This was by far the worst teaching experience I have ever had. I have taught in several schools, including colleges and high schools; my immediate boss was nasty and our department gave tests that reflected the ability of students to memorize and repeat, not learn and think. I have had wonderful teaching experiences in a variety of different public and private settings, but I will never send my daughter here. For a place that claims to be Christian, it falls far short as it waters down the so-called "chapel" services and buckles to whatever the wealthy parents and students want at the expense of academic and Christian integrity. It's a shame because the school could be such a wonderful place.
Parents, I would not recommend sending your child to NCS if she does not enjoy or does poorly at standardized tests. As I student, I am constantly tested throughout the week with various assessments. Usually it ranges from 2-3 lengthy quizzes, an essay/writing piece, and a major assessment/project per week. Because of this, my classmates and I have become easily stressed. My family has become concerned as well, noticing that I have slightly obsessive-compulsive tendencies to my schoolwork. My main concern of this rigorous testing is that I'm not sure what I'm taking in from my classes. Am I learning or just memorizing for the test?
I would not recommend NCS to anyone who s child is not a good standardized test taker or who cannot afford to get tutors to teach them to pass the standardized test. In middle school if you do not score average to above average on the standardized test, the administration does their best to convince you that your child needs testing or has a learning disability. She could be an excellent student with great class test scores, however in the 8th grade the administration all of a sudden finds her weakest standardized test score and that grade in the correlating class begins to fall. There is a false sense of intelligence here because of all the tutoring that takes place and your child is compared to all the other children being tutored to test. Although when speaking with parents and administration all pretend this is not happening, but the children talk about their tutors. Bottom line NCS wants to avoid poor standardized test takers making it to high school and taking the SAT. This process reduces a child s confidence making the education less than worthy.
NCS is located on the beautiful Cathedral grounds which itself is inspiring everyday. It is known for its intense academic program, which I can say can get challenging. When you go to NCS you need to know its not for the social life. You will be pushed to your limits but in the end the benefits are immense. It really does prepare you for college, and once you make it through you'll look back and thank the teachers for the excellent education. NCS is not a school for you if your not willing to work hard.
Alumna review: National Cathedral School does have a well-deserved excellent academic reputation. As well, the college admissions list each year is exceptional, truly one of the most competitive schools in DC, if not the nation. The alumnae list is star-studded with the daughters of world leaders. Yet, all of this high achievement comes at a significant price. The homework load is absurd. There is a lot of pressure to enroll in AP courses, varsity athletics, and extracurricular activities whether or not that level of activity is appropriate for the child. Competitive pressure comes from the administration, teachers, parents, and the students themselves. Girls who are "type A" and have a healthy self-image might thrive. Anyone with low self-esteem, any academic challenges, or even mild AD/HD will likely have trouble at NCS. It's also a hard place to fit in socially if your family is not of the DC power elite.
I am a parent of an NCS girl and can tell you that NCS is one of the toughest schools probably in the US. The caliber of girls is the nicest part of the school but the administration is not really what you would expect. The school is run by a bunch of power hungry women who like to always dictate.The college guidance is worthless-the kids are on their own and the counselors are really dead weights.The intensity of the academics and expectations are sometimes unreal and inhumane. There is no compassion in this cathedral school and the relentless pressure every day sometimes takes its toll on families. The only good thing is that the friendships and bonds formed here are really nice and some of these girls will become leaders of tomorrow. Don't think that by sending your daughter here, she will automatically go to an Ivy.
my daughter has been happy there for 6 years....great teachers, the girls know who they are and are ready for the anything when they graduate.
i love ncs i transfered 2 years ago and i am finding it amazing. the girls are very friendly, the sports and academics are intense
I recently graduated from the National Cathedral School (NCS) and would recommend it very highly as an excellent school for young women. I love NCS and would send my own daughters there in a heart beat. Academically: NCS is challenging but more than prepares its students for any college work load. I loved all of my teachers. They actively encouraged me to stretch myself academically. Athletically, NCS provides a range of sports and opportunities for students who are varsity or merely interested in a simple work out. There are number of clubs and societies that allow students to express themselves artistically and to give back to the community. NCS is an Episcopal school but focuses on a pluralistic understanding of religion rather than christian one. It would behoove someone looking at NCS to take into consideration the competitiveness of the community. Students are very driven and that is not an environment for everyone
I have been a student at NCS now for three years. I absolutely love NCS and am very happy with it. I would only recommend this school to girls who are serious about their schoolwork and are willing to work very hard in school. I have not found the homework to be too much, but have heard classmates complain. NCS is a great school for girls who want to at least make a dent in the world. I have met many friends at NCS and look forward to returning each September. I do plan plan on leaving NCS until high school graduation.
An Alumna of the school, I feel strongly that NCS offers one of the best educational opportunities for young women not just in Washington, but in the United States. The dedication of the faculty to their students is unparallelled. The diversity of course offerings is unique. The individual characteristics of the intellectually curious, young female student are cherished and nurtured. An ideal environment for the student who enjoys academic challenge.
Academic quality - 5 Availability of music, art, sports, etc. - 5 Level of parental involvement - 5
I am a student at National Cathedral School (NCS). My parents have decided that I should transfer schools, half way through my first year. I enjoyed attening National Cathedral school to an extent. The teachers did not want my mother to come inside the building or ask questions about the curriculm or my grades. When I left I was just starting to make friends and I feel as if I have missed out on a great oppurtunity. The principal made new rules for us. I love the extracurricular activities. I helped publish a literary magazine and run literary workshops. The parents are utterly uninvolved, I would have given them a zero if it were possible. The students are very helpful, kind, and studious. They accept new students with joy.
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