Why Age 3 through Sixth Grade?

We understand that grade range is and should be an important factor in school choice. So why choose NPS, a school for 3 year olds through sixth grade?

We believe the Age 3 to Sixth Grade model is best for children.

We specialize in the “decade of childhood,” from the time that children are ready for an independent school experience until they are 12 years old and sit on the cusp of adolescence. As an elementary-only school, we celebrate these fleeting and foundational years, and we’re experts in serving the intellectual, spiritual and ethical formation of children.

At NPS, children can remain children a little longer.

The oldest students at NPS benefit from focused attention without the presence of teenagers in Seventh and Eighth Grade. Sixth Graders are intellectually mature and ready to expand their world views, yet they remain receptive to guidance from adults. Freedom from the influence of older students gives Sixth Graders more time to reflect on where they’ve been and who they want to be. They graduate from NPS well equipped to navigate the challenges that they will face in their teenage years.

NPS graduates are highly sought after by a wide array of schools in Seventh Grade.

Renowned for academic sophistication, confidence, and compassion, admissions officers who receive our students consistently comment to us that NPS is a favorite feeder because our graduates transition seamlessly both academically and socially.

Seventh grade is a good time to make a change.

NPS’ elementary school experience enables parents to make an informed decision about the best middle and high school fit for their child among the many and diverse options in the DC area. Students, meanwhile, are ready for a change and they’re excited about the opportunity to reinvent themselves when they transition to their new schools.

We invite you to learn more about our program, visit us, and complete an application for the upcoming school year.

Contact Us


Dr. Mary Dickerson
Director of the Lower Division
(Age 3 - Grade 1)

202.537.7526

Mr. Ben Ketchum
Director of the Upper Division
(Grade 2 - 6)

202.537.7513

Mrs. Tara Montague
Director of Studies

202.552.4265

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