Middle School Welcome
Rooted in Quaker values, our program allows students to access and thrive in the academic program by creating spaces for students to feel comfortable within their classroom setting.
Sandy Spring Friends Middle School offers a strong academic program that emphasizes critical thinking, global-mindedness, and problem solving, taught by dynamic teachers providing students with the skills needed to be successful in a challenging college preparatory Upper School and beyond. Rooted in Quaker values, our program allows students to access and thrive in the academic program by creating spaces for students to feel comfortable within their classroom setting. Through this combination, our students are able to fully experience and take advantage of their Middle School years.
At SSFS, students will experience a progressive, academically-challenging college preparatory program infused with Quaker values. We recognize that students thrive in an educational environment where they feel that their unique contributions are valued; therefore, the Sandy Spring Middle School curriculum has reinforcing and interwoven areas of curricular focus.
The academic curriculum is taught through a seven-day rotating block schedule, which allows for longer periods of class time and provides opportunities for both in-depth discussion and applied or hands-on learning. In addition to a strong traditional course load that includes English, science, math, social studies, and health, students also take core classes of French or Spanish, Student Skills for Success (SSfS), and arts (visual, music, drama, movement weaving and digital media arts). Students also have the option of taking either an elective (ranging from robotics to cooking with science), competitive or non-competitive sports, or tutorial. The low faculty-to-student ratio in our Middle School classes enables us to use an interdisciplinary approach to teaching such that lessons become applicable in many areas of the school day.
Ever mindful of best practices in teaching, Sandy Spring Friends Middle School seeks to be attentive to each facet of a student, ensuring that every individual is actively seen, heard, and appreciated for his or her unique contributions. The development of leadership, self-advocacy, and self-regulatory skills are essential parts of our program and are embedded in every area of Middle School life, as we encourage our students to use their voices to be advocates for ideas and principals in a way that works for them. Because our students are empowered with a great deal of responsibility, our faculty and staff provide plenty of support to develop the skills needed to manage these responsibilities successfully.
Quakerism is conveyed through our weekly Meetings for Worship and through lessons provided by the student led committees. At the same time, the lessons of Quakerism are rooted in every area of the program. Our program recognizes that each student brings a unique set of similarities to and differences from their classmates; it is our task to create a space where they feel comfortable with both.
Jonathan Oglesbee, Middle School Head