Frequently Asked Admission Questions

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the admission process.

Admission Process

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General School Information

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  • What are the school hours and the general schedule?

    The day begins for every student at 8:00 a.m. Parents may drop off their children as early as 7:15 a.m., through our Early Birds Program. Regular drop-off is between 7:45-8:00 a.m. At our drop-off areas, faculty/staff and parents intentionally greet students every morning, with a kind word and handshake or fist-bump. PK-2nd grade ends at 2:35 p.m. 3rd – 8th grades end at 3:35 p.m. On Fridays, all students end the day at 2:35 p.m. For more information, click here.
    After-school programs are available to all students beginning at 2:35 p.m. and extend until 6 p.m. Click here for detailed information.
  • Can you provide information on the number of students per grade, the ratio of boys to girls, and the racial diversity in each middle school grade?

    Norwood school has 450 students PK – 8th grade. 53% of our students are boys and 47% are girls. 41% of our student body identifies as students of color and of Latinx/Hispanic/Spanish origin. This is relatively equal among both lower and middle schools. For more information, click here.
  • How many students are in each class, and how do the parents feel about the class size?

    In the pre-k homeroom, there are 3 teachers caring for 20 students. In K-2nd grades, we have 20 students in each of our 2 homerooms, with 2 lead teachers in each homeroom. In 3rd and 4th grades, there are 12-14 students in each homeroom. In middle school, classroom sizes may vary, ranging from 8-14 students, according to grade and subject. One of the many reasons why parents choose Norwood is because of the individualized attention that teachers lovingly provide students. No one falls through the cracks.
  • Does the school offer transportation options?

    Yes, Norwood offers morning and afternoon transportation to and from designated locations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Routes are re-evaluated each year and determined based on interest and the fulfillment of minimum ridership requirements. Click here for more information.
  • Does the school provide snack and lunch?

    A healthy morning snack is provided on a daily basis to all students. Pre-kindergarten through fourth graders bring lunch from home and eat in their homerooms, or may order a meal through Wholesome Food Services, a third-party lunch program. Middle school students participate in our lunch program, eating a nutritious hot lunch and salad/sandwich bar offerings in the Cohen Common Room.
  • Is there a uniform?

    No. Norwood does not have a uniform. Instead, students are expected to wear clothing that is simple, age-appropriate, and comfortable for a variety of activities. Jeans, open-toed shoes, tank tops, and joggers are an example of items not allowed. The Norwood Handbook provides more detailed information on the dress code. 
  • What type of after-school program do you offer?

    Learn more about our after-school programs here.

Academic Programs and Student Support

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School Values and Community Engagement

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  • What does the school motto, “How you lead your life matters”, signify?

    Character education is fundamental to the PK-8 educational model and has always been an essential component of the Norwood experience. We believe that education is fundamentally a moral endeavor and that a school should stand for and teach a set of core values: the pursuit of knowledge, integrity, respect, responsibility, diligence, kindness, cooperation, and service. Character lessons are woven into academics, physical education and athletics, art, music, and, of course, service learning. Each day begins with a lesson about the value of the month, which is presented during morning chapel. “How you lead your life matters” is more than a school motto; they are the words we live by.
  • You mentioned a daily “Chapel.” Can you say more about that and if it is a religious aspect?

    Norwood is a secular school that explicitly celebrates our community values. “Chapel” is a carry-over term from our Episcopal origins. Chapel is our morning meeting or assembly. Either as a whole school or in lower school and middle school groups, students and teachers come together to prepare for the day through singing, reflection, and lessons related to our core values. Chapel is also a time to celebrate special national, global, cultural, and religious holidays and recognize important current and historical events. Chapel lessons are designed to instill intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth as well as a sense of things greater than ourselves. While presentation topics vary widely, they often connect back to goodness, human dignity, and caring for others and our environment. Like the curriculum at Norwood, Chapel includes stories and music from many cultural and religious traditions from around the world, embracing and highlighting the rich diversity of our community. 
  • What are some of the ways parents can be involved in the school community?

    At Norwood, community is a central and guiding value, which breathes life into our mission and core beliefs. We aspire to be an authentically diverse community where all are genuinely valued and respected for who we are, where we build meaningful relationships that create a sense of belonging and trust. We have a strong and welcoming parent community. Discover the many ways parents may volunteer at Norwood here.
"I love Norwood because: of how nice and caring all the kids and teachers are, and how amazing it is to know everyone and how nice it is to have a small community. Because of Norwood, I learned this important life skill: to know when to focus and when to have fun."

Please feel free to contact the office at any time to ask a question or arrange a visit.

Contact the Admission Office

Email: Phone: 301-841-2130

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.