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National Cathedral School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
3612 Woodley Road Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
(202) 537-6300
School Information
"National Cathedral School is an independent day school for girls in grades 4-12...National Cathedral School is the oldest of the institutions constituting the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Our students and teachers are intimately connected to the Washington National Cathedral and other institutions on the Cathedral Close by ties that are spiritual, educational, and legal, and by traditions born of long association. The Cathedral is the venue for an all-school service that is held every seven school days, as well as for all major NCS events, from the opening of school to Commencement." The school enrolls over 590 students, has a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers "more electives in the arts, humanities, and sciences" at the Upper School level. (Source:
General Information
National Cathedral School announced that "Diversity training is required for all our faculty and staff." Students can participate in the school's DEI initiative through the Intersectionality Council, Diversity Forum, and Equity Board, among other initiatives.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As part of its 2018 Strategic Plan, and its goal to "advance an inclusive educational environment," the school said that it will "Expand training opportunities for faculty, staff, parents, and trustees regarding multicultural education, inclusion, and equity and opportunity for all."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school announced, "Faculty and staff are engaging in conversations to become more intentional about how to identify microaggressions, to convey that disrespect is not tolerated in any circumstance, to teach that misinformation and assumptions breed misunderstanding and misinformation, and to address these situations as immediately as possible." The school also said, "We are reviewing our student handbook and the policies therein with a lens toward fairness, equity, inclusion, and providing a safe and respectful environment for all community members. We want age-appropriate responses to educate and hold students accountable for actions that harm members of the community."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school announced that "Diversity training is required for all our faculty and staff." The school also stated, "The topics of our chapel and Cathedral services will also reflect our faith tradition and our school’s ongoing commitment to DEI."
  • City Journal reports, "National Cathedral School’s ten-step plan involved an anti-racist faculty reading group as well as work with the Glasgow Group consultancy." The report also said, "A National Cathedral update noted how teachers read Kendi, Robin DiAngelo, and other “DEI content” in the summer of 2020
  • The school said that it had conversations this summer and fall with students, faculty, staff, and alumnae to discuss race, systemic and institutional racism, microaggressions, and "steps that will move us toward being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community."
  • The school welcomed two co-coordinators of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Additionally, DEI consultants from the Glasgow Group will "support us in our work."
  • The school said, "NCS has provided more time and space in the school schedule for all students, faculty, and staff to engage in critical conversations around topics of race, anti-racism, social justice, and inclusion."
  • The school stated, "We are continuing to broaden the conversation around DEI to include parents and alumnae." The school hosted four "Diversity 101" for alumni and a "diversity parent conversation over Zoom."
  • The school's summer reading included "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo and "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The school's "the Governing Board formed a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) task force."
  • The school has expanded its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with a new "Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Ethical Leadership" and "new deans of DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging)."
  • Students can participate in the school's Intersectionality Council, Diversity Forum, and Equity Board. Faculty and staff have the "Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee," "In(clusive) House Professional Development Day," and SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) program. Parents can participate in Community Book Club and "Diversity Forum Annual Family Education Night." Additionally, the school sends students and faculty to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference, respectively.
  • The student Equity board joined a school official in "transforming Diversity Forum into a year-long program," with annual themes such as "Allyship" and "Media Matters."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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