Frequently Asked Questions

What are the times of the school day?

Students who arrive more than 15 minutes before classes begin go to before school care. Students are allowed to go to their classes/lockers to unpack at the following times:


Grades Start of Day Dismissal
Preschool Half Day 8:35 11:15
Preschool Full Day 8:35 3:00
K-2 8:30 3:10
3-5 8:25 3:15
6-8 8:20 3:18
What are the days for full or part-time preschool?

Our three and four year-old preschool programs are five mornings a week. If you prefer a full day preschool, you may choose from the he following full day options:  T/Th,  M/W/F, or M-F.

What are the age requirements for admissions?
Children applying for the morning preschool class must be three years old by September 1.  Children applying for the afternoon preschool class must be four years old by September 1. Children applying to kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1.
What is the admissions process?
Depending on the age and grade of your child, acceptance into NPES requires a family or parent interview, a completed application form and a $150 non-refundable fee. For more information, visit our Preschool Admission page or K-8th Admissions page.
Does my child need to be potty trained before starting preschool?
Yes. Before starting preschool in the fall, your child needs to be fully potty trained.
How is drop off and pick up handled?

NPES has a “kiss-n-go” drop-off policy in the active drop-off zone in front of the school on Montrose Ave. Middle school students, under the supervision of faculty members, serve as safety patrol during drop off to assist younger children getting into and out of cars safely. 

Dismissal is supervised by faculty and staff members. Preschool through 2nd grade students are dismissed from our play lot, while 3rd-5th grade students are dismissed from the front doors. Parents may utilize the drop-off zone on Montrose Ave if they choose.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due on the first of every month. Parents make payments for tuition and fees directly to Blackbaud Tuition Management (formerly, Smart Tuition) through their family account. Blackbaud Tuition Management assesses a $40 late fee for payments received after the due date. See our Tuition and Fees page for info.

What after school activities are available to students?
NPES offers an array of before and after school activities to students including band, musical theater, Model UN, computer coding, and basketball, to name a few. Visit our Beyond the Classroom page to learn more.
Is lunch provided?
Students in preschool through 8th grade may bring lunch from home. NPES also offers hot and cold catered lunches through Gourmet Gorilla. All recipes are taste-tested by kids during school visits by Gourmet Gorilla staff. To order lunches, visit Gourmet Gorilla and enter NPES school code no108. All lunches need to be ordered by Wednesday evening for delivery during the following week.
What if my student needs supervision beyond the school day?

There is care available for all students before and after the standard school day for an additional fee. Before care opens at 7:30 am and after care runs until 5:45 pm. Additionally, a variety of after school club and activities are offered.

What is the class size at NPES?

 Classes are capped at 24 students, with the exception of preschool 3, which is capped at 20 students.

What is the student to teacher ratio?

Student-to-teacher ratios are different for different grade levels. They are generally as follows: 

Middle School 18:1
4th/5th Grade 16:1
K-3rd Grade 12:1
Preschool 8:1



Parents and guardians are welcome to join us for one of our Admissions Coffees from 9:15-9:45 am followed by a school tour from 9:50-10:30 am.

To register for an Admissions Coffee please complete this Inquiry Form.

Please note that if you are attending an Admissions Coffee in-person, attendance will be limited to 30 individuals and we require that all attendees show proof of full vaccination prior to being admitted into the building. Masks are required at all times. All attendees will be emailed a Zoom link one week prior to the Admissions Coffee, should you decide to attend the information portion of the event virtually.

Admissions Coffee Dates:

Tuesday, December 7
Wednesday, January 12
Thursday, February 17
Wednesday, March 16

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