Upper School Athletics

Athletics and Physical Education is an integral part of the curriculum at SSFS. All students are encouraged to participate in interscholastic sports and physical activity. Through participation in the Athletic and Physical Education program, students will develop good habits in health and physical conditioning and gain an awareness of their physical capabilities. Students will also experience and deal with competition in a positive and constructive manner, develop self-discipline, and learn and practice good sportsmanship.

The Sandy Spring Friends School Athletic Department always keeps in mind the abiding reason why sports are in schools: they have the important capacity to be educational. In the athletic experience a young person can learn to develop skills that complement the classroom experience. They can learn how to set long-term goals and be dedicated to them, learn how to problem solve in the midst of pressure-filled situations, and learn to recognize the importance of honest effort, contribution, and sportsmanship. The habits established through athletic competition- resilience, stamina, and perseverance- can last a lifetime.

Each Upper School student in Grades 9 and 10 are required to complete two units of physical activity per year. Each Upper School student in Grades 11 and 12 are required to complete one unit of physical activity per year. This requirement can be met through participation on an interscholastic sports team, intramural team, off-campus sport participation, or by taking a Physical Education course offered during the school day and/or after school.


  • Baseball - Men's Varsity (JV team as needed)
  • Basketball - Men's and Women's Varsity (JV teams as needed)
  • Cross Country – Men’s and Women’s Varsity
  • Golf - Varsity
  • Ice Hockey (Blake Bengals Club) - Varsity
  • Lacrosse - Men's and Women's Varsity (JV teams as needed)
  • Soccer - Men's and Women's Varsity (JV teams as needed)
  • Softball - Women's Varsity (JV team as needed)
  • Tennis - Men's and Women's Coed Club
  • Track and Field – Men’s and Women’s Varsity
  • Volleyball - Women's Varsity (JV team as needed)
  • Wrestling - Varsity
PVAC Schools

Our Men's athletic teams compete in the PVAC (Potomac Valley Athletic Conference). The member schools are:

  • Edmund Burke School
  • The Field School
  • Grace Brethren Christian Academy
  • (The Melvin J. Berman) Hebrew Academy
  • (The Charles E. Smith) Jewish Day School
  • McLean School
  • St. Anselm's Abbey School
  • Washington Christian Academy
  • Washington International School
  • Washington Waldorf School
ISL Schools

Our Women's athletic teams compete in the ISL (Independent School League). The member schools are:

  • Bullis School
  • (Connelly School of the) Holy Child
  • Episcopal High School
  • Flint Hill School
  • Georgetown Day School
  • Georgetown Visitation Prep School
  • The Holton-Arms School
  • Madeira School
  • Maret School
  • National Cathderal School
  • The Potomac School
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • St. Stephen's and St. Agnes
  • Stone Ridge School (of the Sacred Heart)
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