Getting to Norwood

Norwood School offers morning and limited afternoon transportation to and from designated locations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Current routes are posted to the left on this board. Routes are re-evaluated each year and determined based on interest and meeting minimum ridership requirements. The School encourages ridership (and also carpools) to minimize traffic congestion and to benefit the environment.
 
Middle school students and lower school students with permission may take public transportation or a ridesharing service to/from Norwood if the School has on file written permission from parents/guardians. In addition, middle school students and lower school students with permission may leave school property (including designated Norwood bus drop-off locations) without adult supervision if the School has on file written permission from parents/guardians. Student Release Consent forms are available in the Middle School Office and in HawksNest under Transportation.
If you have any questions about bus transportation at Norwood School, please contact Business Manager Bill Teachum
 
Admission visitors should enter 8696 Bradley Boulevard into their GPS to get the best directions.

Transportation

Norwood School 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 fullfillment of minimum ridership requirements. 
 
Morning and Afternoon Routes:
  • Cleveland Park/Tenleytown/Wesley Heights
  • Friendship Heights/Spring Valley/Palisades
  • Connecticut Avenue/Bethesda/Chevy Chase
  • Northern Virginia including Arlington and McLean
  • Gaithersburg/North Potomac
  • Prince George's County/Silver Spring
 
Routes adjust yearly based on interest and minimum ridership requirements. Specific bus stops, times, and registration forms are available for current families in HawksNest.

Carpools

Norwood strongly encourages families to form carpools to minimize traffic congestion and to benefit the environment. Norwood’s online directory in the HawksNest can map the locations of other families in your neighborhood.

Public Transportation & Ridesharing Services

Middle school students and lower school students with permission may take public transportation or a ridesharing service to/from Norwood if the School has on file written permission from parents/guardians. In addition, middle school students and lower school students with permission may leave school property (including designated Norwood bus drop-off locations) without adult supervision if the School has on file written permission from parents/guardians. Metrobus stops serviced by the T2/River Road Line are located across from and next to the School’s main River Road entrance.  The T2 route runs between Rockville and Friendship Heights. The Route 36 Ride On Bus runs along Bradley Boulevard to and from the Bethesda Metro Station.

Additional Bus Information

List of 13 items.

  • Behavior Expectations and Community Agreement

    Community Agreement expectations extend to Transportation. Infractions will be referred to the appropriate division head and/or head of school.
  • Billing and Fees

    Bus fees are billed in the fall and will be payable in two equal installments in September and January.
  • Cost Per Child**

    $1,000 per child for a morning route
    $750 per child for an afternoon route*
    *After Care fees are included for students utilizing Norwood Transportation.
    **Financial aid is applied at the same rate of tuition support up to a maximum of 50% support.
  • Changes, Absences, and Add-ons/Drop-Ins

    During registration, a student is assigned to a primary pick-up and/or drop-off location. Adjustments to assignments, such as selecting a different route time or bus stop, are dependent on available seats. Additionally, add-ons and drop-ins, such as a friend on a playdate, may utilize Norwood transportation only if seats are available. All requests for adjustments and/or for additional riders must be made through the online Bus Change Form. Absences should also be communicated through the Bus Change Form.
  • Drivers

    Drivers are current Norwood School employees or professional bus drivers. All drivers participate in an extensive training program. Driving background checks are required of all drivers.
  • Early Release/Holidays

    Please check the Master School Calendar for dates that transportation is unavailable.
  • Inclement Weather

    Generally, when the School has a one-hour delay, the buses will depart from their respective pick-up locations one hour later than usual. When we have a two-hour delay, buses will depart 90 minutes later than the scheduled time. This allows enough time for buses to arrive at Norwood safely and on time. There is no bus transportation on early release days due to inclement weather.
  • Late Pick-Up Charges

    Once bus stop drop-off locations and times are set, families are expected to be waiting at the stop at the designated time. If a family is more than 5 minutes late, a late pick-up fee will be charged and/or the student will be driven back to Norwood.
  • Metro

    Metrobus stops serviced by the T2/River Road Line are located across from and next to the School’s main River Road entrance. The Route 36 Ride On Bus runs along Bradley Boulevard to and from the Bethesda Metro Station.
  • Minimum Ridership

    Routes and stops are dependent on meeting minimum ridership requirements. Transportation routes are reviewed annually and finalized the preceding spring for the next school year.
  • Safety Belts and Seats

    All buses, Transits and minivans are equipped with safety belts, and all passengers will be required to use them when riding. Vehicles are also equipped with booster seats. Parents should indicate the need for a booster on the Transportation Contract. 
  • Supervision Release

    Middle school students and lower school students on a case-by-case basis are allowed to walk home from a stop or wait for a parent to pick up with permission. Permission must be submitted in the form of a Student Release Consent Form.
  • Vehicles

    Norwood’s transportation fleet consists of 14-passenger Norwood activity buses, Transit vans and minivans.
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.