Experiential Education and Intersession

-Harrison, Class of 2014

“As a Norwood student there are trademark events that everyone knows of for each grade. For seventh and eighth grade, Intersession is one of them. It is something to look forward to, something to look back on, and a great time to take a break in the middle of the year. I had unique experiences I would never have had and am glad that at Norwood I could have this opportunity that I couldn't have had at another school.”

Experiential Trips

Norwood students take several field trips every year to support the classroom curriculum. Most excursions off campus are day trips to locations that enhance instruction, such as the Kennedy Center, KID Museum, and the Holocaust Museum, to name just a few. Beginning in fourth grade, students go on one overnight trip per year. Examples include overnight camping trip for grades 4-6 to promote community building and focus on individual and team challenges, for fifth and sixth graders, and a trip to Philadelphia for seventh graders to enrich their study of American history. The experiential education program culminates in eighth grade with a three-day trip to New York City tied to their study of 20th century history.


Intersession is a four-day period early in the second semester during which seventh and eighth grade students take a break from regular academics to participate in a variety of one- and two-day activities. Year after year, students cite Intersession as one of the highlights of the Norwood middle school experience. While it may be just one short week out of the year, Intersession is a powerful way to enhance relationships with teachers, deepen friendships with peers, and expand the joyful learning that is central to Norwood’s mission and educational philosophy. From observing open-heart surgery to learning about the intricacies of cake decorating (and many things in between), the Intersession program features a diverse and exciting line-up of experiential learning opportunities, both on- and off-campus, designed to open minds and hearts to possibilities.

Click here for photos taken during Intersession 2016.

Program Goals:

· Experience learning beyond the boundaries of the School;
· Build new and different relationships with classmates and teachers;
· Develop social skills and teamwork as they apply to world outside the School;
· Provide an opportunity to develop skills and gain confidence in a non-classroom setting.

William '15

"We get to learn about things that will make us smarter in a different way than the usual way."

Sample Intersession Program

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  • One-Day Courses

    Air & Space Udvar-Hazy Center
    Animals in Man-Made Habitats
    Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery
    Behind the Scenes at Nationals Park
    Essentials of Cake Decorating
    Caring Crafts
    Italian Cooking
    Mosaic Creations
    National Security and the FBI
    Scary Funny Monsters
    Secret Museums in Your Backyard
    Smithsonian Scavenger Hunt
    Serving Others
  • Two-Day Courses

    Serving Others
    Chance: Math in Action
    Medical Mysteries
    Cultural Exploration of Central and South America
    Wild Delaware Overnight
    Heart Surgery
    Creating a Superhero
    It’s Game Time
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.