The SSFS campus is part of the Anacostia Watershed, with a spring running through our campus. Students utilize the spring for outdoor experiential learning, and act as stewards to ensure they contribute positively to the health of the stream.
We prepare students to create a sustainable future on one of the largest and most beautiful campuses in the region.
With 140 acres nestled between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the serenity of Sandy Spring Friends School is amplified by the nearby bustle. Pastoral, light-filled, and functional, the forested SSFS campus includes academic and administrative buildings, the historic Meeting House, student housing, faculty residences, a state of the art performing arts center, an athletics center (including a fitness center and climbing wall), sports fields, a swimming pond, and an aerial park.
For our students, this is an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion and personal growth.
of the School's energy consumption is offset by our 2 solar fields.
Miles of cross-country trails in our old-growth forest.
Pounds of food grown on our organic farm.
Trails of varying difficulty at our aerial adventure park.
The SSFS Community Farm is a community-run educational and working farm that supplies the School's kitchen with fresh, organically-grown seasonal produce and provides members of the SSFS community with opportunities for hands on experience in sustainable food production.
Designed and created by Michelle Higgins (parent of a 2014 alumnus) and Kate Santorineos (LS art teacher), the mural—made up of 44,000 stones donated from the community from around the world—hold an inspiring message to all who come to campus: "Tend the Garden in your Heart, and by Walking in the Light, your Vines and Lilies will Thrive.”