Sandy Spring Friends School

 

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Fast Facts

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from age three through 12th Grade, with an optional boarding program in the Upper School.

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—an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth.

 

At A Glance

group

675

Students across three divisions. 

teacher

168

Faculty & Staff working at SSFS, each one contributing to a positive educational experience for our students.

ratio

8:1

Student-Teacher Ratio 

coed

16

Average class size. Many classes are smaller than 16; all are characterized by supportive and trusting relationships between students and teachers.

General Information

Address
16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

 

Phone
Main: (301) 774-7455
Fax: (301) 924-1115

Head of School
Dr. Rodney Glasgow
 

Campus

140+
Acre Campus

3
Athletic Fields

Instructional Organic Farm

Swimming
Pond

2 Preschool
Gardens

40 Foot Rock
Climbing Wall

6 Miles of Cross-Country Trails

Midway between D.C & Baltimore

Faculty & Staff

168
Faculty & Staff

9 Faculty-Staff Members
are Alumni

91
Teaching Faculty

74 Teaching Faculty Hold Advanced Degrees

23%
Faculty & Staff of Color

Student Body

186  Lower School
Students (PK3-5)

39 Upper School
Boarding Students

7% 
Identify as Quaker

180 Middle School
Students (6-8)

14 
Countries Represented

100% Graduates Accepted to College/University

332 Upper School
Students (9-12)

53% 
Students of Color

16
Average Class Size

 "Let Your Lives Speak."

This motto expresses our philosophy of educating all aspects of a person so that their life—in all of its facets—can reveal the unique strengths within.