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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade

Quick Facts

Founded: 1933 

Enrollment: 365

Student to Teacher Ratio 6:1 

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade

Accreditation: Beauvoir is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Beauvoir is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW) and many more professional organizations.

After Beauvoir Center
: When the school day ends, Beauvoir offers the After Beauvoir Center (ABC), which remains open until 6 p.m. Care is also offered for most teacher professional days and for events held after school. Until further notice, ABC will be held on a virtual platform and will not be in person. Virtual ABC will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Alumni: Beauvoir’s alumni number over 4,500 adults and children. The Office of Institutional Advancement plans reunions each year for 4th, 8th, and 12th graders, as well as various activities for adult alumni. Check the Alumni page for more information.

Campus: Beauvoir’s home is on the stunning 59-acre grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.  Beauvoir uses the entire Cathedral Close as an extension of our classrooms, including Olmstead Woods and the Bishop’s Garden. In 2013, the state-of-the-art Beauvoir Outdoorsan outdoor play and learning environment, opened for our students and the public. Beauvoir’s buildings and grounds include an art studio, science lab, library, gymnasium, dining room, performing arts space, Spanish and music rooms, Innovation Lab, and Children’s Garden.  Beauvoir also has an outdoor pool that is used for Beauvoir Summer.
Child Care: Beauvoir's Early Learning Center provides care for infants and young children of faculty and staff members of the Cathedral schools. While the ELC gives priority to children of Beauvoir faculty and staff and the other Cathedral institutions, we are open to all families.

Diversity: Beauvoir is deeply committed to creating an equitable community for all that values and respects families, faculty and staff of all faiths (or none), family structures, sexual orientations, gender identities, and racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In order to sustain an equitable community for all, we understand the need to educate and support the learning of each of our community members. Beauvoir has a full-time Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion who continues to support our personal and professional development as well as our continued evaluation of our culture, policies and practices. We believe that a community that values and respects the multitude of human identities and experiences not only fosters empathy, but also strengthens our practices, encourages excellence, and creates a sense of belonging. 

Enrichments: Beauvoir offers an average of 50 enrichment classes per semester to its students after school Monday through Friday, with new courses and registration beginning each fall, winter and spring. Until further notice, enrichments will be held on a virtual platform Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required. 

Financial Aid: Beauvoir offers nearly $1.7 million each year for financial aid to students. Beauvoir’s admissions decisions are need-blind and independent of Financial Aid decisions.
Languages: Students in all grades, pre-kindergarten through third grade, are taught Spanish. Additionally, the School offers Spanish-language lunches for native speakers. Students can also explore Spanish, French and Mandarin through after-school classes. 

Library: Beauvoir’s Library has more than 17,000 print, media, and digital titles and items that are tailored to young readers. 

4th Grade Outplacement: Consistently, more than 95% of Beauvoir students are able to attend their first choice school for Fourth Grade. The Outplacement Team guides parents throughout the entire Outplacement process.  The Team advocates for students for a keen knowledge of each child and a strong relationship with other schools.  Beauvoir children enter the next step of their educational journey with confidence and a love of learning.

Beauvoir Views Fall 2022

3500 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 537-6485
Fax: (202) 537-6512

Our Mission

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.
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