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, and where we uphold human dignity and equity as student grow to lead lives that matter.
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, and where we uphold human dignity and equity as students grow to lead lives that matter. Recognizing equitable and inclusive diversity as an inherent aspect of educational excellence, we are committed to:
 
  • Building an intentionally diverse community that honors and affirms all aspects of our multifaceted identities and works against bias in all areas of school life.
  • Developing cultural competence--the will and ability to work effectively across cultural differences--throughout our community.
  • Designing and implementing curricula that reflect a broad range of voices, stories, learners and perspectives and inspire students to work toward a better world.
  • Investing and engaging in ongoing learning and development to ensure that our programs, policies, and practices are culturally responsive, equitable, and inclusive.
  • Fostering an environment that supports emotional and intellectual risk-taking and promotes challenging conversations that nurture empathy and mutual understanding.
  • Continually reflecting on, assessing, and developing our adherence to this vision while finding joy and wonder in our shared sense of purpose, connection, and discovery.

- Rania, '17

"Norwood has allowed me to grow both academically to become a better student and has allowed me to become a better person. The community at this school is unparalleled."

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.