The Nora School is a progressive, college preparatory high school for socially conscious students in Silver Spring, Maryland that is intentionally small by design. Grades 9-12. A nonprofit school with 501(c)(3) status.
The Nora School's mission is to guide students to identify their talents, understand where their challenges lie, and honor their unique identities.
We work toward this goal through a diverse, active curriculum that utilizes pedagogical and operational strategies to promote social equity, justice, and environmental stewardship.
Social Education strategies include monthly Community Service projects, a Social Justice Travel program that follows the path of Civil Rights from Atlanta, Georgia to Selma, Alabama, and an Experiential History trip in the Dakotas and Montana
Social/Emotion learning is supported through small classes, weekly Advisory, individual college counseling and a experience with students with anxiety, depression and/or ADHD.
Students often attend Leadership Conferences in and out of the state, and internal classes such as Future Issues, Global Communities, and Environmental Science bring focused learning to important topics.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 61 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $33,000
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
61 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
The Nora School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
8 students
List of Courses Offered
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Adjusted Tuition for families.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Marcia Miller


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
Chess Club, Photography Club, Prom Committee, Student Government Association, Yearbook Committee

School Notes

  • The Nora School offers a college preparatory curriculum on the edge of revolutionary and small classes in a relaxed, nurturing environment.
  • The Nora School aspires to uncover and strengthen the intelligence and talents of bright students who have been frustrated in school.
  • Their frustration may stem from a variety of sources: learning disabilities, health problems, family circumstances, or simply dealing with large bureaucratic structures.
  • The Nora School assists students in turning their lives around, to get them excited and confident about learning, help them take responsibility for their actions and their lives, and view the world more critically, and to prepare them for post-secondary education.
Profile last updated: 07/21/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 61 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $33,000
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Silver Spring, MD is $12,115 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Silver Spring, MD is 76% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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