National Cathedral School (NCS)

NCS is an independent day school for girls. We believe in the power of young women and educate them. These family relationships tend to last a lifetime.

Since 1900 NCS has educated a diverse group of young women of strong character, great intelligence, and skill. Our teachers respect and challenge each girl and inspire excellence, independence, self-discipline, and creativity. Consequently, students truly commit to their classes; they develop a strong work ethic; and they express themselves freely and fully. Our classrooms and hallways are lively

Operating as usual

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 04/01/2024

✨ Before spring break, 7th grade English students had a special treat! 🌸 They enjoyed a β€œSpa Day” in the Teaching and Learning Center, complete with soothing nature sounds and calming lavender scents. πŸͺ πŸ‹ While sipping on lemonade and munching on cookies, students delved into vignettes from Sandra Cisnero's book, "The House on Mango Street". πŸ“– It was a tranquil way to head into the break! 🌟

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/29/2024

πŸ§—β€β™‚οΈ The NCS Voyageur Indoor Climbing teams have been reaching new heights all winter season! πŸ”οΈ Our climbers demonstrated skill, determination, and resilience in reaching a second-place finish at the Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing League (WAICL)! 🎊 A special shout-out to Jax V. ’26 who was named 1st team All-WAICL, and Ella M. '27 who was named 2nd team All-WAICL. Great job by all of our climbers! πŸŒ„

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/28/2024

πŸ“šπŸ₯— Earlier this month, NCS welcomeFLIK Independent School Diningng (FISD) dietitian Rebecca Herrmann to present a lesson to Lower Schoolers. Herrmann read "A Garden in Your Belly," πŸ₯¦ 🍽️ a book by Masha D’Yans, and taught students about various food options and resources for nutrition education. 🍏

During lunchtime, students participated in an interactive tasting and learned about microbiomes and gut health. A kombucha tasting was a hit among the students, adding a fun twist to their dining experience! 🌟

The presentation was part of β€œBook Bites,” one of FISD’s signature programs designed to help schools incorporate wellness-centered themes into the classroom.

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/27/2024

πŸŽ‰ Before spring break, NCS hosted a vibrant Holi Celebration on the East Terrace! 🎨 Holi, the Festival of Colors, marks the arrival of spring with joyous festivities and the throwing of colors. 🌸 Students, faculty, and staff came together to enjoy the festivities and create memories before spring break! 🌼

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/26/2024

CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell delivered this year’s Janet Griffith Lecture on International Affairs. In her remarks to Upper School students, O’Donnell highlighted lessons in leadership shared by global figures, including Malala Yousafzai, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Madeleine Albright, Oprah Winfrey, and the four-star female generals and admirals in the U.S. military. πŸ’‘She urged students to trust their instincts and be "stubbornly strong". This annual Lecture honors former faculty member Janet Griffith who founded NCS’s International Program, now the Global Education Program, which is a key component of the Center for Ethical Leadership and Service. ✨

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/25/2024

A heartfelt thank you to all who joined us for the 2024 Spring Benefit! πŸ™πŸŽŠ Your presence, support, and generosity made the evening a success. From our sponsors and patrons to volunteers and donors, your support wasβ€”and continues to beβ€”inspiring. 🌟 Cheers to our wonderful community! 🌸

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/22/2024

πŸ•Œβœ¨ Honoring Ramadan: On March 12, our Muslim Student Association led a poignant Upper School chapel service, delving into the beauty of Islamic poetry and prayers. πŸ“–πŸ™ Students shared heartfelt reflections on their faith journeys, offering insights gained from observing Ramadan's spiritual practices. πŸŒ™πŸ’« It was a moving tribute to the power of faith and community.

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Cheers to our talented NCS Squash athletes for an outstanding winter season! πŸŽ‰ The team demonstrated incredible skill, determination, and teamwork. Congratulations to all the athletes for their hard work and sportsmanship. πŸ…Your dedication makes us proud! 🌟

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🌟 Earlier this month, our Lower School students embarked on an incredible journey during Discover D.C. Day! Fourth-grade students tackled challenge courses at Calleva, fostering teamwork and resilience.🌳 Meanwhile, fifth graders explored the U.S. Botanic Garden, immersing themselves in the wonders of nature before delving into a captivating "art investigators" program at the National Gallery of Art. πŸŽ¨πŸ’‘ Sixth graders had an enriching morning at Planet Word, followed by an afternoon of creativity and exploration at the Kids Museum in Bethesda and its maker space. πŸŒŸπŸ”­ What an inspiring day of discovery and learning!

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The final Lower School chapel service before spring break was truly special, centered around the theme of LOVE. πŸ’– πŸ“– Vestry students beautifully shared readings from Muslim writers, verses from the Qu'ran, and verses from the Christian tradition. In a nod to the beginning of Ramadan, Head of School Elinor Scully read "Love" by Matt de la PeΓ±a, prompting students to reflect on the love they give and receive from those around them as they embark on spring break. 🌷🌟 Wishing everyone a break filled with love and reflection!

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We're excited to share that Headfirst Summer Camps will be back on the Close for another summer packed with fun and learning! ✨ There's something for everyone from Pre-K to 7th grade, whether it's sports, arts, STEM, or innovation. 🎨 Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity! Enroll now while spots are still available. For more information, register for Headfirst’s webinar on March 27. Link: https://share.hsforms.com/13CQ5PwmxRGWC64tA1w53RAo7gl1

03/13/2024

🎢✨ Dive into the vibrant world of our 5th-grade Spanish class with this delightful video! 🌟🎀 The students, guided by the rhythms of the language, sang a captivating song about feelings. It's heartwarming to see their enthusiasm as they used their Spanish language skills to explore emotions. πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ΅

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/12/2024

✨ The Jewish Student Union sponsored an Upper School chapel service in late January. The theme, Tikkun Olam, meaning "to repair the broken world," is a core value in the Jewish tradition. Our students shared heartfelt homilies, reflecting on their own journeys with Tikkun Olam and the profound impact of acts of kindness, compassion, and tzedakah (acts of charity) in our world. 🌍🌟

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/08/2024

🌟 Powerful moments at NCS as our Lower School students celebrated International Women's Day with spirited marches around the Close. πŸ«πŸ’« Let's keep believing in ✨

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/07/2024

πŸ€πŸŒŸ Our NCS basketball teams showcased their skills and spirit throughout the winter season! From fast breaks to free throws, this season was a testament to our students’ dedication and teamwork. πŸŽ‰ Let's give a round of applause to all our athletes, coaches, and supporters for an incredible season! πŸ¦…πŸ”₯

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/06/2024

🎭✨ This past Saturday marked the final performance of "The Addams Family" by talented NCS and STA Upper School students! πŸŽΆπŸŽ‰ From its origins as single-panel comics in "The New Yorker" in 1938 to the Broadway adaptation in 2010, β€œThe Addams Family” has captivated audiences for nearly nine decades! πŸ“œπŸ’€ The Thespian Society was delighted to present their take on the storied family in this modern musical. 🌟

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/05/2024

πŸ“šβœ¨ Lower Schoolers are embarking on the March Readathon to raise money for CARE, an organization that works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice, especially for women and girls. πŸ“– The goal? To collectively read at least 150,000 pages. Friends and family are encouraged to pledge to donate to the cause if Lower School reaches the goal. Students kicked off this service-learning project by dressing up as their favorite book characters. 🌟 Let the reading adventures begin! πŸš€πŸ“š

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 03/04/2024

πŸŽ‰βœ¨ Feb. 29 marked 100 days until graduation/the last day of school. πŸŽ“ Our seniors and senior advisors celebrated the day by wearing special t-shirts designed by Eleanor D. ’24. Seniors handed out 100-day stickers to Lower, Middle, and Upper School students during morning drop-off. πŸš— ✨ A special breakfast for the seniors hosted by the Parents Association Grade Reps made the day even more memorable. Here's to the countdown to graduation! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“

03/01/2024

πŸŽ‰ Exciting news! We're thrilled to congratulate and welcome newly admitted students to our NCS community. We’re looking forward to a vibrant 2024-2025 school year. πŸ¦…βœ¨

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🎨 NCS’s Honors Art History class headed to the West Building of the National Gallery of Art to select works of art for formal analysis. The students toured and selected works from the Baroque, Rococo, Impressionist, and Early American galleries. Way to go, students! 🌟 πŸ–ΌοΈ

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πŸŠβ€πŸ’¦ We're bursting with pride over the phenomenal performances by NCS’s Upper and Middle School Swim and Dive Teams! Our athletes not only shattered records but also exemplified teamwork, resilience, and the spirit of true NCS Eagles! πŸ¦…

Join us in congratulating our Upper School Swim & Dive Team, which closed out a record-breaking season with a first-place finishπŸ₯‡ at the DCSAA championship. Also, congrats to our Middle School Swim Team for coming in 2nd place at their championship!

A huge shoutout to our coaches for their guidance, our athletes for their unwavering commitment, and the NCS community for their endless support. Here's to making more waves in the years to come! πŸŒŠπŸ…

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 02/28/2024

🌟 Our Upper School students had an inspiring session with Margaret Morrison ’11!

πŸ” Margaret initially set her sights on a medical career but followed her passion for the environment and changed her career path. Her journey underscores the power of following one's passion and curiosity.

🌊 Today, she works at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), researching climate mitigation strategies.

πŸ’‘ Some key takeaways from Margaret's talk:

- Prioritize both formal education and learning for self-fulfillment.

- Combine hands-on experiences with formal education to enrich your learning journey.

🌟 Thank you, Margaret, for inspiring our students to embrace change, explore their passions, and make waves in their fields! πŸŒπŸ’‘

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 02/27/2024

🎻🎢 NCS and STA students showcased their exceptional talent at the Cathedral Choral Society's D.C. High School Choir Festival! 🎡 Selected to be part of the honors orchestra, they joined voices with students from seven other schools, delivering a stellar performance at the National Presbyterian Church. Congrats to our talented students from NCS: Ophelia C. '27, Jackie C. '24, Amelia H. '24, and Molly S. '27 and from STA: Colin B. '24, Thomas P. '27, and Sanjan V. '26.

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 02/22/2024

🌱✨ Field trip fun! Last week, our 5th graders embarked on an exciting trip to Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek, Md. They explored the grounds, enjoyed tractor rides, and immersed themselves in the wonders of the wetlands. 🚜🌾

Learning about watersheds and water pollution, students gained valuable insights into environmental conservation. πŸŒŠπŸ”

02/21/2024

πŸ§—β€β™€οΈπŸ† Reaching new heights! Our climbers showcased their skills at the Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing League Championships. πŸ”οΈThe team tied for 2nd place among nine schools in the division.

Congrats to Jax V. '26 who led the team with 50 points and ranked 4th in the division. Kudos also to Katie J. '24 with 34 points, Findley S. '25 with 33 points, Emelina S. '26 with 32 points, Ginny S. '26 with 36 points, and Ella M. '27 with 39 points.

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02/20/2024

πŸ†πŸ“š Exciting news! NCS's literary-arts magazine, Half-In-Earnest (HIE), won first place in the 2023 American Scholastic Press Association annual contest! πŸŽ‰ Founded in 1932, HIE showcases student poems, essays, and artwork, including winning entries from the Hyde-Tuckerman writing competitions. πŸ–‹οΈπŸŽ¨ Huge congratulations to all the contributors featured in the 2022-2023 publication, with special kudos to editors Penelope J. ’23 and Grace B. ’24, copy editor Julia B. ’25, faculty advisor Rachel Greene, and the entire editorial staff! 🌟

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πŸŽ‰ Yesterday, Lower Schoolers celebrated Valentine's Day with grade-level parties, playing games, enjoying snacks, and exchanging cards! πŸ’– πŸ’Œ ✨ 🎈

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 02/13/2024

This morning, the NCS community gathered for a Cathedral service in honor of ! 🎢 We were honored to have Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan from Washington National Cathedral as our guest homilist. 🎡 🌟

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 02/12/2024

πŸ₯š Exciting times in 9th-grade physics! This month, students dropped eggs from the 3rd-floor balcony of Woodley North, showcasing their creativity in designing structures to protect the eggs from breaking. πŸš€πŸ« πŸ₯šπŸ”

Photos from National Cathedral School (NCS)'s post 02/09/2024

🎻 Our Middle School musicians had an amazing workshop with cellist Okorie Johnson last week! 🎢 Okorie "OkCello" Johnson's artistry blends classical cello with jazz, EDM, reggae, and funk. 🌟 The workshop was an incredible opportunity for our students to explore the intersection of different musical genres and narratives. 🎡 🎢🎼

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🎢✨ Dive into the vibrant world of our 5th-grade Spanish class with this delightful video! 🌟🎀 The students, guided by the...
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