Our educators see and hear their students, and encourage them to create lives that speak with quiet and certain confidence.
Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today's global community. SSFS sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD—an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation and collaboration, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion and personal growth. Our educators are subject matter experts with a continuing thirst for learning. They are progressive; they are kind; they are patient and encouraging; they promote experiential and outdoor learning; they utilize the nearby cities as cultural resources and valuable urban centers; they educate the entire student; they take an active interest in their students, finding meaning and Truth in their lives; they participate in an active decision-making process that involves consensus-building; they respect everyone in a diverse and international setting; and they promote the universal values that form the social fabric of our school. They look for the Light within each child, and respond to their students' styles in ways that support and elicit their best efforts. Education is their passion, and they embrace an environment in which professional development is encouraged. They promote an outstanding academic atmosphere and a safe space in which students, faculty, and parents operate as partners to cultivate academic understanding, social responsibility, and personal growth for all.