

12 Feb Friday

Teacher Professional Development Day: No School

Mini Camp

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 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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