School begins soon! We’re excited to welcome our new class of 2019-2020. New families will receive a mailing soon.  Look for an email and USPS mail in your mailboxes in the coming week.
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 (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, making occasional field trips, and diving deeply into subjects that interest them. It’s the perfect preschool day. The school serves a healthy snack mid-morning. Children bring their lunch to school and eat it family-style with their friends and teachers. Depending on their age, children have quiet play or rest time after lunch to recharge their batteries.

BearCub Twos
Times: 8:30 am-12:30 pm or 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Days: Monday-Friday
Ages: Childen in the BearCubs must be between ages 24 and 30 months to be a BearCub.

BearCubs can opt for the St. Columba Day (8:30 to 2:30) or the Young Learner Transitional Day (8:30 to 12:30). The school serves a healthy snack mid-morning and childern bring a lunch from home. Lunch is eaten family-style with the teachers. After lunch is nap either at home or at school depening on the day lenghth you choose.  As your YLTD child grows, you may opt for a longer day later in the school year. Both Rest & Play and Early Arrival are open to BearCubs.

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 coverage in a safe and nurturing setting.

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

You can enroll in these programs at any time during the year – as a regular attendee or on a drop-in basis. 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.

If you wish to enroll in Early Arrival or Rest & Play, please contact Allison Basil at (202) 742-1980 or email


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Rich Learning and Active Outdoor Play