Sandy Spring Friends School

 

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Sandy Spring Friends Middle School

An inclusive community where students feel supported while taking on big challenges.

Sandy Spring Friends Middle School offers a strong academic program that is taught by dynamic teachers and emphasizes critical thinking, global-mindedness, and problem solving. Through a combination of challenging academics and a welcoming environment for students to explore, our students are able to fully experience and take advantage of their Middle School years.

"Rooted in Quaker values, our program allows students to access and thrive in the academic program by creating spaces for students to feel comfortable within their classroom setting.
David Blake
Head of Middle School

David Blake, Head of SSFS Middle School

David Blake
Head of Middle School
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Erin Ryan, MS Administrative Assistant

Erin Ryan
Middle School Administrative Assistant
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Admissions Contacts:

Tony McCudden
Director of Enrollment Management, Grades 6-12 (Day Students)
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Bill Mena
Director of Boarding and International Admissions, Grades 6-12
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Private Middle School, Science Class, 6th Grade Students

Academic Excellence

At SSFS, students experience a progressive, academically-challenging college preparatory program infused with Quaker values. Our curriculum is taught through a seven-day rotating block schedule, which allows for longer periods of class time and provides opportunities for both in-depth discussion and applied or hands-on learning. The low faculty-to-student ratio in our Middle School classes enables us to use an interdisciplinary approach to teaching such that lessons become applicable in many areas of the school day.

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Private Middle School, Inquiry-based Classroom Activity, 8th Grade Students

Student Empowerment & Support

The development of leadership, self-advocacy, and self-regulatory skills are essential parts of our program and are embedded in every area of Middle School life, as we encourage our students to use their voices to be advocates for ideas and principles in a way that works for them. Because our students are empowered with a great deal of responsibility, our faculty and staff provide plenty of support to develop the skills needed to manage these responsibilities successfully.

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Independent Middle School, Quaker Education, Meeting For Worship

Quaker Values

Quakerism is conveyed through our weekly Meetings for Worship and through lessons provided by the student led committees. At the same time, the lessons of Quakerism are rooted in every area of the program. Our program recognizes that each student brings a unique set of similarities to and differences from their classmates; it is our task to create a space where they feel comfortable with both.

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More About Sandy Spring Friends  Middle School

Sandy Spring Friends Lower School—a private middle 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 Middle School begins in the 6th grade and continues to 8th grade.