About

Quick Facts

Founded: 1933

Enrollment: 390

Student to Teacher Ratio 6:1

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Second 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 pm. Care is also offered for most teacher professional days and for events held after school.

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 57-acre grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. In 2013, the state-of-the art Beauvoir Outdoorsan outdoor play and learning environment, opened for our students and the public. The main academic building was opened in 2001. Beauvoir also has an outdoor pool (used for Beauvoir’s Summer Program), art studio, science lab, library, gymnasium, performance hall, music studio, playgrounds and gardens.

Child Care: Beauvoir's Early Learning Center provides care for infants and young children of faculty and staff members of the Cathedral schools. The program increases its size in the three-year old program, accepting siblings of current Beauvoir students.

Diversity: Enriched by the racial, cultural, national and socioeconomic diversity of Washington, DC, Beauvoir prepares students well for the world that awaits them. Beauvoir's student body is comprised of a fairly equal mix of boys and girls, with approximately 41% of the students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Financial Aid: Beauvoir offers nearly $1.7 million each year for financial aid to students. Beauvoir’s Admissions process is "need-blind," meaning all applications are given equal weight, regardless of ability to pay full tuition.

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, or Mandarin through after-school classes offered through the Beauvoir Language Institute.  

Library: Beauvoir’s Library has more than 17,000 titles 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. Beginning in the summer before their child's Third Grade year, Beauvoir's Director of Outplacement assists families through every step of the journey to determine the best school for their child. 

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