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“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
“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.
National Presbyterian School (NPS)
4121 Nebraska Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
3rd grade students using the
engineering design process to
develop a system to use the
power of water to do work.