We’re delighted that you’re interested in National Presbyterian School, a true elementary school serving Age 3 through Sixth Grade.

We realize that the process of finding the right school for your child can seem overwhelming. So we try to make our admissions process easy to navigate, enjoyable, and educational for you.


Please take some time to get to know NPS by exploring our website, contacting us with questions, or scheduling a visit. Once you decide to apply, follow these basic steps:

How to Apply

National Presbyterian School is one of the DC area independent schools now using Ravenna Solutions for the entire application process.

Before beginning, you will need to create an account with Ravenna. From there, you will be able to complete the application steps described below.

Determine the grade to which you are applying

Nursery - Age 3 by September 1; must be toilet trained

Pre-Kindergarten - Age 4 by September 1

Kindergarten - Age 5 by September 1

Grade 1 and up - Next sequential grade or as determined by parents and NPS

Submit an application

Deadline: January 12, 2018

Priority Applicants: November 20, 2017

We require that families apply online via Ravenna. The 2018-2019 application will be available Tuesday, September 5.

Attend a parent visit

A parent visit is required for all applicant families who don’t currently attend NPS. These informative meetings are a great way for you to take a first look at our school and ask questions. You may schedule a visit before you submit an application, and once you apply, we will consider this application requirement complete.

Bring your child for a visit

Playdates for applicants to Nursery (age 3), Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten give us an opportunity to observe children as they play and take part in other classroom activities under the supervision of NPS educators. Applicants to Grade 1 or above spend a full day visiting in a classroom at their current grade level.

Once you apply, you will sign up for your child’s visit on your NPS application page in Ravenna.

Recommendations, Testing and Transcripts

Deadline: January 19, 2018

Priority Applicants: December 8, 2017

All applicants attending a school or daycare must ask their current teacher to submit a recommendation. Students applying to Kindergarten or higher grades must also complete testing – WPPSI-IV (under 6 years old) or WISC-V (6 years or older).Click here for a list of local testers. Additionally, those applying to Grade 2 or above must submit a transcript from their current schools.

Once you apply, you will send (or delegate) the recommendation form to your child’s teacher on your NPS application page in Ravenna. Transcript request forms are also available there. Both transcripts and testing should be send directly to the NPS Office of Admissions.

Opportunities to Explore NPS

We invite families to further explore NPS by attending a variety of events including Open Houses, Assemblies, Chapel services, holiday celebrations, and other community events during the school year. Learn more on the Visit NPS page.

Admissions Decisions

Notification Date: March 2, 2018

Making admissions decisions about children as young as 2 or 3 years old admittedly is more art than science. We use the range of information we gather through the admissions process, but we have no rigid formulas or checklists. The main thing we look for is fit—our goal is to have a rich, warm, and diverse learning community at NPS, and the entire admissions process is designed to identify children who will thrive here.

Admissions Decisions will be posted on Ravenna.


Contact Us


Katy Harvey
Director of Admissions
and Financial Aid

202.537.7508

Robin Baker
Associate Director of Admissions
and Financial Aid

202.537.7504

Admissions FAX: 202.537.7568

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