Sandy Spring Friends School



Lower School Curriculum

At Sandy Spring Friends Lower School, we focus on each child’s growth academically, physically, socially, and spiritually. 

Our Lower School emphasizes the individual strengths and talents of each child, nurturing a sense of self-worth and a confidence to take risks. Our supportive teachers help each student develop mastery of basic skills and concepts with open-ended problem solving, expansive thinking, and creative writing.

Looking for the Preschool Curriculum? Visit our Preschool Curriculum Page!

Sarah Barton Thomas
Head of Lower School
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Pam Gilmer, SSFS Lower School Administrative Assistant

Pam Gilmer
Lower School Administrative Assistant
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Language Arts



Social Studies




Physical Education

Other Lower School Curriculum Highlights

  • Outdoor Education on our 140-acre campus, including exploration of our woods, pond, and streams.

  • Technology integration, from project-based learning assignments to our 1:1 iPad program in the 4th and 5th grade.

  • Our Library program, fostering a love of books and teaching information skills to our students.

  • Building age-appropriate Life-Skills to nourish a respectful and caring classroom community and develop essential emotional and social learning competencies.