Visit Norwood

The best way to get to know Norwood is to visit! There are numerous opportunities throughout the admission season to visit our beautiful campus and see our talented teachers and amazing students in action. We also welcome visits during the summer. Please call the Admission Office at 301-841-2130 for additional information. 

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  • Tour and Q&A

    Small group tours provide families with the opportunity to see Norwood students and teachers in action. Group size is limited to allow for more conversation and viewing of classrooms. Lower school tours (grades pre-K and K-4) are for adults only, last about 60 minutes, and are followed by a 40-60 minute Q&A with the director of admission and/or the head of lower school. Our middle school applicants (grades 5-8) are invited to attend the tour with their parents. Middle school tours are one-on-one to meet the needs and interests of the middle school applicant and family. Call the Admission Office at 301-841-2130 to schedule a tour.
  • Experiential Open House

    Norwood will host an Experiential Open House on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Prospective families are invited to tour the School, sample classes, and talk with faculty, parents, and students about the program and community. Reservations are not required. Children are welcome!  

    The schedule for the afternoon is as follows:

    1:00 Arrival and conversation with teachers and current parents
    1:20 Welcome from the Head of School
    1:30 Self-guided or student-led tours with visits to classrooms for converstion and interactive activities. 
    2:30 Optional discusisons with lower and middle school division heads
    3:00 End of Experience Norwood 
    *Faculty are available at tables in the Marsh Gym to discuss program and curricular offerings throughout the event.

  • Morning with Matthew

    Offered several times throughout the year, a "Morning with Matthew" coffee 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. Coffees begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 10:00 a.m. Tours are available after the discussion. Reservations are required; please contact the Admission Office to reserve your space.

    2017-2018 Dates:
    All coffee times are from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, October 24
    Wednesday, November 15 (limited to Parents of Students of Color)
    Thursday, November 30
    Wednesday, January 17
    Thursday, February 8

  • Applicant Visit

    After receiving an application, the Admission Office contacts you to schedule a playdate or shadow visit for the applicant. Students applying to kindergarten and first grade participate in playdates in the respective grade's homerooms. Norwood teachers assist the Admission Office with these playdates. Pre-K applicant visits are scheduled in conjunction with the parent meeting. Applicants to all other grades get a feel for what it is like to be a Norwood student by visiting for a partial or full-day depending on the grade. Applicants shadow a student ambassador and are encouraged to fully participate in the day's activities.
  • Individual Parent Meeting

    Parent meetings are scheduled upon receipt of your application. The Admission Office will contact you to schedule a 45-minute appointment. Student applicants do not attend the parent interview (unless a pre-K when visits are scheduled in conjunction with the parent meeting). Parent meetings allow the admission team an opportunity to get to know your family better and help to bring your child's application to life. Additionally, they provide parents with time to ask questions and share information specific to their family and child.

Campus Tour Video

Narrated by Jaclyn, Class of 2016.


Admission visitors should use the Bradley Boulevard entrance (enter 8696 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817 in your GPS) and use the parking lot on the right at the top of the hill. Walk up to the stone building with the flagpole in front (the Steuart Building). Enter the building and let the receptionist know you are here.
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.