Sandy Spring Friends School



Middle School Curriculum

Sandy Spring Friends Middle School encourages our students to challenge their hearts, minds, and bodies and take academic risks in an atmosphere of support and safety.At Sandy Spring Friends School, we believe in the development of academic skills through holistic, nurturing, and often non-traditional approaches.  By creating a supportive environment, that encourages open and honest communication between educator and student, our students feel supported to take on academic risks. Additionally, the curriculum exposes and educates students to the many diverse cultures found within the wider community.  Recognizing that experience shapes character, students are provided opportunities for leadership, artistic expression, athletic competition, meaningful community service, and extended field trips. Our students depart the Middle School with a strong collection of academic and life skills, taking the next step on a path towards the Upper School with confidence.

Middle School Curriculum

Download a printable version of our Middle School Curriculum for more details about our courses and  educational philosophy.

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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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Global Languages


Physical Education

Other Middle School Curriculum Highlights

  • As part of an Advisory Group, students are matched with a faculty member who serve as a student advocate and offer guidance through the student’s challenges and successes.
  • Community Service opportunities, which help our students learn to be contributing members of both their community and the world.
  • Our School offers a variety of experiential learning opportunities , which provide meaningful, longer, and memorable experiences that are correlated to various aspects of the curriculum and build community.
  • Our students have opportunities for Leadership, whether by serving on a committee or attending conferences related to peace, Quakerism, environmentalism and diversity.
  • In the afternoon, students may choose to participate in a Tutorial, Athletics, or an Elective..
  • The Middle School provides Student Support Services to students, faculty, and families to assist students in acquiring the academic, social, and emotional skills needed for success.