Sandy Spring Friends School



A Friends School Education

Quaker education is a 325-year old approach to learning. Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore were all founded as Quaker institutions of higher learning. The founders of Cornell and Johns Hopkins were also inspired by the Quaker approach to education. A Quaker education can be characterized by the following principles*:

  • Learning through inquiry
  • Learning through reflection
  • Learning through collaboration
  • Learning through service
  • A culture of respect
  • Teachers as partners in the learning process

Taken from "Teaching Tolerance and Valuing Diversity," by Irene McHenry, former Executive Director, Friends Council on Education.

Quaker (Friends) Education represents a unique combination of academic excellence and spiritual depth.

Quaker Education at SSFS

At SSFS, we have a profound sense of hope in the individual's ability to create positive change within the world, and we foster the values that create change:

Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship.

These values are sometimes referred to by their acronym, the Quaker SPICES.

SSFS’s Quaker roots and identity

Some FAQs About Quakerism at SSFS