No and we celebrate this fact. We receive applications from children who attend over 100 schools in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. A kindergarten class is typically made up of children from more than 20 different schools and programs.
All aspects of a student's file (school transcript, teacher recommendation(s), parent interview, performance on required testing, Norwood visit, and parent interview notes) are reviewed carefully by the appropriate Admission Committee. Admission Committees include admission officers, teachers, learning specialists, and principals. Admission decisions balance the Admission Committee's assessment of a child's preparation for the grade to which she/he is applying and its effort to enroll a well-balanced class.
We will mail you a postcard when your application is complete. If your application is incomplete in late January, we will send you a postcard indicating which pieces are outstanding. You can always check the status of your file by logging into your Norwood application and clicking “View Status”.
Qualified applicants receive either a letter of acceptance or one offering a place in the wait-pool. Those who are accepted receive an enrollment contract which must be completed and returned to the School with a deposit by March 17. A wait-pool letter signifies that the applicant met all admission requirements but has applied to a grade where not enough spaces are available to accommodate the number of qualified applicants. If the Admission Committee finds that Norwood is not a good match for an applicant at the time of application, the applicant receives a letter of denial.
No. Norwood School accepts students based on academic merit, test scores, references, and personal qualities. Financial aid files are reviewed and awards made only after a student is admitted. However, financial aid requests must be made by the February 1 deadline in order for an award to be considered.
Norwood School greatly values its strong partnership with parents and there are many ways for parents to get involved in the daily life of the school -- from Parents Association-sponsored events to grade-specific celebrations. The School and Parents Association work hard to create opportunities that work for all families. Norwood would not be the wonderful and welcoming school it is without our parent volunteers!
The Parents of Students of Color Committee (PSCC) was established to further build a community at Norwood that understands and acts on issues of special concern to families of color and institutes plans and programs to help students achieve the highest level of personal and academic success. The group also works with the School to celebrate the unique perspectives that children from a variety of backgrounds bring to our classrooms and lives. For information about additional diversity initiatives at Norwood, visit the Diversity at Norwood page.
Norwood graduates do not “feed” into a small group of high schools. In fact, the Class of 2016 attends 18 different high schools. That’s one of the distinguishing aspects of Norwood: graduates attend “best-fit” high schools where their unique talents, strengths, and gifts can continue to shine.
Students from the Class of 2016 were accepted at the following high schools and will attend those schools in bold:
Bullis School Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Charles H. Flowers High School – Science and Technology Program Connelly School of the Holy Child Ensworth School (Nashville, TN) Episcopal High School Field School Georgetown Day School Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School Holton-Arms School Landon School Madeira School Maret School McLean School Montgomery Blair High School – IB Program National Cathedral School Northwest High School - Ulysses Signature Program Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Peddie School Potomac School Sandy Spring Friends School Sidwell Friends School St. Albans School St. Andrew's Episcopal School St. John's College High School Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart University School of Nashville (TN) Walt Whitman High School Washington & Lee High School– IB Program
Simply put, Norwood is the kind of school that I wish I could have attended as a child. – Parent Survey
Located in Bethesda MD, Norwood School develops students in grades K-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.