The Nora School

The Nora School is a progressive, college preparatory high school 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 student trip that follows the path of Civil Rights from Atlanta, Georgia to Selma, Alabama, individual College Counseling, and weekly Advisory meetings.
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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild LD ADD ADHD
Year Founded1964

Student Body

Total Students53 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade The Nora School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average ACT score27
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$33,000
Tuition NotesAdjusted Tuition for families.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMarcia Miller


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Rock Climbing, Soccer, SoftballBasketballRock Climbing,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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 is 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.

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The average private school tuition in Silver Spring, MD is $9,649 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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