Norwood School is conveniently located at the corner of River Road and Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda, Maryland, just one mile from exits 39/40 on the Capital Beltway and less than six miles from the D.C. line. Three driveways serve the campus – River Road, Owen Drive, and Bradley Boulevard – and all three may be used for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Please note that the internal “connector road” is closed from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to allow students to travel safely from the buildings to the playground.
Families driving their children to school can drop off at either the lower school entrance or the middle school entrance. Carpool “helpers” are available during morning arrival to assist lower school students. Parents may also park in either parking lot (Lower School or Middle School) and walk their children up to the entrance.
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.

Bus Service

Norwood offers daily morning and afternoon bus service to assist families with their commutes and looks to add additional routes as needed. Specific routes and stops are determined each year based on interest and registration. Current routes include:
Morning routes:
  • Cleveland Park/Tenleytown/Wesley Heights
  • Friendship Heights/Spring Valley/Palisades
  • Connecticut Avenue/Bethesda/Chevy Chase
  • Northern Virginia
  • Gaithersburg/North Potomac
Afternoon Routes:
  • Massachusetts Avenue/Westbard Ave
  • Massachusetts Avenue/Chesapeake Street NW
  • Northern Virginia
Specific bus stops, times, and registration forms are available for current families in HawksNest.


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 may utilize public transportation (or walk/bike) and ridesharing services as long as they have a signed permission form on file in the Middle School Office. 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 6 items.

  • Cost Per Child

    $1,000 per child for a morning route
    $750 per child for an afternoon route (pro-rated After Care fee not included)
  • Billing

    Bus fees are billed in the fall and will be payable in two equal installments in September and January.
  • Inclement Weather

    Generally, when we have 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.
  • Drivers

    Drivers are current Norwood School employees or professional bus drivers. All drivers participate in an extensive training program. Federal, state, and driving background checks will be required of all drivers.
  • Vehicles

    14-passenger Norwood activity buses and/or Norwood minivans
  • Safety Belts

    All buses and minivans are equipped with safety belts, and all passengers will be required to use them when riding the bus.
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.