Mission Statement

Norwood School's child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent, and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning.


Norwood School implements its mission through these core beliefs:
  • How you lead your life matters. (This is our guiding principle, and we live and breathe it every day.)

  • Our dynamic, integrated curriculum – focused on academic excellence – challenges and encourages each student’s intellectual development.

  • The inclusion of diverse perspectives nourishes our common humanity and builds understanding, empathy, and social responsibility in our school community.

  • Our joyful, nurturing, and inclusive community emphasizes the education of the mind, body, and spirit.

  • A PK-8 educational environment, cultivated by educators who truly know each student, provides the best foundation for a young person’s academic, social, and emotional growth.

– Matthew Gould, Head of School

“Most definitely, the thing that I am most proud of is that at Norwood we live our mission. Our unwavering focus is on the academic, the social, the emotional, the ethical, and the physical well-being of every single child on this campus. We nurture children’s gifts. We honor their talents. We support their strengths, and we find joy in their accomplishments.”
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-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.