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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade

Visit Our Playground

Studies show that time spent playing outdoors boosts a child's happiness, health and confidence. Young children learn through free, imaginative play, which is crucial for physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. At Beauvoir, we encourage natural curiousity and exploration in a joyful and safe environment and provide children with numerous opportunities to gain confidence, learn new skills, improve decision-making and form strong bonds with the natural world. 

Beauvoir's play equipment was manufactured by Richter Spielgeräte GmbH. This choice addresses Beauvoir’s views on education, health and early childhood development, and respects the preferences and concerns voiced by our neighbors in community meetings. The play equipment consists of natural materials with natural finishes intended to blend into the landscape, which is the foreground for the Cathedral tower. There are no bright-colored plastic or steel structures.
Beauvoir's playground and its structures are intended for children of diverse ages. We realize that children have different capabilities to learn, play and grow. No structure is suitable for every child and depends on their abilities. Adult supervision is required at all times.

Playground Hours

When school or camp is in session, the playground is open to the public from 5:30 p.m. to dusk.

When school and camp are not in session (including weekends), the playground is open from dawn to dusk.

Summer 2022 Playground Hours for the Public
  • June 21-July 29— 5:30 p.m. to dusk
  • Weekends and holidays—8:00 a.m. to dusk
  • August 1-September 5—8:00 a.m. to dusk
  • September 6—2022-2023 school year begins


After school and on the weekends, parking is plentiful on the Cathedral grounds. Please do not park in the neighborhood.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Are there restrooms?

    We regret that we are unable to open the restrooms on the weekends, so please plan accordingly. 
  • Can we bring food and beverages?

    Yes. Families are welcome to bring food and drinks to the playground. We ask visitors to kindly take out what they bring onto the playground. Large amounts of garbage should not be thrown away in the trashcans on Beauvoir's playground. Please check around to be sure all garbage and food scraps have been picked up.
  • Are dogs allowed on the playground?

    For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on Beauvoir's playground at any time.
  • Can we rent the playground?

    No.  Beauvoir's playground is not available for rental.
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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