OUR NEWEST PROGRAM! Stay & Play *** temporarily suspended due to COVID-19***

Open to parents, grandparents, and caregivers of little ones 

Girls on playground

Class Offerings and Program Overview

St. Raphael Nursery School offers an early-childhood program with something for everyone—from classes for 3- and 4-year-olds to our popular transitional class for older 4’s called 4-Plus, as well as Stay & Play drop-in sessions for toddlers and their parents. Our play-based curriculum follows the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Academic Standards. Play is an extraordinary learning tool that bolsters imagination, facilitates problem-solving, supports motor development, builds vocabulary, and enhances social skills.

At SRNS, we focus on the whole child—spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially—to foster a safe environment for exploration, resulting in a positive first-time school experience that puts the child on track to a lifelong love of learning. Our early-childhood program includes biweekly visits from our religion and music teacher and weekly visits from our Spanish teacher. In music/religion, the children sing and dance, play percussion instruments, and learn seasonal and liturgical songs (at the Christmas pageant, both music and religion are on full display!). Our Spanish enrichment is taught through songs and games, where the children learn basic vocabulary, including numbers, colors, clothing, parts of the body, family, animals, and food.

Our variety of classes allows for flexible scheduling. Tuition shown below is the September-May monthly rate unless otherwise noted. Lunch Bunch is included in the 4's and 4-Plus programs, as well as the full-time 3's. Parents of children in the 3's morning program have the option of adding Lunch Bunch. All students must be potty trained.

The best way to experience SRNS is through a tour, which offers you the opportunity to observe classes in session. We invite you to call Julie Cress at 301-762-2143 to schedule a visit, or you may submit this form for further information.  


Printable class offerings        Folleto en español


2021-22 Preschool Classes



Child must turn 3 by Dec. 31 of school year

Days of week Time Cost per month
Catholic / non-Catholic
Tue / Thu 9:15-11:45 AM $336 / $353
Mon / Wed / Fri 9:15-11:45 AM $496 / $521
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri 9:15 AM-2:45 PM $9,800 / $10,800 annually



Child must turn 4 by Dec. 31 of school year

Days of week Time Cost per month
Catholic / non-Catholic
Mon / Wed / Fri 9:15 AM–12:45 PM* $568 / $597
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri 9:15 AM–12:45 PM* $935 / $982
Mon / Wed / Fri 9:15 AM–2:45 PM $1,050 / $1,103
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri 9:15 AM–2:45 PM $9,800 / $10,800 annually



Child must turn 5 by March 31 of school year

Days of week Time Cost per month
Catholic / non-Catholic
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri 9:15 AM–12:45 PM* $935 / $982
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri 9:15 AM–2:45 PM $9,800 / $10,800 annually


* Due to COVID-19, Lunch Bunch will not be included in half-day classes, and sessions will end at 11:45 a.m.

Spanish is incorporated into the curriculum at SRNS.

Tuition Assistance

As the Archdiocese of Washington notes on its website, the ADW works hard to keep Catholic education as affordable as possible. To assist families, several tuition assistance programs are available through the archdiocese and other private organizations.

Additionally, St. Raphael Parish will also consider individual family needs and make tuition grants at the discretion of the pastor. All families requesting tuition assistance from the parish must complete the TADS financial aid form first. Please contact the school office for more information on tuition assistance.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call the school office at 301-762-2143 or submit your request online.