Sandy Spring Friends School



Experiential Learning at SSFS

At Sandy Spring Friends School, we believe that learning is significantly enriched by experience-based projects and programs. Through this approach, we develop capable, responsible, and globally-minded students who  are equipped to effectively apply their learning.

Experiential Education Across All Three Divisions

SSFS students learn about the world by being in the world. Integrated into the fabric of the School, the following represent some of the distinctive high-impact learning experiences offered to our students:

5th Grade Camping-Outdoor Ed

Lower School

  • Field Trips that bring classroom curriculum to life
  • Organic and sustainable farming
  • Classroom plays and Lower School performances
  • Overnight camping trips in 4th and 5th Grade
MS - Farm Immersion Week

Middle School

  • Grade-level signature trips that tie back to classroom curriculum
  • Summer language immersion trips
  • Middle School arts nights and play
  • Middle School Immersion Week with hands-on workshops


US Intersession - Puerto Rico

Upper School


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