The Nora School is an intentionally small,
college preparatory high school dedicated to
bringing out the best in bright students who
The school is celebrating over 50 years
with the same mission: to provide a safe and
inclusive learning environment while challenging students intellectually. “We enjoy cognitive
diversity in our classrooms. Discussion-based
classes allow students to explore topics collaboratively, more deeply and thoughtfully,”
says Marcia Miller, director of admissions.
“Being actively engaged in learning gives
them a place to find their voice in an intel-
lectually rigorous, yet safe, accepting and
Founded in 1964 as The Eberhard
School, it has remained intentionally small
and personal. Facilities are growing, with an
expansion coming soon. But, Miller says, “Our
dedication to a small, safe, inclusive and sup-
portive community will always stay the same.
Our classrooms will stay small, and personal
connections between teachers and students
will remain at the heart of our efforts.”
Many students and their families turn to
The Nora School because they’ve become
frustrated in big, impersonal institutions. Oth-
ers are seeking a more engaging education
without an emphasis on standardized testing.
“At Nora, many of our students say they can
finally breathe,” says Miller.
Besides college-preparatory academics,
The Nora School offers sports, arts and music
programs, student government, dances and
homecoming events, outdoors clubs, a January Intersession, and a mindfulness program.
“We help students enhance strengths and
build confidence about their place in the
world,” says Miller. She echoes the school’s
philosophy about encouraging personal
responsibility and building excitement about
learning – “Small classes. Personal connections. Enjoy learning again.” While inspiring a
critical worldview, The Nora School prepares
students for college, work and life.
The Nora School
955 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Enjoy learning again.”
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