Welcome to our Virtual Visit webpage. Given current social distancing guidelines, visiting Norwood's beautiful campus in person is challenging, so we have tried to capture the spirit and heart of Norwood for prospective families on this page. In addition to viewing the videos and slideshows, we encourage you to peruse our full website where you will find curriculum and program information in addition to more detailed admission information.

We are accepting applications for limited space in select grades for the 2020-2021 school year. We are open virtually and hope to hear from you.

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Norwood School Continuity of Learning Looking Ahead to 2020-2021

In a time of uncertainty, all of us at Norwood School remain committed to delivering on our child-centered, inclusive Mission and Core Beliefs. The Norwood School plan for Continuity of Learning maintains the School’s excellent academic, arts, and wellness programs; character and values education; and strong sense of community.

List of 3 items.

  • Important Elements of Norwood’s 2020-2021 Distance Learning Program

    1. Distance Learning schedule that is complimentary to the In-School schedule, with the same teachers and classmates in each group, plus smaller groups as appropriate (depending on age and subject).
    2. Activities at the beginning and end of the school day to provide structure and routine for students working in their home environment.
    3. Intentional blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning every day, throughout the day, including a variety of lessons and assignments.
    4. Required class meetings in all subjects: math, reading and language arts, social studies, science, world language, visual arts, music and drama, and physical education.
    5. On-going assessment of student progress and regular feedback for students (and, in the middle school, graded assessments using a wide variety of assessment tools).
    6. Connection, community-building, and individual support provided by the Homeroom Teacher or Advisor, and the Student Support Team.
    7. Partnership with families.
  • Goals for Continuity of Learning 2020-2021

    1. Our number one goal is to provide In-School Learning, safely, for all students PreK through 8th Grade every day.
    2. At any time, if we are not permitted to be on campus, we will move to our Distance Learning program. The daily schedules for In-School Learning and Distance Learning, while not exactly the same, will be complimentary, so the transition between them should be seamless.
    3. Whether we are on campus or not, we will continue to provide opportunities for social-emotional learning, academic enrichment and support, and community-building. As always, Norwood students will Be Known.
  • Important Elements of Norwood’s 2020-2021 In-School Learning Program

    1. Continuation of all academic, arts, and wellness programs with appropriate modifications to ensure safety.
    2. Modified schedule and classroom assignments to ensure small groups and to minimize movement throughout the building.
    3. Classroom set-up based on appropriate physical distancing.
    4. Daily outdoor play in small groups, with appropriate physical distancing.
    5. Rigorous adherence to health and safety protocols, including appropriate screening for students and staff, PPE, and cleaning/sanitizing throughout the day.
    6. Distance Learning services provided to students who are not able to attend school in person.
    7. Partnership with families.

Meet the Admission Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Alex Ragone

    Alex Ragone 

    Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Janet McDermott

    Janet McDermott 

    Associate Director of Admission

- Matthew Gould, Head of School

"Norwood is not a quiet school. When you walk the halls, the hum of learning is tangible. As you explore this page, imagine excited voices, exclamations of wonder, and lot and lots of laughter."


Norwood campus consists of 38 beautiful acres in Bethesda, Maryland, about 1-mile from I-495, River Road exit. Four main buildings provide space for classrooms in addition to an all-purpose gym and a two-court athletic center, 2 libraries, 4 art studios, and 5 science labs. Our outdoor space offers plenty of room for 2 playgrounds, separate softball and baseball fields, 2 soccer fields and numerous nooks for outdoor classrooms. Please enjoy the following video tour, led by Jaclyn '16, to get an idea of our extensive campus offerings and facilities.

Connect with a Norwood Parent

Current Norwood parents are a wonderful resource for prospective families. To facilitate conversation, Norwood has partnered with PeerPal. PeerPal is a platform that allows prospective parents and current Norwood parent to have private conversations to ask questions and to learn about Norwood's program and community. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity!

Our Program in Pictures and Stories

  • Values/Character
  • How You Lead Your Life Matters
  • Community Service
  • Portrait of a Graduate

  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking 
  • Teacher Connections
  • Transitions and Specials
  • Cross-curricular Learning

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Stretch and Support
  • Social Emotional Growth and Tending
  • Parent Involvement
  • Power of Being Seen

  • Advisory
  • Grades
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Lunch
  • Lockers
  • Athletics
  • Exams
  • Special Projects

  • PK-8 Community
  • Life Skills
  • Buddy Program
  • Choice 
  • Clubs
  • Collaboration
  • Public Speaking 
  • Intersession

  • Spirit Days
  • Field Days
  • Field Trips 
  • Overnights
  • Founder's Day
  • Parents Association
  • Bingo Night
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.