Norwood School is a coeducational independent day school with 456 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The school sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres In Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child – intellectually, socially, and ethically – in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
Norwood was founded in 1952 by Frances Marsh, who was determined to create “a happy place of learning filled with art and music where each child feels supported and valued.” She wanted Norwood to be a school where when children left at the end of the day, they couldn’t wait to return in the morning. We challenge students and expect them to challenge themselves, but we do so in an environment that is nurturing, supportive, and reflective of our belief that learning at its best is a joyful process.
Norwood’s child-centered approach education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How your lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.