Welcome to Nora!  We are an intentionally small, college-preparatory, co-ed high school, grades 9-12, founded in 1964. We invite you to get to know us!

We seek students who will benefit from attending a purposeful, personal, discussion-based and intellectually engaging environment and, at the same time, will contribute unique talents and gifts to our community. We enroll students in grades 9 to 12 in a diverse community from throughout the greater Washington DC metropolitan region. Our students are bright and college-bound, but before coming to Nora were often overlooked or insufficiently challenged in larger or more rigid educational institutions. “Think Differently” is our motto, inspiring creative and critical thinking in our classrooms.

Students who are curious, engaged, interested in taking greater responsibility for their lives and capable of successfully completing a challenging curriculum thrive at Nora. The admissions process is individual, personal, and engaging: it includes a discussion with the parent/guardian(s) and the Admissions Director, a half-day student visit, a parent and student interview with the Head of School, as well as an application, multiple academic references, and an official transcript.

Everyone deserves a second story. At Nora students get a second chance–an opportunity to reinvent themselves by becoming a thriving, college-bound student. We understand that everyone’s brain utilizes different methods to learn, so we offer a wide range of flexible learning approaches, accommodations, and adaptations–all within a mainstream, discussion-based, collaborative environment. To meet the demand for our unique approach, in 2016 we expanded with a second story addition. This has enabled us to add several additional student openings each year, while remaining dedicated to our mission by keeping our classes small and our community engaging, nurturing and intellectual.

Current Openings: Current 8th grade students interview in the fall and spring semesters for 9th grade admissions.  For other grades we use a rolling admissions process as space and scheduling allow (no classroom will have more than 12 students). With our recent expansion we are accepting qualified students in our current 9th and 10th grades, and have limited openings in 11th.

Congratulations on taking an active role in becoming a stronger, empowered student. We look forward to meeting you soon.

How to apply

During the School Year:

  1. Get to know us. Visit us at one of our Open House sessions. Take some time to peruse the Nora School website with your student. Contact Marcia Miller, the Director of Admissions, to visit or to request more information and brochures. Stop by our table at the many education fairs we participate in. Come to our Parent Education Series or our other public events. We look forward to meeting with you and your student and discussing what Nora has to offer!
  2. Make an appointment for an Admissions visit and interview. A parent meeting is usually held first, either at Nora or on the phone. From there the student is invited for a half-day Admissions visit. Visits are usually in the morning, from 9 – 12, but arrangements can be made for other times. Each prospective student attends several classes with a host student and meets with the Head of School. Parents also tour the school, meet with the Admissions Director, and also meet with a member of our Admissions Committee, usually the Head of School. Parents are generally finished by 10:00 or 10:30, and return before noon to pick up their student.
  3. Submit an application, along with a $75.00 application fee. Call us for an application at 301.495.6672 or email Marcia Miller, Director of Admissions, at Completed applications are not required before the Admissions visit. The visit is required, however, to round out the full application.
  4. Submit a request to your current school for your official transcripts and records, and for any educational testing.  All paperwork is to be sent in confidence directly to the Admissions Office. A transcript request form is included in the application papers. (A transcript can be faxed or emailed for the purposes of application timing, but an official transcript will be required before a student can begin attending classes.) Testing, while not required, is requested if any has been done.
  5. Submit a reference form to your student’s current and recent teachers.  Contact Director of Admissions Marcia Miller for this form.

Deadlines: We believe there is no deadline to knowing when a different school choice is the right one, thus there is no admissions deadline. To receive the best consideration for rising 9th graders, however, applications are first considered in February, and then only as space is available.  For other grades The Nora School maintains a rolling admissions process as long as there are possible schedule openings. We often admit qualified students throughout the school year in addition to those join us at the beginning of the school year.

(NOTE: Please review our Financial Aid page for deadlines and specific information related to this particular process, with submission deadlines annually in early February.)

After we receive your child’s application, records, and at least three academic references, the Admissions Committee will review your student’s application materials. We will notify you of our decision either in March for Fall applications, or within 2-3 weeks of receiving the fully completed application.

Visit us! If you cannot attend an Open House, we can arrange a parent tour, usually in the afternoon. If you’d like to schedule a visit to our school, or receive more information including an application, please contact Marcia Miller, Director of Admissions at or by calling (301) 495-6672.

We look forward to showing you our incredible high school learning environment. For more information, click on the links to the left of this page.

Marcia Miller, Director of Admissions
(301) 495-6672

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