A Cathedral School

National Cathedral School is the oldest of the institutions constituting the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Our students and teachers are intimately connected to the Washington National Cathedral and other institutions on the Cathedral Close by ties that are spiritual, educational, and legal, and by traditions born of long association. The Cathedral is the venue for an all-school service that is held every seven school days, as well as for all major NCS events, from the opening of school to Commencement.
Students have the opportunity to become members of the Whitechapel Guild of Bell Ringers, Cathedral Girls Choristers, and acolytes for Cathedral services.

Facts At A Glance

School Type: National Cathedral School is an independent day school for girls in grades 4-12.
 
Enrollment: 595 students.
 
Student/Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1.
 
Financial Aid: NCS awarded $3.9 million in financial aid to 19% of the student body for 2018-2019.
 
Campus: NCS is located at the intersection of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues in northwest Washington, DC, and is situated on the 59-acre Cathedral Close with Beauvoir School and St. Albans School.
 
Diversity: Students of color constitute 44% of the NCS student body.
 
Coordinate Program: NCS has a strong coordinate program of classes and extracurricular activities with St. Albans School.
 
Date Founded: October 1900. NCS is the oldest of the schools on the Cathedral Close and was built before the Cathedral itself.
 
Mascot: The Eagle.
 
School colors: Purple and Gold. The colors also serve as centers of school spirit: Upon joining NCS, each student and faculty/staff member is assigned to either the Gold Team or the Purple Team, and this designation will last for a person's entire career at NCS. (Those with older relations already assigned to a team may opt to join that team, too.) The two teams compete over the year for points, and the year's winner is announced at Flag Day.
 
The School Shield: It unites elements of the shield of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington with those related to Washington, D.C. On top is the Jerusalem Cross, symbol of the kingdom of God and the city of Jerusalem. The five crosses traditionally are said to symbolize the five wounds of Christ. Below are elements from the D.C. flag, which is based on the Washington family coat of arms: a white field with two horizontal red stripes and three red stars. The middle star has been replaced by a crown of five towers, a form that in heraldry indicates a principal city, a capital, or the seat of a bishop.

College Matriculation

Graduates from the Classes of 2016-2019 matriculated to the following colleges (bold denotes 3 or more matriculations):
 
American University
Amherst College
Barnard College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Bucknell University
University of California, Los Angeles
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
Christopher Newport University
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
University of Colorado, Boulder
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
University of Delaware
Denison University
Drexel University
Duke University
University of Edinburgh
Elon University
Emory University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
University of Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College
Hampton University
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Juniata College
Kenyon College
King’s College London
Lafayette College
Lesley University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
McGill University
University of Michigan
Middlebury College
New York University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
University of Oxford
University of Pennsylvania
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of St. Andrews
Scripps College
Sewanee: The University of the South
Skidmore College
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
University of Texas, Austin
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
U.S. Military Academy
University College London
Vanderbilt University
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
College of William and Mary
University of Wisconsin, Madison
College of Wooster
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale University