National Cathedral School

Mt St Alban, Washington, DC 20016

After seven years of planning by Henry Yates Satterlee, the first Episcopal bishop of Washington, and local philanthropist and educator Phoebe Apperson Hearst, this girls’ school opened with an enrollment of 16 day students and 32 boarders. The school’s early years were closely linked with the beginning of the Diocese of Washington and the 1907 construction of the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. Today, NCS shares the 57-acre Cathedral Close with two related schools: Beauvoir, a coeducational primary school, and St. Albans, a boys’ school consisting of grades 4-12. Since the 1970s, National Cathedral has conducted a program of coordinate classes and activities with St. Albans. NCS is essentially a college preparatory school. A structured, interdisciplinary course of studies in the lower school (grades 4-6) prepares children for an increasing degree of latitude in course selection during the middle school years (grades 7 and 8). The middle school program emphasizes complex thinking, in preparation for the upper school (grades 9-12). The upper school curriculum features a full complement of Advanced Placement courses and electives. Girls at this level design their own course schedules around a core of college preparatory classes. Seniors may pursue special interests in greater depth through credit-bearing independent study. International programs include fellowships for travel and study abroad; community service in Haiti; and exchange programs with schools in London, England, Paris, France, and Cape Coast, Ghana. Opportunities in publications, art, music, drama and sports are numerous. Girls perform 60 hours of compulsory community service prior to the start of senior year.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Girls Grades 4-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full AddressMt St Alban, Washington, DC 20016
Year Established1899
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
AdministratorKathleen O'Neill Jamieson
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment583
Day Students583
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