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 teacher and student, each child feels supported in taking 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 day and overnight 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 Guide for more details about our program 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

  • Advisory Groups, through which students are matched with a faculty member who serve as a student advocate and offers 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
  • A variety of experiential learning opportunities, which provide meaningful, in-depth, and memorable experiences that are correlated to various aspects of the curriculum and build community
  • Opportunities for Leadership, whether by serving on a committee or attending conferences related to peace, Quakerism, environmentalism, or diversity
  • Optional afternoon Tutorial, Athletics, or Elective opportunities
  • Middle School-specific Student Support Services for students, faculty, and families to assist with students acquiring the academic, social, and emotional skills needed for success