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 | 2.2 | 60 Years on Norwood Road

LISTEN: In this episode, Kwame Darko, David Hickson, Johanna Cowie, and Bob Hoch talk with Head of School Rodney Glasgow about the founding of the School, the role of the community over the past 60 years, and our school's connection to the wider Sandy Spring community.

Gnu Stories Podcast | 2.1 | SSFS Alumni Spotlight: Michel & Frank, Class of 2020

LISTEN: In this episode, SSFS Head of School Dr. Rodney Glasgow speaks with SSFS Alumni Michel Ruiz-Fuentes and Frank Sheffield who won the national Call for Kindness competition sponsored by Riley’s Way Foundation in May of 2021. The competition challenges teens to apply for grants that fund initiatives that strengthen their communities and inspire kindness. They were the only two recipients in the State of Maryland and were part of a small group of 22 inspiring teens across the country who received the award. Listen to the episode to hear Michel and Frank speak about the competition, their work with Mary Center in Washington DC through Candid Community Care, and their plans for the future.

Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 17: Looking Forward, Seeking Guidance (Student-led Interviews)

LISTEN: In this episode of the Gnu Stories Podcast, we learn more about SSFS teachers Kate, Kristin, and Leslie as they're interviewed by their students. Hear from the teachers about how they got into the education field, their favorite parts about being a teacher, and what it's like to be in the SSFS community.