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.


This month we are excited to partner with Jeni’s Ice Cream at Barracks Row. From today through Nov 29th, Jeni’s will donate $2 to River Park for every pint sold. Just present this digital flyer for in-store purchases or use the promo code RIVERPARK online for local delivery*. Stock up on your favorite Jeni’s flavors for Thanksgiving, and help River Park in the process!



The 2020-2021 school year is now closed. 

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


River Park Nursery School

212 East Capitol Street, N.E.

Washington, DC 20003

 (202) 546-7767

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