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 13, 2017

Priority Applicants: November 21, 2016

We require that families apply online via Ravenna.

Submit Answers to Parent Questions

We ask that you answer two parent questions. Please know that we are not checking grammar or evaluating your eloquence, we really just want to know what information you're seeking about NPS and anything else you want us to know about your child and family. There is no word limit for these answers, but please feel free to be as brief as you like.

You will input your answers to the parent questions on your NPS application page in Ravenna.

Attend a parent meeting

A small group or individual 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 20, 2017

Priority Applicants: December 9, 2016

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.

Optional Visit Opportunities

We invite applicant families to attend optional 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

Notified: March 3, 2017

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


Robin Baker
Associate Director of Admissions
and Financial Aid


Admissions FAX: 202.537.7568

The application for the 2017-18 school year is now available.

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