Sandy Spring Friends School



Meet the Board

About the SSFS Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS), whose primary responsibilities are to determine and maintain the character of SSFS, establish overall policy, conduct strategic planning, ensure the financial stability of the school, and assess the school's effectiveness in manifesting the mission, philosophy, and vision of SSFS.

In doing its work, the Board is guided by the Quaker testimonies of service, simplicity, equality, integrity, stewardship of the environment, and the peaceful resolution of conflict. The Board also endeavors to follow best practices of boards of trustees of independent schools. In this effort, the Board seeks guidance from the Friends Council on Education, the National Association of Independent School, the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, and the Association of Independent Schools of the Greater Washington Area.

Membership of the Religious Society of Friends

As required in the Board’s By-Laws, a majority of the Board must be members of the Religious Society of Friends. Eight board members are appointed by the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, and four members are appointed by the Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The Board of Trustees appoints the remaining members. Board members are appointed for terms of three years and may be reappointed for one additional term. The Board is organized with several officers including a Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Recording Clerk, and Treasurer. The Board organizes itself into several committees which assist in conducting its work.

SSFS Board of Trustees Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Sandy Spring Friends School embraces diversity, equity, justice, and belonging as critical to the fulfillment of our mission. Our Quaker values compel us to practice integrity and to encourage each member of our school to “Let your lives speak.” We encourage an atmosphere of inquiry and reflection into the important and complex issues of human and civil rights. We stand against systemic oppression and discrimination and actively work to eradicate them on our campus and in our world. Our curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programming reflect this commitment from the experiences of our earliest learners through their time as our alums, to the on-going education and development of our administration, faculty, staff, parents, and trustees. From this foundation, all members of the school community actively foster a culture of inclusivity that values multiple perspectives and is supported by transformational dialogue and civic engagement

Approved by the Board of Trustees, April 2021