Get to Know Norwood! The Admission Team Hosts Events, Tours, and Play Dates for Prospective Families

The Norwood Admission Office hosts a number of events, tours, and play dates to introduce prospective families to our unique child-centered program for grades PK-8 and to our warm and welcoming community. Click for more information.
Virtual Admission Open House
Norwood will host an Admission Open House on Saturday, November 12, 2022, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Prospective families will meet Head of School Matthew Gould, division heads Mike Risen (Lower School) and Dennis Campbell (Middle School), teachers, parents, and students while learning all about Norwood's unique, student-centered program where every child is known, loved, celebrated, challenged, and supported. They will also have the opportunity to tour our exciting and beautiful new building, the Marriott Early Childhood Building, opening in the fall of 2022 for grades PK-2. Advanced registration is required via Ravenna-Hub, or call 301-841-2130.

The schedule for the afternoon is as follows:

1:00  - Welcome, Introductions, and Norwood Trivia
1:10  - Welcome from the Head of School
1:30  - Teacher-facilitated breakout sessions
2:30 - Optional discussions with lower and middle school division heads, administrators, and panels
3:00 - End of Open House

Mornings with Matthew
Offered several times throughout the year, our "Mornings with Matthew" offer prospective parents the opportunity to meet with our head of school, Matthew Gould, in an informal and intimate setting. By limiting the number of participants, parents are able to engage with Matthew in conversations about program philosophy, strategic initiatives, and other topics of interest. Please log in to Ravenna-Hub to register for one of these events, each of which runs 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 19
Wednesday, November 16
Wednesday, December 7
Wednesday, January 11 (for Parents of Students of Color)
Wednesday, February 8

Individual Tour & Parent Conversation
An individual tour (in-person or virtual) combined with a parent conversation provide families with the opportunity to see Norwood students and teachers in action. They also give the Admission Team an opportunity to get to know your family and bring depth to our understanding of your child. Additionally, they provide parents with time to ask questions and share information specific to their family and child. The tour and parent conversation (grades PK-8) last up to 75 minutes and are for adults only. 

Visit Ravenna-Hub to schedule your visit. If there is not an available or convenient slot when scheduling online, please email or call our office (301-841-2130) and we will work with you to figure something out! 

Meet the Academic Leaders
Offered several times throughout the year, "Meet the Academic Leaders" offers prospective parents the opportunity to learn more about our school program with a focus on the Lower School or Middle School in an informal and intimate setting. By limiting the number of participants, parents are able to engage with Fielding Winters, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, along with Dennis Campbell, Head of Middle School, or Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, in conversations about teaching and learning, extracurricular programs, and other topics of interest. Please log in to Ravenna-Hub to register for one of these events.

Applicant Visits
For the 2022-2023 admission season, we will return to in-person visits for prospective students, current health conditions permitting. Applicants to grades PK-1 will participate in a “play date” in small groups with Norwood teachers. Applicants to grades 2-8 will schedule a student visit that will last for 60 minutes to a half day, depending upon the age of the child.

Student assessments and interviews are required as a part of the admission process and can only be scheduled once an application is submitted. Applicants receive access to sign up for “play dates” or student visits upon submission of their application through Ravenna. 

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.