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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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NPS strives to create an environment where each member of the community feels welcomed and valued for who they are. We believe diverse perspectives enrich both the students' educational experience and the school community as a whole.

NPS Diversity Statement

We believe that diversity is more than tolerance or accommodation but is rather an informed understanding and acceptance of people, whose sense of identity is shaped by many factors, which, for example, may be influenced by race, color, or national origin, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, family composition, economic status, age, learning style or physical ability.
We believe such inclusivity is an ongoing process that enriches our school community and prepares our children for a global, multicultural world.
We are committed to building a diverse community and supporting students, parents, faculty and staff through classroom instruction, professional development, and extra-curricular programming.
- Written  by the faculty and staff of National Presbyterian School in 2016

Cultural Celebrations

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Our Community

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32% of students identify as people of color

38 countries represented among our family body

43 zip codes from DC, Maryland and Virginia represented among current student body

23% of families receive financial aid


Our Approach to Building an Inclusive Community

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Student & Family Experience

  • New Family Welcome events and Buddy Families
  • Socioeconomic diversity through a robust financial aid program
  • Parents Association
  • Parent Affinity Groups to facilitate connection and belonging
  • Friendship Groups among students
  • Buddy Program connecting students across grades
  • Mentor Program connecting Fourth Graders to NPS faculty & administrators
  • Cultural celebrations and acknowledgements in classrooms, Chapels and All School Assemblies
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Faculty & Staff Experience

  • Professional learning communities
  • Ongoing professional development in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices
  • Annual NPS Equity Institute for NPS and DC area educators
  • Faculty & Staff Norms foster a culture of respect, grace, collaboration  connection
  • Faculty & Staff Mentor Program
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In the Classroom & Curriculum

  • Morning Meetings
  • Grade-level community-building activities
  • Global and Social Studies curriculum
  • Learning through Social Justice standards
  • Social Emotional Learning curriculum
  • Service Learning activities across all grades
  • Visible representation of diversity in books, classroom displays and learning materials
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School Commitments

  • Building an Inclusive Community is a key imperative in the NPS Strategic Plan
  • Board level Diversity & Community Committee
  • Family recruiting efforts through partnerships and events such as Black and Latino Student Fund and Mocha Moms fairs
  • Faculty and staff recruiting efforts through partnerships and events such as the Diversity Hiring Fair
  • Equity and inclusion-centered professional development for all faculty and staff
  • Annual NPS Equity Institute for NPS and DC area educators



For Information about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at NPS

Kerry Richardson

Kerry Richardson

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Susanne Rusan

Susanne Rusan

Director of Curriculum & Instruction