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The nursery school 

in the heart of Capitol Hill 

since 1963.


A community for play and learning


Our Story

For over 50 years, River Park Nursery School has provided an exceptional environment in which children ages 3 to 5 can play

and learn. 


RPNS is committed to offering a program of developmentally appropriate activities for nursery-school aged children, under the guidance of highly qualified professional instructors.  The program is designed to encourage individual growth, in a pro-social environment, and to foster exploration, creativity and good work habits through the experience of shared value and citizenship. 


With a teacher-student ratio of 5:1, River Park Nursery School offers highly individualized attention. Classes are held Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The school year runs from September through early June. Families may choose a schedule of 3, 4 or 5 mornings a week.

Strong parent involvement is an integral part of our school community. RPNS is a co-operative, parent-run organization and fully licensed in the District of Columbia.



We’re hanging up our sock hop cardigans this year, but we have some new ways to get your family dancing and eating while supporting the River Park community. We’re excited to launch our MiniHop series—a monthly local partnership to support River Park’s programs and operational costs.

Please join us at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant for River Park’s fundraiser! Tuesday, January 26th All Day & Evening

601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Washington, DC 20003

Join us at one of the Hill’s favorite pubs for some tasty food and drinks and 50% of your purchase will be donated to River Park Nursery School. Just mention River Park to your server or when you order takeout.



Please join us to learn more about attending River Park for the 2021-2022 school year.  We’ll be sharing information about the school and the admissions process, and you can virtually meet our teachers and students! 

If you have any questions about the 2021-2022 application process, they can be directed to