Sandy Spring Friends School



Sandy Spring Friends Lower School

Nurturing the innate curiosity of young minds through exploration.

At Sandy Spring Friends School, we believe students learn best when creative thinking, active listening, social-emotional skills, and positive interactions are reinforced in the classroom. Through close collaboration between teachers and peers, students develop a deep love of learning. Our students learn to shape questions about concepts and ideas, reflect upon their learning, and put their learning into action, developing initiative and self-advocacy skills in the process.

Jauffmick Michel and Amir Tejpar P ’26, ’30

"Our older daughter started in Kindergarten; she tended to be on the shy side. We decided to give Sandy Spring Friend’s Lower School a try, and it was one of the best parenting decisions we’ve ever made. Now that she’s in the Upper School, she’s turned 180 degrees in her maturation—how she interacts with us and her peers. She’s come out of her shell and she’s comfortable in her skin…she’s truly blossomed."

Jauffmick Michel and Amir Tejpar P ’26, ’30, Parents

Chanelle Broughton

Chanelle Broughton
Lower School Head
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Joel Gunzburg

Joel Gunzburg
Assistant Lower School Head
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Pam Gilmer, Lower School Administrative Assistant

Pam Gilmer
Lower School Administrative Assistant
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Every day, we create an environment in which children can follow their curiosity into experimentation and engagement, applying their energy to full participation in collaborative learning, hands-on activities, and opportunities for academic enrichment.

Private Elementary 2nd Grade Student in classroom, Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship

Our dedication to celebrating diversity, nurturing awareness, and inspiring compassion among our students sustains our community of global citizens. Through our emphasis on peaceful conflict resolution, community service, and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, our Lower School students become involved and invested in making a positive impact on the world community.

Learn how we help our children become global citizens:


Private Elementary, 4th grade students, inquiry-based learning in classroom

Intentional Community

Lower School students are encouraged to be responsible and responsive listeners and fully present members of a community. Through active listening and interactive modeling, they demonstrate their understanding and readiness to learn. By allowing every person to have a voice and a chance to shine, they recognize that each of their fellow students should be respected for their ideas, experiences, and expertise.

Learn about the programs and activities that strengthen our community ties:


Private Elementary 2nd and 1st grade students, Meeting For Worship

Quaker Values

In keeping with our Quaker belief that there is "that of God in everyone," we honor the unique gifts within each child. We focus on every student’s academic, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. By emphasizing the individual strengths of our students, we nurture their sense of self-worth and give them the confidence to take risks within a safe and supportive environment.


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More About Sandy Spring Friends  Lower School

Sandy Spring Friends Lower School—a private elementary school—is located close to a number of communities including Silver Spring, Olney, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Columbia, and Laurel. We are conveniently located off the ICC (Exit 13). Our Lower (Elementary) School begins in Preschool (Age 3) and continues to 5th grade.