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National Presbyterian School (NPS)

4121 Nebraska Ave. NW




“NPS excels in providing a strong academic program, coupled with character education and teaching the students to become global citizens in an ever-changing world,” says Head of School Malcolm Lester.

At NPS, teachers celebrate childhood, the time of life when the greatest leaps of learning occur.

“Childhood gets our full attention. Our faculty and staff are experts at helping children learn and grow—intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually,” notes Lower Division Director Laura Primrose, who recently celebrated 25 years of teaching at the school.

Plans for a combined nursery and elementary school as an educational mission of National Presbyterian Church (NPC) were first presented in 1961. The school opened in 1969, coinciding with NPC’s move to the Nebraska Avenue site of the Hillcrest Children’s Center in Tenleytown, DC. The school was initially a cooperative program for three- and four-year olds and, after gradual and deliberate expansion, the first sixth grade graduated in 1986.

“Building on this illustrious 50-year history, NPS has a bright future indeed,” adds Lester. Today, NPS offers 300 boys and girls from age three to grade six the highest quality education in an environment where children feel loved and respected. Students are challenged by an engaging academic program that blends tradition and innovation. The emphasis on the school’s Core Values helps students learn and practice what it means to live morally and ethically.

“We provide children the guidance, challenge and support they need to develop as successful learners and good people. Our graduates go on to great success in middle school where they are known for academic sophistication, confidence and compassion,” says Susanne Rusan, director of upper division and outplacement.

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