Welcome to Admission and Financial Aid at NCS
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NCS is an educational community which inspires each student to become her best self. NCS students are confident, creative, independent, and resilient. Our program is designed to capture students’ intellectual curiosity and fuel their academic, artistic, athletic, and personal growth. NCS’ identity as an Episcopal school and historic affiliation with the Washington National Cathedral provide a remarkable opportunity to learn and grow in the embrace of a spiritual community that honors people of all faiths, nurtures each community member, and values service to others.
We take pride in our warm and inclusive community and hope you will take the next step in discovering it for yourself. Please come visit our campus, take a tour, and see NCS in action.
We look forward to meeting you and your family, and sharing the NCS experience.
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
National Cathedral School
Ms. Wilkinson comes to NCS from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, where she was assistant director for Upper School admissions and financial aid. Prior to Sidwell, she served as director of admissions for grades 9-12 at the Bentley School in Oakland and Lafayette, CA. Her experience in schools includes the position of Middle School director at the Park Day School in Oakland, CA (2007-2010), and several leadership roles in admissions and counseling at the San Francisco School and Menlo School in California.
Ms. Wilkinson holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego, and an M.A. in Education counseling from the University of San Francisco.
Associate Director of Admission
Maureen Miller joined the Admission Office in 2002 after moving to Washington from Chicago. She advises current families through the financial aid process and interviews Middle and Upper School applicants. Maureen has worked with girls applying to all three divisions, and finds that each age group brings its own unique characteristics to the admission process.
Prior to coming to NCS, Maureen worked at non-profits in Chicago and Washington. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois. One of her favorite aspects of life on the Close is the performing arts program and she especially enjoys listening to the choristers at Evensong. She also loves to read and spends as much time as she can visiting her three sons and their families.
Associate Director of Admission
Molly is happy to be back on the Close, nineteen years after she graduated from NCS. Molly interviews and works with Middle and Upper School applicants and families through the application process and coordinates the Student Ambassador program. She also serves as a Ninth Grade advisor and is the faculty co-advisor to the "It's Academic" club. Her favorite classes as a student at NCS, World Geography and Writing Seminar, continue to be popular today.
Prior to returning to NCS, Molly spent three years at director of alumnae relations at Emma Willard School, a girls' school in Troy, NY. Prior to that, she worked in parks and environmental advocacy in New York City. Molly earned her Bachelor's degree in American Civilization from Brown University, and her Master's degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. She loves traveling, and spends her free time doing crossword puzzles, reading, and exploring DC with her husband and daughter.
Ryann Williams Berry
Ryann is a fifth grade English teacher and an Assistant Director of Admission to the Lower School. Ryann works with Lower School students and families looking at NCS. On any morning, you can find Ryann welcoming students on tours or teaching some of her favorite literature to students in the fifth grade pod. Ryann also administers all lower school assessments and organizes lower school admissions events.
Ryann is currently a faculty representative to the NCS Board of Trustees. Prior to joining NCS, Ryann served on the faculty at St. John’s College High School and Montgomery College. In addition to her work in the education field for the past eleven years, Ryann also worked on several social marketing campaigns surrounding health, education and transportation issues. She earned a B.S. cum laude in Speech Communication from Syracuse University and a M.A. in Public Communication from American University. Ryann is an avid sports fan and enjoys cheering on her beloved DC sports teams.
Liz joined NCS in July 2008, after many years of working with children of all ages in both private schools and in supportive child development settings. A product of both an all-girls’ high school and college, Liz brings a steadfast appreciation for the unique successes and rigors of an all-girls’ education to her role in the Admission Office. She earned her BA in English from Briarcliff College, and has completed graduate work in education at Columbia University's Teachers College.
Liz is also a life-long and active Episcopalian, both in her own Episcopal parish as well as the Diocese of Washington. She appreciates the values of tradition, integrity, and community that Episcopal schools instill in their students, and is happy to support NCS’ mission in meeting that goal. In her personal life, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and gardening.
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