Get to Know Norwood! The Admission Team Offers Several Virtual Visits & Events

The Norwood Admission Office invites prospective families to a number of virtual opportunities to get to introduce prospective families to our unique child-centered program for grades PK-8 and our warm and welcoming community.
Get to Norwood through the following virtual events and activities:

Morning with Matthew
Offered several times throughout the year, a "Morning with Matthew" event offers 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. Reservations are required; registration is available through the Ravenna-Hub.

2020-2021 Dates:
All coffee times are from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Quick facility tours are available after the discussion.
Thursday, November 19
Wednesday, December 9 
Tuesday, January 12: Parents of Student of Color Admission Gathering
Tuesday, February 9

Individual Virtual Tour & Parent Conversation
An individual virtual tour combined with a parent conversation provide families with the opportunity to see Norwood students and teachers in action and allow the admission team an opportunity to get to know your family better and help to bring your child's application to life. Additionally, these events provide parents with time to ask questions and share information specific to their family and child. 

A lower school tour and parent conversation (grades PK-4) last about up to 75 minutes and are for adults only. A middle school tour and parent conversation (grades 5-8) also lasts up to 75 minute,s but students are welcome to join. 

Although required as a component of the application process, this tour and conversation can be scheduled prior to submitting an application. Virtual tours are available throughout the year. If there is not an available or convenient slot when scheduling online, please call our office and we will work with you to figure something out!  Schedule your virtual visit via the Ravenna-Hub.

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 a virtual informal and intimate setting. By limiting the number of participants, parents are able to engage with Ryann Williams Berry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, along with Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, or Michele Claeys, Associate Head of School and Head of Middle School in conversations about teaching and learning, extracurricular programs, and other topics of interest. Please log into theRavenna-Hub to register for one of these events.

Applicant Visit
Students applying to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade participate in virtual playdates with an admission staff member. Applicants to all other grades get a feel for what it is like to be a Norwood student by virtually visiting for a partial day. Applicants shadow a student ambassador and are encouraged to fully participate in the day's activities. Student virtual playdates and visits are required as a part of the admission process and can only be scheduled once an application is submitted. After applying, we will send out a list of playdates for families.

Contact the Admission Office with any questions at 301-841-2130. Alex Ragone and Janet McDermott are ready to help!
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.