Sandy Spring Friends School




SSFS Faculty
Campus Farm

At Sandy Spring Friends School we question, we reflect, and we act on knowledge learned both in and out of the classroom in ways that foster critical thinking and empower us to make the world a better place.

Adventurous. Interactive. Love. Joy. Peace. Caring. Safety. Special.  When we asked our students to describe Sandy Spring Friends School in just one word, these are the words they chose. If you spend time with us, you will see how much these words truly resonate. Our commitment to experiential learning and a transformative education can be witnessed on any given day. Walking across our beautiful campus, you hear the laughter and chatter of students as they move from building to building and room to room between classes. You feel the intense focus of students taking notes and grappling with robust essential questions, using what they know to build a bridge to what they have yet to discover. You catch teachers pouring over the creation of multi-modal assessments, and coaches getting ready for the team practice before the next big game. You hear the delighted squeals of kindergarteners discovering frogs and tadpoles by the pond, and the harmony of student performers practicing for the upcoming musical. And, on occasion, you can even smell pizza baking in the handmade oven near our active farm. Education at Sandy Spring Friends School here at our home on Norwood Road is a full sensory experience! 

At SSFS, students and teachers lead and learn together. You’ll find that our students have a voice on important matters, on and off our campus. They cultivate their voices through a dynamic, rigorous curriculum that informs and calls them to action, and through trusted relationships with teachers who see the unique worth in every student. Our Quaker values compel us to work hard at creating a sense of belonging on our campus as we affirm and support the diversity of our students and faculty. And, as good as we are, we also remain open to the quiet moments of reflection that lead to continuing revelation, and new pathways forward.

I surely hope that you find your way to Sandy Spring Friends School one day soon. When you do, you’ll find that it is a place where “Way opens” and you can truly “Let your life speak.”


Rodney Glasgow
Head of School

SSFS Head of School, Dr. Rodney Glasgow

Dr. Rodney Glasgow, Head of School

GnuStories Podcast

Join us biweekly as SSFS Head of School Rodney Glasgow interviews members of our community and shines a light on all of the exciting things taking place at our School.

Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 15: Have You Herd? The Middle School has a Podcast!

LISTEN: In this episode, join Rodney as he talks with Middle School faculty member Lindsay Kellogg and our student podcasters, Ben and Zoe about their podcast "Have You Herd," and the MS online newspaper "The Wildebeest Weekly." Then, hear clips from their podcast to get a closer look at our Middle School community.

Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 14: DEI in the Lower School - How to talk about Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging with Preschool - 5th grade students

LISTEN: SSFS Head of School Rodney Glasgow speaks to Nicole Lee, Director of Institutional Equity Justice and Belonging and author of “Raising AntiRacist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race and Parenting” about our youngest learners - preschool through 5th grade - through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and belong and how we, as a school and as parents, can raise children who are anti-racist, anti-ableism, and anti-oppression.

Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 13: Heads of School Reflect On: Leadership, Identity, & Quaker Education

LISTEN: In this episode, Rodney speaks with Brenda Crawley, Head of Plymouth Meeting Friends School, and Karen Cumberbatch, Head of Carolina Friends School. Brena and Karen share their experience as members of the SSFS community and reflect on what it means to be a woman of color in a leadership position, decision-making during COVID-19, and what drew them to Quaker Education.