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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 60 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 1:5, River Park Nursery School offers highly individualized attention. Classes are held Tuesday through Thursday 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The school year runs from September through late May. Families may choose a schedule of 3 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.

2023-2024 & 2024-2025 Admissions


Please join us at one of our open houses to learn more about River Park.  The application for the 2024-2025 school year will be available January 1st.  If you have any questions about the 2024-2025 application process or openings in our current 2023-2024 school year, they can be directed to 

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