The Nora School is a college preparatory high school for bright students who have become frustrated in school. In a nurturing yet rigorous academic environment, Nora allows these curious, capable, iconoclastic young people the freedom to explore the questions that are important to them.
Nora students realize the agency they have in creating their own lives and explore ways to create a better community and world. Through discussion-based classrooms with attention to the individual voice, academics range from Pre-Algebra through Calculus, US History through Peace Studies, Advanced Physics through Forensic Science, and Arts from Sculpture through Digital Art and Music. Students participate in student government, monthly Community Service projects, and compete in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball through the Washington Small Schools League.
The sophomore class takes a yearly whitewater rafting/camping trip, juniors participate in a camping and high-ropes retreat, and the seniors hold a retreat to work on college applications. Students typically attend small liberal arts colleges after graduating from Nora, which in many ways, is a small liberal arts high school. Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, Nora has maintained the same mission since 1964, moving to its permanent home in Silver Spring in 2000.
Nora is a founding member of the National Coalition of Small Schools, the Washington Small Schools Association, and the Washington Small Schools League, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Black Student Fund. The Nora School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.