At St. Columba’s Nursery School, we believe that each child, each family, and each staff member has an infinite capacity to learn and grow. We cultivate their God-given and unique abilities in a joyful atmosphere of supported inquiry, sociability, and inclusion.
The Nursery School will open at 10 am Tuesday, March 4th, as DCPS has announced a 2-hour delay. The rest of the day will operate under the normal schedule with usual dismissal times. We will do our utmost to follow DCPS, but please watch for further information, as the Nursery School sometimes has to close even when DCPS remains open. STAY TUNED.
To make an application for our 2014-2015 school year, please come to one of our open houses. Admission open houses will be begin at 9:30 am and are held in the Great Hall of St. Columba’s Church. The dates for this year’s open houses are:
October 29, 2013
November 13, 2013
December 11, 2013
January 14 and 22, 2014
February 5 and 21, 2014
Our admission procedures are simple: You must attend an Admission Open House (required for your application to be accepted), complete our one-page application form, and submit your application by the due date with the application fee. No play date or testing is required.
Parents may submit an application for their child only after attending any of our several Admission Open Houses held in the months of November through February. Completed applications should be accompanied by a check for $50. We do not require testing or an interview for general admission. You can find the application for the upcoming school year here once it is updated.
Although we normally begin the year fully enrolled, occasionally we do have spots come open during the school year. If you are hoping to apply for the current school year you may print and complete this application 13-14 Application (PDF). Please call the office if you wish to inquire about the waitlist and the likelihood of a mid-year admittance, (202) 742-1980.
After applying, children with known special needs are invited to come to a play date with their parents so that we can determine how we might best be able to support them in our St. Columba's program. We take children with a variety of challenges but do best with children who are interested in socializing with others and have some language abilities. A top priority for us is making sure that we are the right institution for helping each child grow. The morning visit gives us a chance to get to know your boy or girl to ensure that our program has the ability to meet his or her needs and help them develop.