Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School

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At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning. Located on the breathtaking campus of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, is a leader in early childhood and early elementary education and serves approximately 390 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade. Beauvoir loves and understands young children, and the School’s research-based approach to teaching and learning provides exceptional academic preparation integrated with an emphasis on social-emotional and character development. “Beauvoir” is derived from the French words for “beautiful view,” and the School knows that the best education occurs when children are engaged, excited, and motivated by a "beautiful view" of learning. In Beauvoir’s joyful and welcoming environment, students are valued, challenged and nurtured, and their natural curiosity and capacity for wonder are celebrated and considered central to learning. Founded in 1933 as a primary school for future students of St. Albans School and National Cathedral School, Beauvoir became a separate, independent school within the Cathedral system six years later. The close relationship with the National Cathedral and the other two Cathedral schools endures and enriches the sense of community and shared values across generations. As an Episcopal school, Beauvoir welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while also celebrating its Christian tradition, and students and adults together practice the School’s Life Rules of kindness, respect, responsibility, and honesty. Beauvoir alumni are prepared not only for academic and intellectual success but also to be engaged, moral, thoughtful citizens of the world.

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  • Age Range:  Prek - Grade 3
  • Years Established:   1933
  • Enrollment:  390
  • Average Class Size:  6:1 Student Teacher Ratio
  • Tuition:  $35,975
  • Who you serve:  Co-ed, Elementary, Episcopal, Preschool

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    Beauvoir has been a great school for many years, but I’m not sure the new administrative vision is inline with what all the parents want. They do a great job with kids, but should work on the parent-approach a bit.

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