Nursery Students in Classroom

How to Apply

We’re delighted that you’re interested in National Presbyterian 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.

National Presbyterian School is one of the DC area independent schools using Ravenna Solutions for the entire application process. Before beginning, you will need to create an account with Ravenna

Once you decide to apply, follow these basic steps:

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 17, 2020

Priority Applicants: November 18, 2019

We require that families apply online via Ravenna. The 2020-2021 application will be available Tuesday, September 3.

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 24, 2020

Priority Applicants: December 6, 2019

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 6, 2020

Making these decisions for young children, 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 entire admissions process is designed to get to know parents and applicants personally with a goal to have a dynamic, close-knit, inclusive learning community. 

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.

Admissions Decisions will be posted on Ravenna.


Contact Us

Katy Harvey
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
(202) 537-7508

Tianna Butler
Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Coordinator
(202) 537-7504

Admissions FAX: (202) 537-7568