Welcome to National Cathedral School

Since 1900, NCS has thrived educating a diverse group of young women of strong character, great intelligence, and skill. In addition, our students grow up in the light of the Washington National Cathedral, where they gather each week for worship.

Teachers here 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. When you visit you will see that our classrooms and hallways are lively with debate, scholarship, the next great idea, calls to service, and, of course, friendship. We are blessed by the company of 580 terrific young women.

NCS students take full advantage of our focused academic environment designed for girls while enjoying academic, extracurricular, and social connections with Saint Albans School for Boys on the beautiful 57- acre Cathedral Close.

NCS alumnae are the engine of a national school community with a faithful local base in the greater Washington area. Each year, they and our current parents support school life as speakers, volunteers, and expert resources. These family relationships tend to last a lifetime. This historic bond connects our graduates’ childhood education, their careers, and their families.

Be sure to explore our website to see the opportunities designed for students by faculty and staff, survey news of the girls’ achievements, and, most important, learn of their subsequent contributions to the greater community.


Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson

About > Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson

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    On October 3, 2003, Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson became the tenth head of school at National Cathedral School. Founded in 1900, it is a prominent, Episcopal independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 4-12. The school is located on the beautiful grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Mrs. Jamieson is a canon of the Cathedral.

    From 1998– 2003, Mrs. Jamieson was head of the Purnell School, a distinguished girls’ boarding school in Pottersville, NJ. Prior to that, Mrs. Jamieson served for 16 years at Princeton Day School (NJ) in a number of capacities, primarily as director of admission and English teacher. Early in her career, she taught English at University Liggett School (MI) and English, math, and science at Maumee Valley Country Day School (OH).

    Mrs. Jamieson holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, where she was the recipient of a Maryland Delegate Scholarship. She earned a master’s degree in education administration from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and she matriculated in the Klingenstein Program for Private School Leadership.

    Mrs. Jamieson’s professional interests include resourceful school management, the innovative application of educational research, the development of leadership in young women, and the elevation of the teaching profession.  At NCS she has initiated a comprehensive curriculum review and new teaching and learning initiatives, as well as new efforts to balance academic rigor with an expanded definition of health and wellness.

    She is the co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Independent Education and is on the Advisory Board of the Latino Student Fund. She previously served as trustee for: the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSAT); the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW); the Washington Scholarship Fund; and has served on accreditation committees for the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

    Her husband Dan is associate headmaster for development at St. Albans School, and they have three adult daughters.