Norwood School

Norwood`s child-centered approach education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known.
As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers.
They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks.
They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How your lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives.
At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1952
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students456 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Norwood School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers68 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Nice school clothes; no jeans or t-shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 13
Yearly Tuition Cost$28,820
Tuition NotesK $28,820 plus $75 Parents Association fee; grades 1-2 $30,440 plus $75 Parents Association fee; grades 3-4 $31,880 plus $75 Parents Association fee; grades 5-8 grades $34.470 plus $75 Parents Association fee and $1,150 lunch fee.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$21,000
Admissions DirectorMimi Mulligan
Admissions AssociateJanet McDermott


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsArchery, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackArcheryBaseball,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyKayaking,
LacrosseRock Climbing,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
& Diversity (SUCCEED), Book Clubs, Competitive Math Teams, Debate Team, Ethnicity, GLOW, Math Clubs, Model UN, SEEDling, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Students Seeking Understanding & Celebrating Culture, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Suzuki Strings, Theatrical Productions

School Notes

  • At the core of Norwood are more than 60 years of proven excellence in educating and preparing children for the future. We believe that today`s students must be exposed to a comprehensive view of the world and be conversant with different cultures. Our students are guided to develop important 21st century skills: to think critically, creatively, collaboratively, and compassionately with a global perspective. We also believe that world languages, art, music, physical education, athletics should never be considered extracurricular subjects. Each is a vibrant program that is as much a part of the Norwood experience as other subjects. Our commitment is to nurturing the whole child and helping children discover their passions. 
  • Norwood teachers are highly skilled at blending the very best of traditional and innovative teaching methods to inspire analytical and critical thinking, strong oral and written communication, independent thinking, and leadership in teamwork. Lower school teachers understand the careful balance of nurture and challenge; middle school teachers provide the freedom and structure adolescents need to flourish. Norwood is an intentionally happy place where children feel safe, respected, valued, and loved. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive community, and our goal is for every child to leave at the end of the day excited to return the next morning. We celebrate children being children whether at work or at play.  
  • How you lead your matters-that`s Norwood`s motto. Character and spiritual education are everywhere in the classroom, the playground, and the athletic field. We are as committed to nurturing matters of the mind and matters of the heart in each and every child. And at the end of their Norwood journey, our students are fully prepared for the next step in their education. Admission directors at some of the most selective secondary schools have described our students as: critical thinkers, curious learners, leaders, participants, good school citizens, well-mannered, well-balanced, impressive young people, and intrinsically kind and caring. 
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  • Bethesda
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    2.1 miles
    6801 Greentree Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    (301) 365-3080
    2.1 NS-8
  • Potomac
    Grades: K-12 | 837 students
    2.2 miles
    10601 Falls Rd
    Potomac, MD 20854
    (301) 299-8500
    2.2 K-12
  • Potomac
    Grades: PK-12 | 558 students
    0.6 miles
    8617 Chateau Drive
    Potomac, MD 20854
    (301) 767-3807
    0.6 PK-12
  • Washington
    Grades: PK-12 | 1148 students
    7 miles
    3825 Wisconsin Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    (202) 537-8111
    7 PK-12
  • Bethesda
    Grades: NS-8 | 195 students
    4.8 miles
    7500 Pearl Street
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    (301) 654-5376
    4.8 NS-8

School Reviews

My daughter attended Norwood from K-8 and had a superb experience. At each grade, Norwood offers developmentally appropriate and wonderfully diverse opportunities for the kids to stretch themselves as leaders, public speakers, artists, athletes, performers, community members, scientists, writers, and citizens of the world. My daughter left Norwood with a strong moral compass and was able to thrive at a top academic high school.
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