• 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

  • Keep Counting on Your Fingers, Experts Say

    Posted April 28, 2016

    In a recent article for The Atlantic, Jo Boaler, Professor of Education at Stanford Univerity’s Graduate School of Education, uses new evidence from brain science to support the belief that young children should be allowed to use their fingers to count. Boaler highlights a study published last year concluding that we “see a representation of our fingers in our brains, even when we do not use fingers in calculation. The researchers found that when 8-to-13 year olds were given complex subtraction problems, [an area of the brain that actually creates visuals of fingers] lit up, even though the students did not use their fingers. This finger-representation area was, according to their study, also engaged to a greater extent with more complex problems that involved higher numbers and more manipulation.”

    This research further supports our work in math at NPS where finger counting, or what Boaler terms a “visual engagement” with math is one of many skills our students learn at an early age as they strive for math fact automaticity. Unlike the trend of many schools and programs to ban finger counting in the early years as “babyish” or something to abandon as soon as possible, NPS teachers view the use of fingers as yet another tool to support arithmetic skill, counting, and number sense. By the end of 2nd grade, the goal for all students is to be able to recall basic addition and subtraction facts to 18 with ease in preparation for future work in multiplication and division. However, the road to math fact automaticity at all levels is paved with multiple visual representations and finger counting tops the list! Questions about NPS’s math curriculum and/or curriculum in general? Contact Betsy Williams, Math Specialist, or Tara Montague, Director of Studies.

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News & Events

  • Keep Counting on Your Fingers, Experts Say

    Posted April 28, 2016

    In a recent article for The Atlantic, Jo Boaler, Professor of Education at Stanford Univerity’s Graduate School of Education, uses new evidence from brain science to support the belief that young children should be allowed to use their fingers to count. Boaler highlights a study published last year concluding that we “see a representation of our fingers in our brains, even when we do not use fingers in calculation. The researchers found that when 8-to-13 year olds were given complex subtraction problems, [an area of the brain that actually creates visuals of fingers] lit up, even though the students did not use their fingers. This finger-representation area was, according to their study, also engaged to a greater extent with more complex problems that involved higher numbers and more manipulation.”

    This research further supports our work in math at NPS where finger counting, or what Boaler terms a “visual engagement” with math is one of many skills our students learn at an early age as they strive for math fact automaticity. Unlike the trend of many schools and programs to ban finger counting in the early years as “babyish” or something to abandon as soon as possible, NPS teachers view the use of fingers as yet another tool to support arithmetic skill, counting, and number sense. By the end of 2nd grade, the goal for all students is to be able to recall basic addition and subtraction facts to 18 with ease in preparation for future work in multiplication and division. However, the road to math fact automaticity at all levels is paved with multiple visual representations and finger counting tops the list! Questions about NPS’s math curriculum and/or curriculum in general? Contact Betsy Williams, Math Specialist, or Tara Montague, Director of Studies.

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  • Spring Admissions Preview

    Posted April 15, 2016

    Curious about the independent school admissions process for fall 2017? Want to beat the rush of the fall admissions season? Come learn about the steps you'll need to take and get your questions answered! Children are welcome and optional tours will be offered. Questions? Contact Katy Harvey. Click here to register.

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  • 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

30 Apr Saturday

Spring Fling!

03 May Tuesday

Musical All Day Tech Rehearsal

Coffee & Conversation: Kindergarten Transition to 1st Grade

Time: 8:15 AM
04 May Wednesday

Chapel - Lower Division

Location: Jones Hall
Time: 8:35 AM

Musical Student Matinee

Time: 10:30 AM
05 May Thursday

Coffee & Conversation: Nursery Transition to Pre-Kindergarten

Time: 8:15 AM
  • 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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