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Parent Handbook- Introduction




The Naval Academy Primary School Association, Incorporated is a private, nonprofit Maryland corporation, formed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a school to provide a high-quality preschool through fifth-grade education for children of persons eligible for membership in the Association. Order of priority for membership in the Naval Academy Primary School Association is listed in the school’s corporate bylaws (available at www.

The Naval Academy Primary School (NAPS) is dedicated to providing a substantial elementary school education—including an extended-care program—in an environment conducive to learning. The enrollment ranges from 265 to 285 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school endeavors to limit class size as follows: ten for 2-day-a-week pre-kindergarten; ten for 3-day-a-week pre-kindergarten; fourteen for 5-day-a-week pre-kindergarten; sixteen for kindergarten; and eighteen for first through fifth grade. The small classes promote close interaction between teacher and child. Small classes also provide great flexibility in adapting individual lessons to challenge each child at his or her ability level. Teachers work with the students in all areas of development.

NAPS is not a federal entity. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components, and the school has no government status. • NAPS is a provisional member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and is seeking accreditation. • NAPS falls outside the jurisdiction of the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education. • NAPS is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


The Naval Academy Primary School began in the early 1900s as a nursery school for children of Naval Academy faculty and staff, both military and civilian. Two sisters, the Misses Liza and Mary Magruder, operated the school, often referred to as The Magruder School. From the school’s inception until the late 1940s, it was housed in a succession of locations: the east end of Dahlgren Hall; the lower level of the Naval Academy chapel until 1913 when John Paul Jones’s body was placed in the chapel’s crypt; and Isherwood Hall, a building subsequently demolished to provide the site for Alumni Hall.

In 1949, the school moved across the Severn River into a building that formerly housed a BOQ and later an officers’ club annex. The school continues today in this delightful location on Mill Creek, only minutes away from the Naval Academy and historic Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city.

In March 1943, construction was completed on a new BOQ at the Navy’s Radio Transmitter Facility (RTF) located on Greenbury Point across the Severn River from the Naval Academy. These quarters housed an influx of military personnel working at the RTF during the height of World War II. When the war ended, the number of officers stationed at the RTF declined and occupancy at the BOQ fell significantly. In 1947, this BOQ was converted to an annex for the nearby Naval Academy Commissioned Officers Mess, and included a dining hall, ballroom, bar, bowling alley, and guest rooms. In 1949, the seldom-used mess annex was turned over to a group of military parents supervising the operation of the Naval Academy Nursery School then located in a golf shack at Perry Circle near USNA’s gate eight. The Navy gave the group permission to convert building 74 for use by the Naval Academy Nursery School. In 1953, the Naval Academy Nursery School Association was chartered and recognized by the Maryland Secretary of State as a nonprofit Maryland corporation. Five years later, the school’s name was changed to Naval Academy Primary School.


The administrative and financial management of the school is vested in the NAPS Board of Directors with daily operation supervised by the school director. The board of directors comprises the school director, a staff representative, and officers who are elected by and from the NAPS Association members. Board members serve two-year terms and may stand for reelection. The board, which meets monthly, operates under the rules set forth by the school's by-laws.


Administrative: Director, Finance Director, Admissions Director, Office Manager, Receptionist, Healthcare Coordinator, and Custodian.

Teaching: nineteen classroom teachers, six special-subject teachers (art, computer, French, library, music, and physical education), one resource teacher, seven teaching assistants.

Extended-care program: supervisor and six assistants

Age Requirements

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten:

Pre-kindergarten 2 days a week Tue & Thur:  age three by 09/01/ of school year

Pre-kindergarten 3 days a week Mon, Wed, & Fri: age four by 12/31/of school year

Pre-kindergarten 5 days a week: age four by 09/01/of school yeear

Kindergarten 5 days a week:  age five by 09/01/of school year

Regardless of age, all children must be toilet-trained (see HEALTH section)