Quick Facts


  • Pre-Kindergarten 3 through Grade 6
  • Two Divisions: Lower (Pre-Kindergarten 3 - Grade 1) and Upper (Grades 2-6)

History & Traditions

  • Founded in 1969 as a mission of the National Presbyterian Church
  • Independent, co-educational day school
  • Located in upper Northwest Washington, DC
  • Students dress according to a dress code
  • School Mascot: Spirit the Cardinal
  • Transportation is not offered to or from school, but the school will assist parents in forming neighborhood carpools.

School Community

  • 290+ students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten 3 - Grade 6
  • Student body represents 38 different zip codes in DC, Maryland and Virginia
  • 32% of the student body identifies themselves as African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American, Middle Eastern America, international, or multiracial.
  • National Presbyterian School abides by the non-discrimination policies established by the National Association of Independent Schools; admissions decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin.


  • Faculty Members: 55
  • Percent with Advanced Degrees: 69%
  • Average teaching tenure at NPS: 7+ years
  • Student teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Specialist Teachers: reading, science, Spanish, technology, art, music, drama, religion, physical education, counseling, and library
  • All grade levels have at least one Teaching Associate in addition to the homeroom teachers.
  • NPS devotes considerable time and resources to professional development in all areas of curriculum and instruction so that the faculty stays current on best practices in the field of education.

School Hours

  • Kindergarten - Sixth Grade School Hours
    • Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 3:15 pm. After school care is available every day until 6:00 pm.
  • Pre-Kindergarten 3 and Pre-Kindergarten 4 School Hours
    • Five mornings 8:30 am -Noon (Pre-Kindergarten 3 only). Options to add three (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) or five afternoons (Monday through Friday) until 3:15 pm. After school care is available every day until 6:00 pm.

Campus & Facilities

  • National Presbyterian School shares the beautiful 12-acre campus of the National Presbyterian Church, conveniently located in Northwest Washington, DC.
  • A securely fenced playground, featuring a sport court area with basketball hoops, multiple playground structures, Imagination Playground equipment, amphitheater, and soccer field, is adjacent to the School. The grounds of the School and Church feature sculpture, fountains, gardens, lawns and mature trees.
  • The school building features a gym with 3 adjoining flexible multipurpose rooms, library with technology lab/makerspace, art and music studios, a science lab, and specialists' classrooms for math, reading, learning, and Spanish.
  • Weekly chapel for upper division students and special ceremonies are held in the Chapel of the Presidents and Sanctuary of National Presbyterian Church.
  • All homerooms in Grades 1-6, and most specialists' rooms, are equipped with SMART Boards.

Before & After School Care

  • Available for all students, Pre-Kindergarten 3 through Grade 6. Before care (Early Birds) begins at 7:30 am. After school care (After 3 Club) concludes at 6:00 pm.


  • Enrichment Classes are available after school to students in all grades. Offerings may include art, music, writing, geography, math, technology, video production, student newspaper, cooking, languages, sports clinics, martial arts and many more.
  • Interscholastic Sports are offered for Grades 5-6, including soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, with intramural opportunities in these sports for students in Grade 4.


Accreditation and Memberships

AIMSMDDC_Accred_CMYK_811_HR.jpg NPS is accredited by both The Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation is granted for a period of ten years, after which the School must go through a rigorous process of reaccreditation.

NPS is subject to a variety of District of Columbia regulations regarding the health and safety of both students and employees.

In addition to membership in AIMS, the School is also a member of Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), DC-Project Zero, East Ed, the Teachers of Color Preparatory Institute (TCPI), the Black Student Fund, the Latino Student Fund, The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education, the Parents Council, Elementary School Heads Association, Independent School Management, Educational Records Bureau, The Enrollment Management Association, and the National Business Officers Association (NBOA)