My daughter is in her second year at NCS. If I had to summarize NCS, I would say it is the best education that money can buy. It literally, is impossible to not get a great education. The teachers are always good, and some are great. I don't want to attack anyone else's opinion or motivation for
... Read more posting, but the negative experiences some recount, I have not seen. When I bring up my daughter's challenges to this school, they care deeply. The administration is first rate. I don't know the headmaster, and I am not anyone important. The one cautionary thing I would say, is this school is about educational excellence. If you are going for any other reason, this school may not be for you. It is harder than any school I have seen. But this school cares, and you should not listen to anyone that says otherwise, it is just not true. The great majority of parents I have spoken to are highly satisfied with the school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/05/13
IThe atmosphere is toxic. Very few girls in my daughter's class were happy by 11th or 12th grade. The problem at NCS is that the administration just doesn't care about the emotional well being of the students. The head is completely disengaged from the life of the school. The culture of the place
... Read more is cold and competitive. If a girl has any issues, the administration's view is that she can't cut it and the other girls see any weakness as an opportunity to have one less girl to compete against. My daughter was a top student and hated being surrounded by girls who just wanted to check off the right boxes to get into the right college. She hated the fact that love of learning fell by the wayside. She hated the way girls could treat others so badly without anyone stepping in, standing up for a girl who is being victimized. (Fellow students and administrators). They give you the idea that this is somehow THE BEST school but there are so many others that engage and challenge girls, and teach them to care for each other. Stay away. You may think it will be different for you. I did and i was so wrong. Worst parenting decision I made. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/29/13
Don't be fooled by the money at this school. It is NOT the school is used to be and does not deserve the reputation it once did. We changed schools because the high school is run by administrators and teachers who do not care about education or students. They care about money, elitism and power.
... Read more We were shocked at the behavior we witnessed (by teachers and administrators) and there is no accountability since the Head of School is only interested in raising money. There is no, repeat NO, integrity at this school and the quality of education is not close to top level. The school needs a massive shake up before it can begin to compete with the other excellent schools in the area. Old or experienced teachers leave and young, frightened, and cowed teachers are hired. The girls suffer. Also--everyone knows the glowing reports written on this page were done as damage control by the admin. They are very worried about their reputation and think faking great reports will fool the public. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/03/13
I love my school, and I feel like I need to give a present-day student's POV. Looking through here, the main complaints I see are: You have to be DC elite: My mom is a middle school teacher and I've had no problem making friends. Nobody cares how much money you have. I don't even know what my friends'
... Read more parents do for a living. Nobody asks, because nobody cares about status. Simply if you're friendly, kind, and outgoing, people will like you. You only memorize: If you're a procrastinator who hasn't been constantly studying for a test. If you procrastinate, you'll likely find yourself cramming and memorizing instead of learning. Yet in the classroom, we're challenged to question & voice our ideas, as long as we have solid evidence. Teachers/admin don't care about the students, only reputation: This is just not true. Our mental health is placed before all else & every teacher is totally understanding if we need to reschedule a test or step out of the room. They're aware of the sometimes-stressful atmosphere, & they do their best to make sure we're not overwhelmed. The people saying otherwise are probably just bitter. No student I know feels that way. Read less
Posted by a other on 06/04/13
I have strong feelings about NCS. I attended many years ago and, while I found it very difficult, the teachers worked very hard to get me up to speed. I owe a great deal in my life to having had the privilege of going to NCS. My sister also attended and has been tremendously successful in her very
... Read more technical field, which she loves. A number of years ago I sent my daughter to NCS for 4-6 grades. Unfortunately, she has a chronic illness and struggled terribly. The teachers and the administration were excellent; nurturing, incredibly patient, and really first rate, in the face of a very challenging situation. NCS is a very competitive school and the parents send their children there to succeed, so be mindful that not every girl will be at the top of the class, and the focus is on academics, rather than happiness. However, the hard work will be certain to pay off in the long run, and I have never met an NCS graduate I did not find interesting and very intelligent. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/18/13
From a 2011 parent. Wonderful school, but not for everyone. My daughter thrived, but she was very social, smart and driven. If I had another daughter, I would think long and hard about sending here there, because the same place might not be right for her. We are upper middle class, but by no means rich.
... Read more There are plenty of "it" girls who do not come from the Washington elite. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/12/12
I had two children that attended the NCS lower school and while I loved the academics, wholesome activities, and friendships they fostered I would not recommend the lower school, if the perception of your family unit can even remotely be seen as negative by the teaching staff. The perception does not
... Read more have to be based in reality, yet a collaborative of assumptions based on a narrow mined view of what the ideal preferred NCS parent/student combination should be. The will target based on a perceived physical appearance. A gang of teacher s will work together to maintain their idyllic NCS perception, by making unsubstantiated negative comments about your child in progress reports. This is their way of forcing individuals they perceive as not being a good fit from wanting to stay. They are aware that no one is going to continue to pay tuition for services when the outcome is damaging to their child s confidence. They usually win the battle to push those students they have targeted out. It is a very refined, polished version of a gang mentality. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/28/12
Attending NCS was a wonderful decision for me. Being in college now, I've been able to look back and identify how NCS has shaped my growth. For me, the two most striking dimensions of NCS are the community and intensity. I really cannot speak more highly of the community. The bond developed between girls
... Read more here is unbreakable. Likewise, the small class sizes make it easy to get to know these devoted teachers. I actually still keep in contact with my favorite teachers, several years after graduating. Of course, the all-girls atmosphere has its highs (more openness to speak your mind, closeness with the girls) and lows (competitiveness and, let s be honest, no boys). Luckily, co-ed sports and classes keep boys in sight, but the competitiveness is more complicated. Sure, NCS was difficult the pressure to excel at your work amongst other brilliant students took mental fortitude, for lack of a better word but this aspect of NCS was largely responsible for my growth. If I could handle that, then gee, I could handle anything the world threw at me! Above all, NCS has helped me academically (its rigors prepared me well to face college standards) and given me the confidence to be a leader. Read less
Posted by a other on 08/21/12
As a recent graduate of NCS, I feel qualified to assess the learning environment. I am an excellent standardized test taker, and I don't mind working hard; however, dealing with the administration drained much of my potential and energy. For a place that aims to challenge every student, when I asked
... Read more to push myself further in areas of interest, I was repeatedly rebuffed. Seeing the accommodations NCS would make for other students in the face of their rigid stance toward me built up a lot of resentment. From unqualified teachers to absolutely appalling college guidance, I came to regret having attended. The simple fact is that I could not have switched schools and remained competitive in the college admissions process because of my poor curricular preparation at NCS. My family has severed ties with the school and I will be attending an esteemed Ivy League university, in spite of the administration's efforts to thwart that outcome. Read less
Posted by a other on 08/20/12
I could not have gone to a better high school, and no, my standardized tests are not perfect nor was I an exceptional athlete. I have always struggled with test-taking - standardized or not - and I found the NCS teachers to be readily available and very willing to help me through my test-taking struggles.
... Read more Additionally, I had some amazing coaches who helped shape my athletic career and discipline. When I first arrived at NCS in the ninth grade, I could not run a mile without walking. Now, the team attitude, discipline, and work ethic I gained from sports at NCS has shaped all aspects of my life. I would not be the same person without the opportunities NCS gave me at such a crucial point in my education. Sure, NCS is not for everyone, but the bonds you make with teachers and the friendships you form at an all-girls school like NCS are invaluable - to this day, my high school friends remain my best friends. NCS changed my life in the best way possible. Read less
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