With the admission application dates behind us, families and admission committees both turn themselves to the same thought – is this school the right fit for my/this child? At Norwood, the admission committee focuses on questions such as: Will this child thrive in our broad-based rigorous academic program? Do the parents believe in our educational philosophy which values exposure to art, music, and athletics as well as reading, writing, and arithmetic? Will this child embrace our guiding words, “How you lead your life matters.”? There is no one aspect of a child’s file that answers all of these questions. Reading through a child’s file is a journey to understand who that child is, what makes him/her sparkle, how he/she thinks, what motivates him/her, how he/she can contribute to our community, and how can our learning community bring out the best in him/her as a student and a person .
At Norwood, when it comes to making admission decisions, there are many different voices around the table -- classroom teachers , principals, learning specialists, and admission professionals The conversations are long and thoughtful. When we determine that Norwood is a great fit for an applicant, we do so with the belief that this is the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the entire family. We recognize that parents too are seeking this kind of meaningful relationship with a school. We appreciate that parents feel a great deal of pressure to find that “perfect-fit” school. While we cannot make the decision for you, we hope that as a school we have provided you with all the information you need to make your decision. If parents have lingering questions about any of the schools they are considering for their child, now is the time to ask. As the old saying goes, “The only silly question is the one you don’t ask.” So talk to your friends, colleagues, teachers, and the admission office teams. And remember we all have the same goal: to find the best-fit school for the child.