Get to Know Norwood! Check Out the Mix of Visit Opportunities for Prospective Families

The Norwood Admission Office hosts a number of opportunities for prospective families to visit our 40-acre campus and see our unique child-centered program for grades PK-8 in action. We look forward to meeting you!
Individual Tour & Parent Conversation
An individual tour 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. Note: To schedule an individual tour and parent conversation, we require families to submit a written application statement through Ravenna.

Visit Ravenna 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! 
Mornings with Matthew
Offered several times throughout the year, our "Mornings with Matthew" events 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 programmatic philosophy, strategic initiatives, and other topics of interest. Each event runs 9:00-10:00 a.m. with optional tour available afterward.

Wednesday, October 25 (in person)
Wednesday, November 15 (in person)
Wednesday, December 6 (virtual)
Wednesday, January 10 (virtual)
Wednesday, February 7 (in person; applicants only)

Visit Ravenna to register.

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 (grades PK-4) or Middle School (grades 5-8) in an informal and intimate setting. Engage in meaningful conversations about teaching and learning, extracurricular programs, and other topics of interest. Each event runs 9:00-10:00 a.m. and an optional tour is available afterward.

Lower SchoolMiddle School
Wednesday, November 8 (in person)Friday, November 17 (in person)
Tuesday, November 28 (in person)Wednesday, November 29 (in person)
Wednesday, January 17 (applicants only; virtual)Tuesday, January 16 (applicants only; virtual)
Lower School and Middle School CombinedTuesday, February 13 (applicants only; virtual)

Visit Ravenna to register.

Mosaic is a special, casual dinner at Norwood for prospective families who self-identify as families of color, LGBTQ+ families, and/or adoptive families. All faculty/staff, and current parent ambassadors, who self-identify with any of these underrepresented groups are also invited to join this event. This event celebrates one of Norwood’s pillars – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. There is strength in our differences, and by celebrating our diversity in the community, we can be known and succeed at Norwood! This event is for applicants only. Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Visit Ravenna to register.

Middle School Drama Performance
The arts are an integral part of the daily life at Norwood School, fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration that nurtures all of our students. Through drama, students build even stronger self-confidence, develop solid public-speaking skills, hone interpersonal skills, all while enjoying the fun that is brought forth through dramatic exploration. You are invited to attend the seventh- and eighth-grade fall play, The Crossroads & The Clearing, a series of vignettes by Jennifer Reif that tell the story of what happens when we get lost in the woods.
Middle School Fall Play: The Crossroads & The Clearing
Saturday, November 18, at 2:00 p.m.
Murray Arts Building
Free admission

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.