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. They help develop capable, responsible, and globally aware students who can apply their learning in useful, practical, and meaningful ways.

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 represents some of the distinctive high-impact learning experiences offered to our students:

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

Middle School

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


Upper School

  • 9th Grade Camping Trip
  • Annual regional, national, and international Intersession Trips
  • Summer Service-Learning Trips
  • Upper School Play and Musical
  • Internships
  • Senior Projects