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National Presbyterian School is a co-educational school of approximately 300 students located in Northwest, Washington, DC.



School Community

  • 300 students enrolled in Pre-K 3 - Grade 6
  • 43 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
  • 38 countries represented among our family body


Students filing into Chapel of the Presidents for Upper Division Chapel

& Traditions




  • Founded in 1969 as a mission of the National Presbyterian Church
  • NPS graduated its first class of Sixth Graders in 1986


Four boys playing on playground smiling

& Divisions

Grades & Divisions

Lower Division

Pre-Kindergarten 3: 2 classes
Pre-Kindergarten 4: 2-3 classes
Kindergarten: 3 classes
First Grade:  3 classes

Upper Division

Second Grade: 3 classes
Third Grade: 3 classes
Fourth Grade: 2 classes
Fifth Grade: 2 classes
Sixth Grade: 2 classes

Average Class Size: 13 students


Music teacher leading class with hand movements


  • 62 Full- and Part-Time Faculty Members
  • Average teaching tenure at NPS: 7+ years
  • Student teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Specialist Teachers: Reading, Math, Science, Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Religion, Physical Education, Counseling, Library and a Learning Specialist
  • All grade levels have at least one Teaching Associate in addition to the homeroom teachers.


Smiling girl walking into school


Regular School Day

Morning Drop-off: 8 - 8:30 am
School Hours: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm (Monday - Friday)
Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 Schedule Options
  • Five mornings 8:30 am - Noon (Pre-K 3 only)
  • Five mornings and 3 afternoons until 3:15 pm (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
  • Five full days 8:30 am to 3:15 (Monday-Friday)

Before & After School

Early Birds: 7:30 - 8 am
After 3 Club: 3:15 - 6 pm


NPS School Building with NPC Bell Tower in background

& Facilities

Campus & Facilities

  • Located in Northwest, Washington, DC within walking distance of Tenleytown Metro station
  • Shared 12-acre campus with National Presbyterian Church
  • Securely fenced outdoor play area including playground structures, sport court, and turf field
  • School building has a gym with 3 adjoining flexible multipurpose rooms, library with technology lab and makerspace, art and music studios, a science lab, and specialists' classrooms for math and reading
  • Weekly chapel for Upper Division Students and special ceremonies are held in the Chapel of the Presidents and Sanctuary of National Presbyterian Church


Girls of different ages holding hands in a game

& After School

Before & After School Care Enrichment

Early Birds: 7:30 - 8 am
After 3 Club: 3:15 - 6 pm
Students in all grades may enroll full time, particular day(s) of the week, or attend on a drop-in basis. Learn more.

Before & After School Enrichment

After School Programs (ASPs): 3:15-4:15
NPS offers ASPs in the Fall, Winter and Spring for students in all grades. Learn more.



NPS crest and red cardinal spirit mascot

& Mascot

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.

School Crest

  • The two bars and three stars at the top are taken from the Washington, D.C. flag, which was modeled after the family crest of George Washington.
  • The diagonal cross bars of St. Andrews represent the Presbyterian Church's Scottish heritage.  
  • Also pictured are:
    • the lamp of learning
    • the book of knowledge
    • laurel branches, representing success
    • the cross of The National Presbyterian Church


"Spirit," the Cardinal


Student-made stained glass hand