Skip to Main Content

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

To educate our students during the pandemic, National Cathedral School has developed a robust plan for 2020-2021—#NCSCloseApart—that adapts easily to whatever public health situation we are facing at a given time. Please visit our link below to get a sense of the many ways our community continues to grow and build through these unique times. Learn More

  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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$47,350
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
21%
Average Financial Aid
$30,372
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
1420
91 responses
Average ACT
33
78 responses

CELS: Center for Ethical Leadership and Service

At NCS, we teach that leadership means to pursue one’s passion with or without followers, and we believe that all students have the capacity to lead through their consistent actions in service of others.

Culture & Safety

Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 24 responses
  • Lessons and Carols
    25%
  • Music Day
    25%
  • Flag Day
    17%
  • Field Day
    13%
  • Diversity Forum
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Summer break because I hate it here
    4%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    595
    85%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    93%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
    Poll
    86%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
    Poll
    93%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    88%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
    88%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      C
    2. Good for Families
      A-
    3. Housing
      C-
    Median Household Income
    $82,604
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,487
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $568,400
    National
    $184,700

    National Cathedral School Reviews

    60 reviews
    All Categories
    The tuition is expensive and the school constantly asks parents to donate more money. The school even emailed the students and asked them for money! It’s a small school, but the head of the school can’t be bothered to respond to parent emails. If you put “Donation” in the subject line of your email you might get a response. If you mention "holding a fundraiser for the school” at your home, your chances of getting a response increase. If you’re concerned about your daughter’s health or well-being, forget about it. You’ll hear crickets.
    Start Your Review of National Cathedral School
    Rate It!
    I’m not going to lie, choosing to go to NCS is a decision that haunts me. While it excels in every way possible academically, the teachers are amazing, and the resources & facilities are unmatched, the student body ruins everything for me. I have seen horrible treatment of other girls from the kids at ncs & the exclusion is rampant. For example, the girls who openly identify as LGBTQ+ (i do not however this is simply what i noticed) are often hanging by themselves and very clearly excluded. Parents, the allure of ncs is strong but please don’t send your child here. I wish I could leave. Coming here was the worst decision of my life. The overwhelming homework load, exuberant amount of stress & increasing tuition is not worth it. I am incredibly unhappy & everyday i think of ways to convince my parents to let me transfer. I’ve lost weight due to skipping lunch and dinner daily to try and keep up with the insane hours of homework. This school is unhealthy.
    I joined the NCS community in the fall of 2019, and as someone who first came from a public school, the first few months were an adjustment, but teachers were very accommodating and understanding of my transition. While NCS is a rigorous school, teachers are always there to help students do their best. As we transitioned to distance learning this spring, which was an adjustment for everyone, NCS staff and faculty worked hard to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone, and implemented different measures such as homeroom, cathedral, and assembly to help recreate a normal school day as much as possible, which I know I am definitely grateful for. Even with distance learning, teachers still make it a priority that we understand what we are learning, and even schedule one on one meetings, which is definitely helpful in preparing us for next year.