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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A

Applying

Application Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$45,440
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
19%
Average Financial Aid
$34,233
From National Cathedral School

At NCS, we believe in the power of young women, and our education is built around the needs and strengths of girls. Teachers maintain a friendly and nurturing relationship with each student, providing rich opportunities for intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Our girls develop a sense of responsibility to each other and the world around them, and we live out this value through a commitment to community service. As a Cathedral school, we explore what it means to have faith, and our proximity to federal Washington provides students with many opportunities to engage with a larger world.

Our girls become deeply connected to one another: The friendships formed at NCS abide long after graduation, and our alumnae come back to campus often to strengthen those connections.

Come visit us and see for yourself how NCS is a school for girls like none other.

National Cathedral School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1410
78 responses
Average ACT
33
64 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Music Day
    29%
  • Lessons and Carols
    24%
  • Flag Day
    19%
  • Field Day
    14%
  • Diversity Forum
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    A-
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    595
    82%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
    91%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    83%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
    83%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
    83%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
    Living in the Area
    A
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      C-
    2. Good for Families
      A-
    3. Housing
      C-
    Median Household Income
    $77,649
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,424
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $537,400
    National
    $184,700

    National Cathedral School Reviews

    50 reviews
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    Our daughter joined NCS in 7th grade and she has had an incredible experience. She is a junior now and has loved all of the opportunities the school has provided her academically, intellectually, athletically and socially. The girls were incredibly welcoming when she joined which says a lot as middle school can be an exceptionally challenging time to be the new girl. She has been challenged for sure (which we love!) but more importantly, she has been supported by her teachers, her advisors and her friends. This is one very unique school and we are grateful she is having this experience.
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    I loved NCS. I came in fourth grade and stayed until ninth. This school is such a nurturing environment where girls really learn how to stand out and make a difference. It’s important that girls learn their worth at a young age in order to grow up to be confident and independent. NCS really makes sure that that happens.
    As for diversity, they are really improving and getting rid of the stereotype than only rich white kids can go. There is a Black Student Union and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance which not all private schools have.
    My one complaint would be the academic rigor. It is true that NCS does assign quite a bit of homework, and in my opinion this can sometimes be busy work.

    In lower school (fourth through sixth) I did not find the classes challenging as there was no level system. Lower school provides more emphasis on organization and preparation for Middle School than anything else.
    I loved NCS though, and really felt valued during my time there.
    Starting school
    At NCS is the most academically enriching and happiest experience for the kids. It is hard to imagine a better group of teachers. They are beyond kind, but they are also creative, passionate about their subject and make sure the kids know and understand the subject material. This is not some warm and fuzzy place where you don’t learn anything. At the same time, the teachers are incredibly attentive and concerned about eaCh individual child. What strikes me the most is the inventive ways the teachers create a love of learning in the girls. For example, at ten yrs old my daughter now adores Shakespeare and knows the story line of at leAst 6 Ohio plays. We love NCS.