Affording Norwood

We understand that planning for and investing in an independent school education requires a significant commitment from our families. When developing the operating budget each year, our Board of Trustees and Administration make affordability a top priority when setting tuition rates and creating a balanced budget in alignment with the School’s mission, educational objectives, ongoing strategic plans, immediate goals, and values, including:

  • Norwood values the interpersonal connection that comes from small student-teacher ratios.
  • Norwood is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity.
  • Norwood is committed to paying competitive salaries and supporting a reasonable quality of life for all faculty and staff.
  • We believe that Norwood is worthy of generous financial support, and we count on philanthropic support in order to thrive in delivering on our mission.
  • We believe that Norwood should manage tuition growth to be as affordable as possible for families, while also recognizing that an extraordinary learning experience can be very costly.
  • Norwood is committed to developing a prudent and obtainable balanced budget.

Through careful planning and operating efficiencies, Norwood School has managed to achieve its budget goals and remain in the low- to mid-range of tuition and fees for comparable independent schools in the metropolitan area and at the same time sustain its position as one of the premier PK-8 schools in the country.

2022-2023 TUITION & FEES

Grade Tuition Additional Fees
 Pre-kindergarten  $26,850  $75 Parents Association Fee
 Kindergarten  $35,760  $75 Parents Association Fee
 First-Second  $37,140  $75 Parents Association Fee
 Third-Fourth  $38,900  $75 Parents Association Fee
 Fifth-Eighth  $41,250  $1,350 Lunch Fee
 $75 Parents Association Fee



2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

Grade Tuition Additional Fees
 Pre-kindergarten  $26,000  $75 Parents Association Fee
 Kindergarten  $34,630  $75 Parents Association Fee
 First-Second  $35,970  $75 Parents Association Fee
 Third-Fourth  $37,680  $75 Parents Association Fee
 Fifth-Eighth  $39,950  $1,250 Lunch Fee
 $75 Parents Association Fee



Tuition Payment Options

There are several tuition payment options available to assist parents with the payment of tuition including the 10-pay FACTS payment plan. Additionally, the FACTS payment plan accepts credit cards for a nominal fee. Norwood does not accept credit card payments for the 1- or 2-payment plans.

Financial Aid

In addition, need based financial aid is available. Norwood follows the guidelines of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). The deadline for applying for financial aid is February 1 for new students with supporting documents also due February 1. The deadline for applying for financial aid for returning students is January 10 with supporting documents due at the same time. New families are notified of financial aid awards the second week of March and returning families are notified prior to re-enrollment contracts being due. Approximately twenty-two percent of Norwood students receive some level of aid. Additional financial aid information can be found on the financial aid page.

After School Programs

For an additional cost, parents may sign up their child for After Care on a daily, semester, or yearly term. After Care is offered from dismissal time until 6:00 p.m.  Enrichment classes are also offered after school in fall, winter, and spring sessions. For additional information about After Care and the Enrichment Program, please visit After School Programs.


Norwood offers several morning and afternoon bus transportation routes to and from cluster pick-up locations throughout the District, Virginia, and Maryland. The cost per child per morning route is $1,000 and the cost per child per afternoon route is $750. For specific route and and additional policy information, please visit transportation
We moved our children to Norwood to take advantage of more creativity in the classroom – both in the teaching and the learning. We have been overwhelmed with the support and individual attention our children have received from their teacher and administrators. – Parent Survey
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.