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. Within a safe environment that combines challenging academics with a welcoming space for students to explore, our students are able to fully experience and enjoy 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."
Head of Middle School
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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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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Quakerism is conveyed through our weekly Meetings for Worship, in advisory group discussions, and through lessons provided by the student led committees. At the same time, the lessons of Quakerism are infused 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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