4201 Albemarle Street, NW | Washington, DC 20016 | 202-742-1980

St. Columba's Nursery School: Building the mind, body, and spirit through active play



The St. Columba School Day
Times: 8:30 am-2:30 pm
Days: Monday-Friday
Ages: Open to all students ages 2-5 years

The St. Columba school day is designed so that children have time for long stretches of uninterrupted work and play; a generous schedule for science, music, and drumming, to make occasional field trips to local places like the library, and for diving deeply into subjects that interest them. It’s the perfect preschool day. Children bring their lunch to school each morning and eat it family-style with their friends and teachers. A quiet rest time after lunch ensures that every child has a chance to recharge for 30 minutes to an hour, and practice their daydreaming and self-quieting skills (we help!)

The Young Learner Transitional Day
Times: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Days: Monday-Friday
Ages: A limited number of spots are available for children 2-2.5 years

We have a limited number of spots in our Young Learner Transitional Day program, which is intended for children in our 2-year-old room who are very new to the school.  The YLT Day provides offers four hours of rich learning and active outdoor play in the company of similarly aged friends. The School serves a healthy snack mid-morning. Children bring a lunch from home each morning, which is eaten family-style with their teachers before heading home mid-day for a nap. Children in the YLTD day can opt to stay for the longer day as they become acclimated to school.

Rest & Play and Early Arrival

Rest & Play Times:  2:30 pm-6 pm
Early Arrival Times:  7:30 am-8:30 am  
Days: 3-day, 4-day, or 5-day
Ages: Open to all students.

The Rest & Play Option extends the school day until 6:00 pm for children whose parents need a full day of care in a safe and nurturing setting. Children have a snack and then engage in a variety of enrichment activities like STEM, art, cooking, drama, crafts and games.  Active playground play is followed by some quiet free play in our Center Space before pick-up between 4 and 6 pm.

Early Arrival allows families an earlier drop-off time beginning at 7:30 am.

If you wish to enroll in Early Arrival or Rest & Play, please contact Ann Spruill at (202) 742-1980 or (202) 468-4119 or aspruill@columba.org.

Up to half our our students take advantage or our Rest & Play program during the year.  Most begin the year enrolled for our 5-day program but children can enroll  at any time during the year – as a regular attendee or on a drop-in basis. When dropping in, we ask that you give the office advance notice so we can ensure that we are staffed for the number of children attending. Drop-in fees are billed monthly.

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Rich Learning and Active Outdoor Play





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Give us a call today. 202-742-1980